Moving with Computers

In today’s technology-driven economy, personal computers are as common as televisions. However, moving your personal computer requires more preparation than moving that 27-inch TV in your bedroom.

There are general steps that everyone should take before attempting to move a personal computer. By following some simple procedures, you will protect your computer from physical damage and save yourself a substantial amount of time and money.

BACK UP ALL IMPORTANT DATA AND FILES

Make backup copies of all of your data and files stored on your computer. Transferring your files to a temporary external storage device or burning a CD of all your data are some of your best options. Numerous cloud-based data storage and retrieval systems are available as well. Carry your backups with you during the move if you can or ship them in a separate sturdy container away from the computer. While the physical replacement of the hard drive is a relatively simple procedure, replacing the data may be very difficult or impossible. It is also a good idea to consult the owners’ manual for additional recommended procedures.

CD AND OTHER DRIVES

After you made backup copies of your data files, remove all CD’s and other devices from your computer. Leaving them in may damage your computer in the event they are jarred out of place during the transport of the unit.

PACKING THE COMPUTER FOR SHIPPING

If you still have the original packaging in which your computer arrived, use it because it was especially designed for your unit. If you do not have the original packing materials, consider taking your computer to a professional packing center. You may also check with your carrier and see what options are available to you for having your computer professionally packed.

MOVING THE PRINTER

Again, original packing materials are your best choice for securing your printer for transportation. Remove all ink and toner cartridges. Consult the printer owners’ manual for additional recommended procedures.

CABLES AND OTHER EXTERNAL DEVICES

In addition to the cables, your computer may be connected to a number of other external devices. It is a good idea to label the various connection wires by indicating what each wire connects to. This will simplify setting everything up again. Place the wires with the appropriate devices if possible or simply keep them all together.