How to Pack and Store Computers and Electronics
Modern homeowners may have multiple computers and other electronic devices in their properties, all of which need careful handling if they are to be safely transported to a new home. If you are planning to relocate in the near future, you should spend some time planning how to move all of your electronic equipment, safely and efficiently.
For those of you who may never have planned a major move before or who would just like some advice on how to avoid damaging sensitive electronic equipment during transit, we have put together some tips that we hope will come in useful.
Protecting Your Electronic Equipment
Follow the hints below and all your equipment should arrive at your new home in perfect working order.
- Back up Computer Hard Drives – This is especially important for system drives (where your operating system is installed on each computer) and for any hard drives containing important data that is not already backed up online or to a hard drive in another location. There are a number of ways in which you can back up your data: choose the one that is the easiest and most economical for you.
- Remove All Batteries – If you have batteries in your devices, or the remote controls that you use to operate them, these should be removed. This is especially important if you are putting any of your equipment into storage or there is the possibility that it will not be used for quite some time. Batteries can quickly corrode when not in use, causing significant damage to electronic components.
- Packing Materials – The best way to move electronic equipment such as TVs, Blu-ray players, and Hi-Fi systems is to pack it into the boxes it came in, preferably with the original Styrofoam and cardboard inserts. Failing that, invest in some sturdy new cardboard boxes of an appropriate size, place your devices in them, and pour in a generous helping of foam peanuts for cushioning. If you are transporting flat-screen televisions and LCD/LED PC monitors, you should wrap them in a layer of bubble wrap first, to make sure that no loose Styrofoam particles end up where they are not wanted.
- Wrap Large Items in Protective Blankets – If you own a particularly large LED or plasma television, it is unlikely you will find a handy-sized box in which to transport it. The best solution is to wrap such items in a thick blanket and transport them upright if at all possible.
- Tags & Labels – In the event that you have to pack the components of computer or entertainment systems in separate boxes, it is a good idea to label each one so that you can put them back together easily. For the same reason, it is also a good idea to tag the cables that connect the various components to each other.
For more hints and tips on moving electronic equipment, or for a detailed quotation from your friendly, Perth removalists, please do not hesitate to call or email whenever convenient.