I'm emigrating shortly, and I'm planning on sea-shipping my desktop PC.
I'm wondering what steps I should take to prepare the hardware to give it the best chance of being in good working condition when I get it at the other end.
I'm planning on doing the following:
- Making multiple backups of the hard-drive, one of which I'll hand-carry when we travel.
- Removing the heavy CPU heatsink and packing that separately. This is the only component that I could see potentially detaching in transit and causing damage.
- Leaving most of the other components in place in the case.
- Packing the case in the packing it originally came in.
But I have these questions:
- I could potentially remove all of the components, do you think this is worthwhile?
- Will the shipped hard drive likely be OK? Is there a way of telling the (3.5" desktop) hard drive to prepare itself for travel? (eg to lock the read-heads away from the platters)