In a couple of weeks, I'll be moving internationally. For two months, I'll be without my computer from where I view and listen to all my digital content. During those two months it will be in climate controlled storage. I'll have a new laptop with me (still unpurchased) and my goal is to have the media on the hdds with me to use on the laptop.
My questions are...
1. A professional moving company is moving and packing all our belongings. Is it dangerous to leave the hdds in the tower? I just built this computer from scratch last summer and don't want them to be physically damaged in the move. The PC will be in a box, properly packed, on a boat, and eventually in climate controlled storage until December. I've never moved for this long with a computer so I have no clue what people do which is why I'm asking.
2. Should I...
- take the 3.5" harddrive in my laptop bag?
- take the 3.5" harddrive but leave it wrapped up in my checked luggage?
- forget the 3.5" drive altogether, pack it with the movers and remove the essential media to an SSD to carry with my laptop?
I have moved internationally and around the US many times. Packing up your PCs is usually not an issue. For key files and documents, I recommend a backup and that you carry the backup with you. Can be just your basic removable HDD. Don't check it in luggage, but put it in your carry-on baggage.
How much stuff (in terms of storage) do you need to backup?
One last thing, if you have inkjet printers in your stuff. Get rid of the old cartridges. Buy new ones and leave in their wrappers and have them put into the box the printer ships in. That way you don't run the risk of a damaged printer when it arrives (learned this one the hard way).
The C: drive (obviously the most important one) is 1 TB of which maybe 20% is in use.
The Media drive add-on has about 900GB full of music, video, etc. It's all essential. BUT, I can burn blu-rays as backup, I can get an SSD which will allow me to keep using my media on my laptop, and I don't mind making room for one hdd in my laptop bag.
I'm just worried that if I take only the media drive, I get to my computer in 2 months and the C drive is shot.
Sure. I carry external drives all of the time (both 2.5 and 3.5 based) and I travel all over the world A LOT. Never had an issue.
The reason I asked about where you are going is because some places are worse than others for pilfering through luggage. Going to France should be okay. Other places (no need to go into that now) and I would advise you otherwise.
BTW, if you packed in your checked luggage then protect the drives as best you can. You have seen how rough baggage handlers can be. Right?
My new laptop will be traveling with me (1TB hdd)
So... I'll copy the 230GB of my computer's C: drive to my new laptop's C: drive (in its own folder). And then I'll buy a 1TB 2.5 to have all my media with me for the 2 months. Then I'll just properly pack the 2 hdds from my PC and pack them in the box with the computer and leave them in storage.
i think you are underestimating the durability of modern hdds. i have roughly 5 laptop hdds i use for back ups of my laptop and desktop and i literally just throw them in a drawer when im done. when i go on vacation i throw one of them with videos in my bag and go. i have yet to have ONE go bad in five years.