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Shipping hard drives and Tv

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by kevinturcotte, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. kevinturcotte

    kevinturcotte Active Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    I'm going to be shipping my computer, NAS, DVR, PS3, and Tv from Maine to Cali. Wondering what the best way to do this is? Should I open everything up and completely disconnect the hard drives? Or is them not having power good enough?
    Also, what's the best way to ship a 47" LCD Tv?
  2. dennisj00

    dennisj00 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2007
    Lake Norman, NC
    There's no need to disconnect the hard drives. Think about it, every Dell box has the hard drive connected. Just double box or cushion as much as you can.

    The TV is more problematic. Check with a big box store and see if you could get a comparable box to pack it, again with lots of protection.

    Or a mailboxes might package it. Not sure if they will insure it or not.

    Edit: Or put it all in the back seat and take a 5 day road trip with some key stops!
  3. PokerJoker

    PokerJoker Godfather

    Apr 12, 2008
    Las Vegas
    First protection? Spend a few hours and make backup copies of everything you can, then hand carry those backups to the destination. Most likely this will involve one or more external hard drives. The thin portable ones don't take up much space.

    Hard drives park themselves when power is removed. No need to unhook them.

    Best method of packing is to use the original box for the item - you know, the one you threw away the day after you unpacked the equipment. Lacking that, do the best you can to emulate it. Bag each item in a plastic bag. One item per box is best; do not put multiple fragile items in one box together. Each item should be immobilized within its box; do not just dump a loose item into a box of styro peanuts. For best results you can double pack one or more of these individual boxes inside another bigger box with padding/foam in between. To save on overall shipping volume, clothing can work as space-filler and padding here. The heavier the item, the more padding it needs, and again the key word is "immobilize". Nothing in the box should move when you shake the box.

    Do not mark the box "Fragile". That just makes it a target.

    Oh, and never use duct tape to seal the box. Use only the clear or brown 2 inch plastic shipping tape, the more, the better.

    UPS specifies that a properly packed box should be able to withstand a 6 foot drop onto pavement. Think about that and pack accordingly.

    Good luck with your move!

  4. wingrider01

    wingrider01 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 9, 2005
    You can obtain special packaging for the TV's from either FedEx and UPS at a nominal cost for the TV, depending on the size of the tv chances are it will have to go freight. We shipped fifteen flat panels that ranged from 46 to 55 inch from the facilities in Houstin and San Anotonia when we shut them down to Fargo ND, every one of them arrived intact and usable.

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