Moving Your Computer
How to Pack Your Computer Equipment:
It's easy to protect your computer, printer, peripherals and valuable files when
Backup your Data
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 from your computer. (Some older computers will have
hard disk head parking utilities. If so, park the hard disk drive.)
Shut Down and Disconnect
Shutdown 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, park the print head, and remove ink cartridges, laser
cartridge, or ribbon. Unplug and mark the cables as noted above
Packing Your Computer
Follow these suggestions to avoid damage to your computer, monitor, printer and
other peripheral devices during the move:
Protect the computer equipment against physical jarring and shock
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
will hold the equipment securely in place.
Packing your Monitor
Take special care to safeguard your monitor as the screen is made of glass and is
easily cracked or scratched on contact. Pack the monitor - in the event your original
box is not available, you should get an appropriate box and shock resistant insulation
(Styrofoam "popcorn" or bubble wrap) as a substitute.
More Packing tips...
A computer tower or desktop unit should be packed upright or on its side with the
motherboard side lying flat on the bottom (consult your manual if you're unsure
which side this may be). Systems that are carried/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. Packing the CPU - in the event
your original box is not available, you should get an appropriate sized box and
shock resistant insulation (Styrofoam "popcorn" or bubble wrap) as a substitute.
Printer And Other Peripheral Devices
As with all computer equipment, the original packing box and material is the best
choice for transport because the Styrofoam or formed cardboard is customized to
fit each printer. In the event your original box is not available, you should get
an appropriate sized box and shock resistant insulation (Styrofoam "popcorn" or
bubble wrap) as a substitute
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