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 your self 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, burning
a CD of all your data, or copying your files onto floppy disks are your
best options. Once you have completed this task, store the copied data
files, along with program software, in a separate sturdy container away
from the computer unit. 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 DRIVE AND FLOPPY DISK DRIVE ::
After you made backup copies of your data files, make sure that you remove
CD’s and/or floppy disks from your computer. Leaving them in their respective
drives 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
MOVING THE PRINTER ::
Again, original packing materials are your best choice for securing your printer
for transportation. If you have a printer that uses a powder based ink, such
as a laser printer, remove the cartridge that contains the ink, so that the
ink does not damage the unit. Consult the printer owners’ manual for
additional recommended procedures.
CABLES AND OTHER EXTERNAL
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 the computer. By labeling the wires, setting
up the system at the new location is going to be simpler. Once you have labeled
the wires, place them with the appropriate device or in a separate box. The box
containing the wires should be clearly identified and stored with the rest of
your system until it is ready to be moved.