Moving to or from the San Diego area can be worrisome, especially when it comes to packing important items like your computer. Try not to stress too much because with a little packing advice, it can be easy to protect your computer, printer, peripherals and valuable files when moving. Follow these suggestions to avoid damage to these devices during the move.
Backup Your Data
Before moving anything, be sure to back up all of your important files and programs. Store the backup disks with your original program disks and keep in a secure container. Remove all floppy diskettes, CD-ROMs, tapes, etc. Some older computers will have hard disk head parking utilities. If so, park the hard disk drive.
Shut Down and Disconnect
It is important to shut down and disconnect your computer before packing it. Make sure you follow the below steps to ensure you are packing away your computer in the safest way possible.
Shut down your computer before turning it off or unplugging any cables.
Carefully unplug all power cables.
Carefully unplug all cables to peripheral devices.
Make note as to what devices the cables were plugged into by writing it on a piece of masking tape and attaching the tape to the cable.
Don't stress cables-avoid crimping, pulling, and crushing forces.
Carefully move the monitor (for packing) as it can be heavy and awkward to move.
Disconnect the printer, open the print head, and remove ink cartridges, laser cartridge, or ribbon. Unplug and mark the cables as noted above.
Pack Your Computer
It is important to protect the computer equipment against any physical jarring or shock during the move. Keep this in mind when packing it away. The original box your computer and peripheral devices came in is the best choice for packing for your move. The rigid Styrofoam or formed cardboard packing material were made to hold the equipment securely in place, so packing it in its original box is best.
Pack Your Monitor
Take special care to safeguard your monitor as the screen is made of glass and can be easily cracked or scratched on contact. If the original box for your monitor is not available, you should get an appropriately sized box and shock resistant insulation such as Styrofoam or bubble wrap as a substitute.
Pack Your CPU
A computer tower or desktop unit should be packed upright or on its side with the motherboard side lying flat on the bottom. Be sure to consult your manual if you're unsure which side this may be. Systems that are shipped upside down or with the motherboard side at the top can cause interior cards to loosen during shipment. While this may not permanently damage parts, it may require costly or time-consuming technical service afterwards to make it operable. Again, in the event the original CPU box is not available, you should get an appropriately sized box and shock resistant insulation as a substitute.
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