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How to Move Your PC

You can move a desktop PC whenever you want. If you’ve been challenged to a LAN game at someone’s apartment or you’re moving to a new home, you can certainly take your computer. Your PC enjoys chaperoned trips (rather like a dog, without the tongue out the window).

Follow these guidelines when moving your PC:

  • Never move your PC until it’s completely powered down. In this case, move means any movement whatsoever (even nudging your PC’s case a few inches across your desktop).

    Many PCs have only a handful of moving parts, such as fans, CD/DVD recorders, and hard drives — but, brother, any movement while the latter two are still spinning carries the possibility that you can shorten the drive’s operational life. Always give your PC at least ten seconds after it shuts down before you pick it up.

  • Never set your PC upright in a seat or on the floor of your car. Your beloved digital friend doesn’t have a car seat in case you come to a sudden stop. You can use seatbelts to secure your PC in a vehicle, but you can more easily lay your PC’s case flat on the floor of your. The same also goes for your monitor, which is dangerous (for itself and your head) when airborne for short distances.

  • Use your towel. If your PC has to ride on top of a surface that might scratch your case, wrap your PC in a towel or blanket to protect its finish. (Fans of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series know the value of a good towel.)

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