You may find yourself needing to store away some stuff, whether that be a move to another city, a temporary downgrade of space at home, or maybe it’s part of your job. And while some things are easily packed up into a box or tote and placed inside a storage unit, other things take a bit more work. For instance, how do you store a computer?
Like most electronics, storing a computer inside a storage unit takes the right preparations ahead of time as well as the correct use of the right storage features. For easy storage of your computer, here are 3 easy steps:
1. Prepare your computer for storage
The very first thing you’ll want to do to prepare your computer for self storage actually involves what’s on the computer itself. It’s recommended you backup all data on such devices and services such as cloud storage and external hard drives, preferably both if you can afford it. After that, wipe down all access dust that may have formed on the outer casing and monitor, giving particular attention around any vents as well.
Before you begin detaching any cables, snag a photo if you’ll need assistance remembering which plugins go wear. From there, detach any wires and accessories you may have—speakers, keyboard, mouse, etc.—and bundle the wires together, labeling each wire for easy reattachment later on.
It’s preferable to store all electronics accessories and the computer itself in its original packaging, however, if that is not available, place all the wires inside a labeled plastic bag, and set that alongside your monitor and other small components inside an airtight plastic tote to keep any dust out. If you do not have the original box for your tower or monitor, you can wrap them in anti-static foam or cardboard to help prevent stractices or dust buildup. However, do not wrap these items in plastic.
If possible, you can also place these larger items inside a tote as well.
As an important final note, keep a list of all components that are going into storage to avoid losing anything.
2. Find the right storage features for a computer
There are two important storage features that will best ensure the safety of your computer: climate control and security.
If you live in an area with seasonal fluctuations that involve extreme heat and cold as well as humidity, climate control is a must for electronic storage. This feature will maintain a constant temperature and humidity level within your storage unit, which will prevent plastic components from warping in the heat or becoming brittle in the cold. Likewise, too much moisture in the air can cause electronics to short out when later used.
And as computers are a costly investment, protect your storage unit with strong security features such as electronic gate access, which requires a keycode to enter, as well as video surveillance and even onsite security.
3. Place your computer into a storage unit
As your computer is a fragile thing, do not stack it at the bottom of a large pile of boxes as well as two high up. If possible, place it on a shelf inside your unit or no higher than shoulder height on top of other sturdy boxes. If your tower or monitor are exposed, place 100% cotton sheet over them, this will help prevent dust build up as well as limit any chance of moisture forming.
Another helpful tip would be to store your computer out of sight from the unit door as an added layer of protection.
As our society becomes more and more digital, a computer is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Sometimes, even these items must be placed into storage. Thankfully, with the right preparation, features, and practices, you can keep your computer in a storage unit and have it ready for use when you need it again.