PREPARING YOUR COMPUTER FOR A MOVE

If you are like me and most other people today, you have a close connection to your computer. You may use your computer for your work, classes, household budgeting and general personal transactions including storage of images and scanned documents. That said, it is agreed that this is an item you mostly likely want to moved out last and set up first in your moving transition. It is also an item you want to move properly. Thus, there are certain things that you should do to ensure your computer finds its way safely and [in prime working condition] to your its new home.



GENERAL PREPARATION

  • Back Up Files

Since your computer holds some many important files, you should definitely back up your files. There are several ways to back up your computer.

  • Using a USB flash drives or a more sophisticated external hard drive will allow you to copy your files from one place to another.

  • You can either select a portion of the files in your computer or else do a full back up (includes program files) or and entire computer back in what’s known as a System Image (includes operating system)

  • Using a Cloud service.

There are several YouTubes available to step you through this process for both PC and Mac computers.

  • Security

  • Gather all passwords and put them in a dedicated journal.

  • Store all your back up files in a safe place.

  • Gather all technical paperwork for your computer and software programs

  • Removable Disks

Be sure to remove all disks for all drives before starting your packing process.


PACKING YOUR DESKTOP COMPUTERS

Packing a desktop computer is certainly more complicated than packing a laptop. So, let’s begin there. If you have retained your computer’s original packing then you are a full step ahead of this game. If not, here is a list of packing supplies to obtain. Be sure to measure your computer for the size of box it will require.


Supplies needed

  • Thick-walled box

  • Bubble wrap

  • Packing paper

  • Packing peanuts

  • Ziplocs of various sizes

  • Packing tape

Packing process

  • Power off your computer

  • Disconnect all cords

  • Line the bottom of your box with bubble wrap or crumpled packing paper to cushion your computer.

  • Wrap computer tower in packing paper before placing into a box

  • Repeat previous step with all other parts.

  • Complete your box by sprinkling packing peanuts around the empty spaces then covering all with bubble wrap or crumpled packing paper

  • Secure with packing tape and label.

PACKING YOUR LAPTOP COMPUTER

After following the above back up procedure, move on to packing your laptop. If you have retained the original packaging, this is all you will need.


Otherwise, obtain a computer tote bag in order to keep your computer and corresponding cords in one place. Keep this tote with you. Do not put it with other items to be moved on the moving truck.


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