[clug] [slightly OT] PC transport
andrew.over at cs.anu.edu.au
Mon May 17 02:39:59 GMT 2004
On Mon, May 17, 2004 at 07:51:20AM +0100, Simon Burton wrote:
> It looks like I will try to take my desktop machine (it's a beast), not including the monitor.
> Does anyone have hints on the best way to do this?
> Should I get special luggage or use the box? I will be flying there and back.
> Any help on securing my baby much appreciated.
I've had the "fun" experience of moving a PC between the US and
Australia as checked baggage. A few observations:
- Back things up before you go.
- Remove the hard drives. No really. Yes I know they're nicely secured
to the case, but remove them and take them carry on (then endure the
fun security questions about whether they're hard drives or plastic
- I tried my case's original box (complete with all sorts of foam
padding. It seemed to keep the case undamaged.
- Fragile stickers are hit or miss. Some baggage handlers seem to
interpret them as "please kick me" stickers.
- If you have a case with detachable/removable drive trays, remove them
or superglue them. Basically if it can come loose, it will come loose,
most likely in association with a rapid deceleration.
- Consider also removing your heat sink. Yes I sound like a loon. But
my heat sink came loose bounced around my case and ate my 3 month old
(and rather expensive at the time) GeForce 4.
I guess to summarise, be *really* careful about this, particularly with
anything that could come loose internally. With the exception of the
graphics card, my machine survived 3 flights (though I have no idea which
airline did the damage). Remove hard drives. Don't even chance it.
Good luck (and I hope "fragile" stickers work for you),
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