[clug] [slightly OT] PC transport
david.tulloh at infaze.com.au
Mon May 17 03:08:52 GMT 2004
Andrew Over wrote:
> 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),
In addition to the above I would recomend packing the inside of your
case with socks or something similar (maybe socks in anti-static bags?).
I would assume that it will be dropped about three times, and
internal padding should help with the impact of the shock.
Personally I used to strip my computer out of the case and pack it into
my suitcase, I had another case waiting for me at the other end. I
would carry the harddrives in handlugage as well as backup cds and never
had a problem. But they were international flights, I'm not sure you
want to go to that effort for a quick hop to Melbourne.
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