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Windows 7: Packing PC for a move

08 May 2013   #11
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

You're Welcome. Good luck with your move.


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08 May 2013   #12
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

If you have an aftermarket heatsink I would remove that as the weight of the heatsink and fan can cause the mountings to break in shipping causing catastrophic damage to the motherboard, socket, cpu and add in cards such as video.
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08 May 2013   #13
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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Found it, thanks. It is a relief to see that I don't have to take the PC apart. Will check with UPS/FedEX and yes will buy insurance.

Thanks
I just looked at your specs and would strongly suggest you remove your video card and pack it separately as I mentioned before. You don't want that unsupported end bouncing around inside the case while in transit. Believe me, packages don't get treated all that well once out of your sight, even if marked fragile (all that does is make it harder for a carrier to deny a damage claim).
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08 May 2013   #14
Erick Aguilar

Windows 7 professional X64
 
 

Fill the inside of the computer with packing peanuts. They do not create static at all.
You can also use newspaper balls and such.

Later you can just blow it out and of course, don't forget to push on every component to make sure it didn't come loose on the move.
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08 May 2013   #15
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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Fill the inside of the computer with packing peanuts. They do not create static at all...
Seriously? I'd like a drag of what you have been smoking! Packing peanuts are about the worst thing you could use because of the static they DO generate!

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...You can also use newspaper balls and such...

Balled up newspapers would be better than the peanuts but even better than that would be to just remove the graphic card. It would be too easy to damage something by the time you cram the paper in tight enough to keep the card from bouncing around.
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08 May 2013   #16
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

1. Remove after market cpu cooler.
2. Remove video card
3. Remove ram.
4. Wrap the above with news paper.
5. Install 1/2/3 back in the tower with balled up news paper keep them separated and snug in the tower.
6. Get a box with enough room for 2 or 3 inches of room on each side and top and bottom.
7. After putting balled up news paper on the bottom of the box insert the tower and pack all the space with balled up news paper. This should give some degree on shock resistance and add little weight.
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As Lady Fitzgerald posted Do Not use packing peanuts.
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10 May 2013   #17
cimage

win7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
1. Remove after market cpu cooler.
2. Remove video card
3. Remove ram.
4. Wrap the above with news paper.
5. Install 1/2/3 back in the tower with balled up news paper keep them separated and snug in the tower.
6. Get a box with enough room for 2 or 3 inches of room on each side and top and bottom.
7. After putting balled up news paper on the bottom of the box insert the tower and pack all the space with balled up news paper. This should give some degree on shock resistance and add little weight.
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As Lady Fitzgerald posted Do Not use packing peanuts.
Lady Bear, thanks again for point wise packing suggestion. Can you please clarify what is 1/2/3 back? Also I am thinking of packing StyroFoam between the tower and the box instead of balled news print for better stability.
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10 May 2013   #18
cimage

win7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Tons of useful advice, thanks folks. My special thanks go to Layback Bear, Lady Fitzgerald, Indianatone, & Dude.

I have talked to UPS for carrying the tower, yes with insurance(for replacement value) for $1500 bucks. They would need an invoice in the event a claim is filed. Since this is a custom built machine, I have upgraded components overtime so, I will need to arrange an invoice.
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10 May 2013   #19
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
1. Remove after market cpu cooler.
2. Remove video card
3. Remove ram.
4. Wrap the above with news paper.
5. Install 1/2/3 back in the tower with balled up news paper keep them separated and snug in the tower.
6. Get a box with enough room for 2 or 3 inches of room on each side and top and bottom.
7. After putting balled up news paper on the bottom of the box insert the tower and pack all the space with balled up news paper. This should give some degree on shock resistance and add little weight.
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As Lady Fitzgerald posted Do Not use packing peanuts.
Lady Bear, thanks again for point wise packing suggestion. Can you please clarify what is 1/2/3 back? Also I am thinking of packing StyroFoam between the tower and the box instead of balled news print for better stability.
"1/2/3 back" refers to items 1. CPU cooler, 2. Video card, and 3. RAM being removed from the motherboard, wrapped separately in newspaper, then placed back inside the tower (aka computer case) for shipping. I personally would prefer packaging those items separately to ensure they are properly padded. Putting them back inside the tower could allow them to bounce or otherwise put pressure on other components and cause damage.

The reason for removing the CPU cooler (I had forgotten to mention that one; the directions that came with my cooler specifically warn to remove it before moving the computer) and the video card is to avoid having them bounce around, damaging themselves and the motherboard. I don't see why the RAM should be removed but I'm outnumbered on that one and it can't hurt anyway. Just make sure the sticks go into an antistatic sleeve or is sandwiched in antistatic foam if you don't have the original packaging.
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10 May 2013   #20
Samurai Jack

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi
I have done a move from overseas, the most important thing was to put my C drive in my carry on.
You never know what could go wrong.
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