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How to Successfully Transport your Computer during a Removal

27 August 2014

Transporting your belongings from one location to another is not as simple as it seems. It involves much more than packing items in a box and driving them to a new location. There are certain dos and don’ts which need to be considered.

There is no doubt that your computer is very valuable to you. In many cases, your computer may be your bread and butter. Therefore, the last thing on your mind is leaving it behind when you are moving to a new home. On the other hand, you do not want it to be damaged during the removal and transportation process. So how do you go about a computer removal?
Before even beginning the removal of your beloved computer, you need to prepare it for the big move.

Always back up your important files. This is a precautionary step. If somehow accidentally your computer does break or gets damaged in a way that hinders you from getting your files, you will have a backup and your work will be safe. The same goes for programs. If you have any special programs installed on your computer, backing them up is not a bad idea. There are many ways in which you can back up your files and documents. You could transfer them onto a floppy disk or a CD. Nowadays, with the huge advances in technology, you can even find websites where you can back your files up online – some of these sites offer backup services for free! Often, if you use antivirus services such as Norton, you will find that your package comes with an online backup facility. It is worth checking out what backup services are available for you. After all, the safety of your files and programs should be worth a little research.

Next, you need to ensure that there are no compact discs, floppy drives, memory cards, pen drives etc. left in your computer. This protects your computer and your compact discs, floppy drive etc.

Your computer should be dismantled the correct way. Ensure that no wires are left plugged in the screen, CPU or printer.

Each part of your computer should ideally be packed in the box from which it originally came. A lot of people keep computer boxes in their garage or attic. However, if these are no longer available to you, you can always use other boxes as a substitute. Make sure that your computer parts are protected when you pack them. You can use bubble wrap to individually wrap your computer parts. Alternatively, you can use Styrofoam or Styrofoam popcorn to pad the box.

The CPU should be packed in an upright or sideway position, paying extra attention to make sure that the motherboard is lying flat.

Computer screens need to be packed in and upright position. Make sure that the screen is protected using Styrofoam or bubble wrap, or else you risk cracking or damaging the screen.
Wires should either be packed together and kept safe, or can be packed in the same box as the complementary part of the computer that they belong to.

Label each box accordingly, and add additional labels such as ‘this way up’ and ‘handle with care’. This will be useful during the loading and unloading process. If professional removers are involved, these signs are going to keep them informed and thus your items will be handles with extra care.

Hiring a professional is always a good idea, especially when handling expensive, valuable items such as computer. Not only do they know how to handle your computer, but they also do it the right way!

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