Is it OK to Put Computers and Electronics in a Storage Unit?

Your electronics are valuable and you depend on them to get work done, socialize, shop, and stay connected with family and friends. 

When you need computer storage during a move, home improvement project, or work transition, doing it right is key to preserving your computer’s functionality.

Similarly, how electronics are stored can impact their performance when it’s time to unbox them in your new (or newly renovated) home or office.

Electronics Storage: Safety and Security First

We don’t realize just how much information is stored on our computers and how valuable that information is until it’s lost or damaged. That’s why it’s so important to:

  • Check for manufacturer-recommended guidelines for storage, transport, or shipping
  • Consider insuring computers and electronic devices to protect your investment.
  • Backup all information to external hard drives or jump drives that you do not store or transport separately. 
  • Keep all passwords in a safe and secure place that only you and people you trust can access. 

Storage Tips for Computers and Electronics

Here are some best practices our storage experts suggest when storing computers and electronics.

  • Check computers, CD players, record players, and VCRs for anything left in the computer or device since the last time it was used.
  • Use the original packaging when possible, as it was designed to prevent damage during transport and long-term storage.
  • Label electronics and computers as fragile, so it’s easy to spot the boxes that need to be handled carefully when shifting items in the storage unit or moving things back out of storage. 
  • Do not leave any accessories attached by wires connected to any devices stored. Store accessories with their connecting devices whenever possible. Keep all manuals and store them with the correct devices.
  • Label accessories and their connections clearly. It may also help to photograph how everything looks when correctly connected and assembled, to make reassembly easier.
  • When packing electronics and computers for storage, use materials that prevent shock and electrical conductivity if you don’t have the original boxes and packaging. Don’t use plastic. Use anti-shock padding, cotton, or linen instead.
  • Be sure your storage space isn’t too hot or too cold. Intense temperatures, humidity, and temperature changes could all damage or warp electronic devices.

Advantages of Self-Storing Electronics

Self-storage is a great solution when storing electronics or computers. You can control how, where, and for how long something is stored, as well as who can access your valuables. 

Self-storage offers additional security options and temperature can be set or adjusted on many units to lower the risk of damage or distortion. 

Markham Self-Storage offers climate-controlled storage units for valuable items sensitive to temperature fluctuations, like laptops or desktop computers. 

Our competitive self-storage rates mean you can find a unit and a storage plan that works for your budget. Our teams have storage tips for a variety of items to help you pack, protect, and prolong the life of the things most important to you.
For self-storage questions, or a storage unit estimate, contact us today. We’ll do whatever we can to help you have peace of mind when storing your computers and electronics.

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