If you're planning on storing your computer in a self-storage unit, there are some things you should know about how to do it properly to ensure its safety and longevity. In fact, if you're new to using self-storage units, check out our beginner's guide to the topic before reading it! Here are some tips for protecting your computer while you store it in your self-storage unit.
First and foremost, you'll want to make sure your computer is stored in a safe. Ideally, you'll want to get a safe that comes with fire and water damage protection because these are common threats when storing computers in self-storage units. If the safe doesn't come with these types of protections, at least ensure it has an electronic lock so that unauthorized individuals won't be able to access it while you're not around.
If you're storing a PC tower, be sure to remove the hard drive. If you leave the hard drive attached, there's a chance it will get damaged if the unit is ever subject to a severe vibrations-the type of vibrations that could occur if someone were to try prying open one of the doors with a crowbar, for example.
You should back up your data periodically while storing your computer in a self-storage unit; the process is a bit different than the normal annual backup you might take in your home. In a self-storage unit, you'll want to back up your operating system to an external hard drive and then store that external hard drive somewhere safe-preferably in a fireproof safe. That way, if your computer is damaged and you need to buy a new one, you can easily retrieve your data from the external hard drive and set up your new computer.
Moisture is a big threat to stored computers, so it's important that you store yours in a climate-controlled unit with good moisture control. You should also avoid storing your computer near any sources of moisture, like showers or humidifiers. The best way to prevent moisture damage is by keeping your unit in a climate-controlled facility- either one that uses dehumidification or a condensation pump.
You can take a few basic steps to ensure your computer's safety and longevity when you store it in a self-storage unit. If you want to learn more about the topic, check out our resources page for great articles and tips.