Packing and Moving Computer Equipment

The society is filled with lots of PCs, iPads, androids, laptops, netbooks and many other handhelds. The fact is that some people have built their lives around these gadgets and cannot afford to lose them or allow them to get damaged. Computer equipment can be very difficult to move. If you do not have the expertise to pack and move your computer equipment, you should not offer yourself a self-service that will damage your priced equipment. That you are an IT manager, business and residential user or a technology company does not confer this expertise on you, so you need to read along so as to know the best way how to move computer equipment.
When we talk about the moving computer equipment, we are not just talking about the hardware, but also the invaluable software. This is why you must follow the steps below if you must have a good move. Even if you are hiring professional London removal companies, offering full packing and protection of the computer equipment, there are still some things you must to do on your own, to prevent any damage or data loss.

  • backup your data

    The first step is for you to back up all your data and files. All your financial records, photos, videos, documents and files must be protected. You can do this with a recordable CD drive, a USB memory drive or an external hard drive. These days, one of the best ways to back up is through the cloud computing system with the web mails. Whichever way you deem fit; just make sure you have all your data backed up. The software is not physical. So, many things can affect it during the move. You can back up in this order, documents, presentations, spreadsheets, pictures, music files, system settings, emails, financial records, saved passwords and others.

  • check computer specification

    When your computer equipment is properly backed up, then you need to get full information about your computer equipment. Here, you try to know the weight, dimensions, age, and other details of your computer equipment. These are the details you might be asked by removal companies. If you are trying to compare moving quotes through online calculators, you may need to input the dimensions of your IT equipment in order to estimate cubic volume of your move. When you asking for full insurance, you might be asked to provide the replacement value of your computer equipment. You can get all this information from an invoice, your computer equipment manual or from the manufacturer's website

  • packing computer equipment

    First step when it comes to packing computer equipment when moving is to disconnect all cables from the computer equipment. Don't ever embark on relocations with the removable cables still plugged on the body of the computer. Remove power cables and all the other cables and label them properly. When you do, hold them in place with velcro or twisty ties. Store these in a very small water proof bag. Wrap your keyboard, the mouse and all other components before you pack.
    The next step is for you to create a packing space. One fact you should know is never to embark on the packing of any item without a neat and spacious packing spec. This is to avoid loss of any of the components of the computer, and to avoid any damage to the equipment. Your packing space can be the table upon which the computer is kept. If your computer is packed in a place, then you need to create another packing space for it. A table is the ideal thing to use.

    At this juncture, it is time to pack your computer equipment for relocation. If you still have the original packing, this will be the best for you. But if you don't have it again, you have to go for a computer packing kit. Make sure you get the necessary padding items to cushion the sides of your computer. The first thing to do is to wrap the entire body of the PC with bubble wrap. When your desktop computer is wrapped, fill in the bottom or base of the box with packing peanuts or shredded paper for cushioning.
    When packing monitor screen, you have to concentrate on the screen. Pad the entire body with the necessary cushioning, but insure that the screen receives more of the padding. Also insure that you do not pack with a box that is too large or too small. The ideal thing is that any box used for the packing should have about 2 - 3 inches of space between the computer equipment and the body of the box.

    Insure that your computer stays upright. If not, pack the motherboard side down. The CRT monitors should be packed inside the box with the screen side down, though with heavy cushioning, while the flat screen monitors should be packed like a mirror. If there is a room left, you can pack the keyboard and mice in the same box with your computer. It is good to pack the peripherals of the computer in their respective boxes for proper protection.
    When you are done packing IT equipment, fill in all the empty spaces at the sides of the box with enough packing peanuts and shredded papers, to insure that the computer equipment does not shift or shake inside the box during your removals from Gloucester. Shake the box while pouring in the peanuts, to insure that it occupies all empty spaces till the entire package is very sturdy so that an external pressure cannot get to the body of the computer equipment inside the box. After filling the sides, it is time for you to fill the top until you have to press the box before it will close. At this juncture, you can now close the seams and tape with a packing tape.

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