We all have them. We all need them. In fact, if you're reading this right now, you're going to have to eventually pack it up. Computers. Fragile, at times testy, equipment that need special consideration when moving.
I learned this the hard way. So, no matter how cumbersome or long the task list to prepare your computer for a move, do it! You'll be glad in the end that you did.
And make sure you check out our video on how to properly pack a computer; this is a great visual aid to the details included here.
If you have the ability to burn a DVD, then this is your best option. DVDs typically hold 4.7GB, depending on the burn speed. That's enough space to store most, if not all, of your files.
If burning DVDs isn't an option, then purchase a flash drive, also known as a jump drive, or portable drive. They range in storage sizes. I'd recommend getting a 256MB, which should store most of your computer files. If you have a lot of graphic intensive files, then you may want to pick up a second flash drive or up the storage space.
Since both DVDs and flash drives are small (flash drives are the size of four sticks of gum stack together), make sure you take them with you and put them in a safe place. Purchase a small lock box and store the DVD or flash drive, any instruction manuals and software disks.
If you're like me and you don't keep boxes, call a specialty box company to see if they have computer boxes or electronic boxes. The key is to protect your computer's box, containing the hard drive, from damage. Your monitor is also fragile, so see if you can purchase a monitor box as well. Call the box company and tell them the dimensions and they should be able to accommodate you. Also ask if they sell Styrofoam inserts. This will be critical in ensuring the safe arrival of your computer parts.
Once everything is labeled, starting unplugging the cords from the box and the monitor. Wind them up, tie them and place them in a storage container or plastic bag and keep them with the computer.