It's easy to protect your computer, printer, peripherals and valuable files when moving.
Backup Your Data:
Be sure to back up all of your important files and programs. Store the backup
disks with your original program disks and keep in a secure container. Remove
all floppy diskettes, CD-ROMs, tapes, etc. (Some older computers will have hard
disk head parking utilities. If so, park the hard disk drive.)
Shut Down and Disconnect:
Shut down your computer before turning it off or unplugging any cables.
Carefully unplug all power cables.
Carefully unplug all cables to peripheral devices.
Make note as to what devices the cables were plugged into by writing it on a
piece of masking tape and attaching the tape to the cable.
Don't stress cables-avoid crimping, pulling, and crushing forces.
Carefully move the monitor (for packing) as it can be heavy and awkward to
Disconnect the printer, open the print head, and remove ink cartridges, laser
cartridge, or ribbon. Unplug and mark the cables as noted above.
Packing Your Computer:
Follow these suggestions to avoid damage to your computer, monitor, printer and
other peripheral devices during the move:
PROTECT THE COMPUTER EQUIPMENT AGAINST PHYSICAL JARRING AND SHOCK. The original
box your computer and peripheral devices came in is the best choice for packing
for your move. The rigid Styrofoam or formed cardboard packing material will
hold the equipment securely in place.
Take special care to safeguard your monitor as the screen is made of glass and
can be easily cracked or scratched on contact. Pack the monitor - in the event your
original box is not available, you should get an appropriately sized box and
shock resistant insulation (Styrofoam "popcorn" or bubble wrap) as a
A computer tower or desktop unit should be packed upright or on its side with
the motherboard side lying flat on the bottom (consult your manual if you're
unsure which side this may be). Systems that are carried/shipped upside down or
with the motherboard side at the top can cause interior cards to loosen during
shipment. While this may not permanently damage parts, it may require costly or
time-consuming technical service afterwards to make it operable. Packing the
CPU - in the event your original box is not available, you should get an
appropriately sized box and shock resistant insulation (Styrofoam "popcorn" or
bubble wrap) as a substitute.
Printer And Other Peripheral Devices:
As with all computer equipment, the original packing box and material is the
best choice for transport because the Styrofoam or formed cardboard is
customized to fit each printer. In the event your original box is not
available, you should get an appropriately sized box and shock resistant
insulation (Styrofoam "popcorn" or bubble wrap) as a substitute.