You computer is perhaps one of the most important assets in your life and it has every reason to be. So when it is time for relocation you need to be extra careful how to transport your computer. A situation may also arise where you have to keep your computer in a self storage unit. Do not panic at the prospect as there are several ways you can out your computer in storage, so that at the end of the storage tenure, your computer along with all the data that it stores are in impeccable condition. Of course, a little carelessness can land your computer in deep trouble where it becomes the hapless victim of rust, mold, cracks and breakage. We do not want that to happen.
So what are the steps you ought to take to ensure that CDs, software, computers, hard drives, copiers, printers, fax machines, scanners and other electronic devices remain in perfectly workable condition when you retrieve them from storage? Follow these tips to know:
Extreme temperatures, rapid temperature fluctuations and humidity can wreak havoc to computers and other electronic devices. Climate controlled storage facilities use central air and heat controls, to keep the internal condition of the storage unit similar to your home or office environment.
If the region is known for its humidity, try to hire a storage unit which is not at ground levels. Buildings that use dehumidifiers can be better.In case you have stored a device in freezing temperatures, allow it to thaw and bring it to room temperature (for about 48 hours) before turning it on.
You have to remove CDs and DVDs out of drives and players before you put them in storage. Take out the tapes from VCRs and camcorders and other data back up devices.
In case you want to store your computer for a long period of time, never wrap it in plastic sheets as plastic traps moisture, which in turn helps in the growth of mold and mildew. For protection from dust and still allowing air circulation, wrap the computer in a cotton sheet or a cover made from canvas.
The VCR, computer back up tapes, CDs and DVDs in airtight boxes or containers.
Using fire-proof safes might be a better idea to store important original documents or storing critical data.
Back up data must be stored using several methods and preferably in different geographical locations.
For storing documentation in CDs or DVDs, make sure that they are password protected.
For storing hard drives and other sensitive devices use anti-static packaging.
For storing electronic devices, raise the flooring by using planks and artificial platforms. Many storage units offer these free of cost.
As is evident with a bit of care, computers and other sensitive devices can be stored comfortably so that your relocation gets smoother and hassle free.