Packing up your PC

Now more than ever we rely on our computers – whether you use it to store photos, music, business or other important documents – it is important to pack and store it safely.

A good way to ensure you don’t lose any of your data is to perform a backup. This means you will have your important documents and memories stored elsewhere in case something were to go wrong. You can back up your documents onto cd’s – but the most convenient storage device would be a USB or an external hard drive.

There are a lot of wires and cords to deal with when packing up your desktop PC – so it pays to pack them away neatly and to note down which cords go where – this can be done by taping and naming each cord. This will help when the time comes to get your computer back up and running.

Monitors are very fragile and should be treated with care. The screens are made of glass and if knocked can crack and break. A good way to ensure your monitor is kept safe is to wrap it heavily in bubble wrap, surround it with polystyrene balls and to store it in its original box. If you don’t have the original box – then a similar size box will do the trick. To be on the safe side you could wrap a towel or something similar around the bubble wrap.

Printers are also very delicate and should be packed in its original box (or a similar size box). Polystyrene cardboard or beads should be placed inside the box which will help protect the printer.