One of the most stressful parts of a move is figuring out how to safely ship your computer to your new home – especially if you’re moving overseas! Whether you have a desktop PC or a laptop, you’ll want to make sure it arrives without damage – computer hardware is expensive.
The most important thing you can do is prepare your computer and pack it properly. Our expert packers can take care of the job for you, but it’s something you can do yourself with a little care and the right materials.
Ready to pack your personal computer for a move? Here are some tips, with links to how-to videos and step-by-step instructions.
First steps: back up and disassemble
Before you do anything else, back up the contents of your computer’s hard drive so that you don’t lose all of your files if something happens to your computer. This applies to desktop computers as well as laptops. You can back up to the cloud or purchase an external drive and use backup software. Make sure to start early, because the process can take a while. Remember to take the external back-up drive with you – not a good idea to pack it with the computer.
If you have a desktop computer, you’ll need to disassemble it before packing. First, turn the computer off. Take a picture of where all the cords go so that you have a reference when you reassemble it after the move. Unplug the cords, label them, and prevent them from becoming one tangled mass by tying them up with rubber bands or placing them in separate plastic bags.
For added safety, one option is to remove your hard drive and pack it separately, or take it with you (assuming the hard drive is removable). When the drive is left in the tower, the information stored on it is more vulnerable to loss or corruption. Also consider removing the graphics card and CPU cooling fans, which are both heavy and may stress or damage the motherboard.
Packing up your computer
First, make sure that your computer has cooled down completely before you wrap it up and put it into a box. If possible, use the box and packing material that your computer originally came in, as long they are still in good condition. If not, or if you don’t have the original packaging materials anymore, you can do it yourself.
You’ll need packing paper, bubble wrap, tape and a sturdy box or boxes, for starters. There’s an art to packing a computer for safe traveling, which is why we recommend watching a how-to-pack-your-computer video online. You can check out this in-depth guide that has great tips for every stage of the process.
If you have a laptop, you’ll probably just want to keep it with you during the move. If you do need to ship it, we recommend watching this video for some good packing tips. With a little know-how, you can beat the stress of shipping a computer overseas.
Let Royal Hawaiian Movers do it for you
Royal Hawaiian Movers makes the whole process a lot easier by packing up your computer for you. We use professional materials and best practices to get it done right, which gives you one less thing to worry about.
What about insurance?
Royal Hawaiian Movers’ standard liability is 60 cents per pound, per article. You can choose to buy additional liability insurance to cover the entire value of your computer, as long as that value is verifiable. To qualify for additional liability for shipping your computer, it must be packed by Royal Hawaiian Movers. Subscribe to our newsletter to learn more about our packing services or to get a quote.