If you are moving and have a home-based business, it is important that you keep your computer equipment protected. For this reason, you could put it in storage to keep it out of the way until you are ready to move them and set them up. Below are some tips on how you can prepare your computers and store them safely so they are not damaged.

Prepare Computers

Before you put any computers in storage, back up the data in different ways, and then store these backups in a different location. For example, you could store your data on an external hard drive, on DVDs, and use cloud storage.

Put the equipment in its original boxes if you have them, and tape up the boxes with packing tape. It is very helpful to include all power cords, Ethernet cords, etc. that go to the computer in each box. Cover the equipment with a light cotton sheet or blanket to protect it. Never use plastic, as this traps in moisture as well as causes mold and mildew to grow.

If you are storing any type of monitor, wrap it in bubble wrap before placing it in the box to protect the screen.

Use a Self Storage Unit

A self storage unit is a great option for keeping your computers out of the way. You do have to keep the storage unit at the right temperature because high heat or freezing temperatures could damage your equipment. Most storage companies have a temperature control inside the unit so you can set it to what you want.

The ideal temperature for computer equipment is 60 to 75 degrees. If you are storing laptops, make sure the fans are clean to prevent them from getting too hot. You can spray a dust removal on the fan while the laptop is turned off, but do this very lightly at an angle.

Hot temperatures are much worse on computer equipment than colder temperatures. If you end up storing your computer equipment at a temperature below 60 degrees, make sure you let it warm up inside your building for a few hours before you turn it on. Going from cold to warm very quickly could damage the parts.

Preventing moisture is also important as you do not want condensation building up inside the computer equipment. The storage unit should have humidity control to prevent this from happening. This is especially important if you live in a humid climate. The storage facility may have humidifiers available to put inside the unit.

If you have more questions about storing computer equipment, talk with a computer contractor who can give you many tips.