When preparing for a move, you want to do whatever you can to ensure your belongings arrive at their new location safe and sound. If you’re like most people, your computer is probably one of your most valuable personal possessions, which is why you want to take great care when moving. At Great Day Moving, we’re happy to provide some computer moving guidance so you can take all the necessary precautions when moving a computer. Read on for some helpful tips.
1. Back up files and software programs before moving a computer.
Whether you have a spare hard drive or would prefer burning data onto discs, it’s a good idea to make sure all your important files and software are backed up somewhere outside of your computer. Moving usually will not affect the contents of your computer, but it’s best to be prepared. Keep the backup hardware in a small box or carrying case and make sure they’re kept away from anything magnetic.
2. Check your manuals for any specialized instructions.
Some manufacturers may have special instructions for shutting down your computer properly. For example, if you have an older computer you may be advised to “park” the hard drive.
3. Put your computer components in a plastic bag before you pack them up.
Give your computer time to cool off completely before bagging up the components. Packing and moving a computer that’s still hot is never a good idea. Make sure you keep everything together so you don’t misplace an important cable or wire.
4. Color-code wires and cables if they aren’t already.
Most modern computers come with color-coded wires, but if yours didn’t, or if you have an older computer, it may be a good idea to do it yourself. It will make reconnecting and setup much more simple and easy once you’ve reached your new location.
5. If possible, use the original manufacturer’s packaging.
If you happened to keep the original box the computer came in then great! That’s the ideal way to pack up your computer. If not, then use the double-box method. For this you’ll need two boxes, one smaller than the other. Put the computer components (which you should have already bagged up) in the small box and surround them with bubble wrap. Then line the larger box with bubble wrap or padding of some sort and place the small box into the larger one. This method will help you duplicate the conditions the manufacturer used to ship the computer originally. The inner box and the bubble wrap will help protect the components just like professional packing.
6. Mark the package as “fragile.”
This is pretty self-explanatory. If you have people helping you, they may not know they’re moving a computer so it’s best to be clear about how to handle a given package.
That’s it! You’re ready to transport your computer. Packing and moving a computer is simple and easy when you follow these quick steps.