You spend a great deal of money on your laptop and desktop computer so you definitely don’t want to risk ruining them during your move. Since moving trucks can get very hot in the summer (over 100 degrees!) moving electronics in your personal vehicle is the best way to minimize damage. But, there are other precautions you should take before hitting the road, especially if you have a long trip.
The most important step, and I know this from personal experience, is to back up your computer(s) before you do anything else. There is nothing worse than losing a year’s worth of hard work because you are in a rush. If you have a lot of data on your computer and work from it every day, it is definitely worth it to purchase an external hard drive. You can find some for as little as fifty dollars. If you have only a few pictures that you’d like to back up, you may be able to get away with a simple zip drive.
Now you’re ready to get started. You’ll want to leave the disk drive empty, so be sure to remove any CDs or DVDs that you may have had in there. Next, be sure to read the hard drive moving instructions that came with your computer. Each model will have different directions that can be found in the owner’s manual. If you’re like me and tossed these aside the moment you set up your equipment, just search online for your specific type.
This next step may seem like a given, but more often than not, people don’t follow this rule. Shut down your computer properly! Do not just shut your laptop and assume everything is locked and loaded. Close all programs and shut down fully. Once everything is off, start disconnecting cables, labeling them as you go. This will make setting up in your new home a much simpler process.
If you have the original carton for your computer or laptop, use it to repack. If you don’t have the original packing materials, that’s fine. Talk to your mover about the best materials to use. Chances are, they can provide you with exactly what you need.
Lastly, if you’re packing a computer, you’re most likely packing the printer and/or copier and scanner that you use with it. Remove all of the paper and pack that separately. You’ll also want to remove any ink or toner. Be sure to read the instructions provided with your equipment to avoid destroying anything.
Often, when people plan on carrying items in their own vehicle during a move, small details are overlooked. These small details can lead to permanent damage and loss of important information. So, if you decide to move your computer/laptop with you personally, be sure to take the necessary steps to ensure safe and efficient delivery.