Whether you’re moving a desktop or laptop computer, there are some precautions you’ll want to take during the packing phase of your move to make sure that it is protected every step of the way. Computers can have a lot of accessories, small components, and delicate parts that can be damaged during a move so it’s important to take extra care when packing a computer. While this post is specifically about how to safely pack a computer, the information provided generally applies to most electronics.
Take A Photo
Most computers are pretty simple to set up, but if you have a more complex arrangement, it’s a good idea to take a couple photos of where everything goes. This is especially true of desktop computers that have several cords running to different places. Even if you think you know where everything goes and how it’s supposed to look, having a photo or two to reference can be very helpful.
Back Up Everything
Backing up your files is a key step you should focus on before unplugging or packing anything. There are several options for backing up: an external hard drive, a USB stick, or even the cloud can be good options for backing up all of your information. Computers are delicate machines and can be damaged during a move if not packed properly and the loss of information, photos, documents, and other things stored on the computer can be worse than the computer itself getting damaged in many cases.
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All cords, accessories, and peripherals should be unplugged and packed separately from the other computer components. Since these items (mouse, keyboard, monitor cords, etc.) have small plug-ins that are specifically designed for the computer, any damage to them could potentially render them useless. Try to keep like items together, but take the time to separate the bulkier parts of the computer from the smaller accessories.
The Right Sized Boxes
Try to find moving boxes that are suited to the size of your computer. Too much space left in a box allows room for shifting during the moving process, which is one of the main things that can cause damage. Ideally, a moving box for a computer tower, monitor, or laptop fits snugly around the computer with just a slight amount of room for bubble wrap or other protective packaging materials. If you want to make sure that your computer is fully protected in the best way possible, you may also want to consider crating items, particularly if you have a large monitor.
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Label All Boxes
Finally, make sure that you carefully label all boxes that have a computer tower or monitor inside of them. Not just to make sure that movers or helpers know what’s inside and that it’s fragile, but also so that they’re not flipped upside down while being loaded. Mark boxes with the words “computer,” “fragile,” and “this end up” to reduce the chances of anything being damaged. Likewise, make sure movers know not to stack heavy boxes on top of any boxes that have computers or components inside of them.