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Your home computer represents an investment, whether you use it to plan your family's budget, file recipes, communicate with your family and friends or simply enjoy games. Naturally, you want to safeguard it from damage. With careful planning and proper packing, your computer can be transported safely when you relocate.
If you do not have an exact record of the cost of you computer (including any accessories you have purchased to add to it), you may want to obtain a current retail cost of your complete system.
If you choose to pack it yourself, your computer should be placed in its original carton and packing material when possible. If you have discarded the original packaging: Choose a sturdy box large enough to permit you to surround the computer with packing material Crumpled, unprinted newspaper and plastic bubble wrap are the best packing materials. They will serve as a protective cushion and can be purchased from your local moving company.
The computer tower should be handled with extreme care. This unit is especially sensitive to jarring. Again, use a box large enough to accommodate the tower and plenty of packing material on all sides. These precautionary steps also should be taken when handling an external disk drive.
The disks that contain your programming and stored data should be moved with you. They are sensitive to heat and cold, and warping could occur with extreme temperatures that can build up inside a moving van. As a precaution, you may choose to duplicate important files stored on disks and you computer's hard drive onto backup disks. Place them in a different box or take them with you.
Any laser or ink jet printer, remove the toner and any ink cartridges, and carry the cartridges with you if your move occurs during hot weather. For other types of printers, the printer head should be secured – preferably with the original cardboard or plastic parts – to prevent it from shifting. Be sure to refer to the owner’s manual for preparations specific to your printer model.
The remainder of your computer – the keyboard and monitor - consists of solid state circuitry, much like that in a television set. Place crumpled, unprinted newsprint in the bottom of a box and k the items as you would other computer components. For additional instructions on packing monitors, please refer to your owner’s manual.
At Delivery - Carefully check and mark off the inventory when your shipment is delivered. Allow the computer to reach room temperature before attempting to use it. If it has been particularly cold, watch for condensation, as moisture also can cause damage.
Final Thoughts - For any special questions or concerns about moving your home computer, consult a computer manufacturer representative. Proper preparation prior to a move will ensure the safety of your computer.