Safely Putting Your Old Computer Into Storage: It's Not That Hard (Drive)


Do you have any old computers at home that you no longer use? The resale value of an old computer is generally quite low, and so selling an old computer might not be worth the effort. But perhaps you want to hold onto your old hardware just in case you need a backup at some point. However, old computers (which can sometimes be quite bulky) don't need to clutter up your home. Yes, a computer can be quite delicate, but there's no reason why a computer can't be placed inside a storage unit until the day comes when it's needed again. So what do you need to do before you place your old computer into storage?

1. Take a Peek Inside

Check the computer prior to placing it in storage. Check the CD and disc drives and remove any discs that might be inside. The machine can be damaged if these items are kept inside the computer's disc cradles for an extended period of time. Don't forget to backup any data on the computer that you might need.

2. Take a Photo

Prior to disconnecting all the cables from the back of the computer, you should take a photo. This photo will allow you to reconnect everything quickly and easily when you need to use the computer again. Bundle these cables into loose loops (tight loops can break the delicate wires) and bind them with a twist tie. Put them into a plastic bag and store them in the box with the computer.

3. Original Packaging

The computer's original packaging is best to store it in. If you've retained the box and its polystyrene inserts, then this is ideal. Pack the computer back into the box with the inserts and it's ready to be stored. You might also be able to obtain packaging from an electronics store. It will probably not be for the exact model you're storing, but it will be close enough.

4. Plastic Is Not Fantastic

If you cannot obtain computer packaging, then an adequately sized cardboard box is fine. Do not wrap the computer in plastic before you place it inside the box. Plastic can allow trapped moisture (however miniscule) to infiltrate the computer's internal components. The cardboard box will be sufficient protection, but if the storage space is dusty, you might want to cover the box with a fabric dust cover (an old sheet is perfect).

5. An Elevated Surface

Do not place the box on the floor of the self storage unit. While unlikely, a small amount of water might be able to enter the unit during heavy rain. Place the box on an elevated surface. If there is not something suitable already inside the storage unit, you might want to place an old chair or table inside the unit specifically for this purpose. You can also talk with a storage company, such as Dawson Moving, about the availability of pallets or place in the unit. 

With a few easy steps, your computer will be safe and sound for as long as it needs to be stored.


20 November 2015

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