The CPU is one of the main components of any computer without which it is impossible for the machine to function. This electronic device, like any other, requires proper handling and caution, especially if you are planning to store it. Here are some effective ideas on how to store a CPU without causing it any damage.
How to store a CPU?
As far as CPU storage is concerned, the two important factors that affect its efficiency and longevity include humidity and temperature. Maintaining both these factors will ensure that the CPU remains safe and functional even when stored away.
Effective ways of storing a CPU
Before storing the CPU, keep these points in mind:
The CPU functions to its fullest potential at any temperature that is below 4 degrees Celsius or 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Maintaining this temperature will keep the CPU functional.
The humidity level should remain below 50 percent. You can also store the CPU in a place that encourages fresh ventilation. Keeping the CPU dry will block the growth of mold inside or outside the processing unit, which otherwise could cause corrosion or other such damage.
Disconnect from power sources
Remember to disconnect the CPU from all power sources before you store it away. Doing this will remove the chances of storage of voltage inside the device that can eventually cause damage to the components, leaving you with no choice but to have the CPU replaced.
The CPU should be wrapped either in bubble wrap or some similar material before storing it in a case. Also, have the CPU wrapped in layers with fabrics placed between those layers for extra protection.
Be it for short-term or long-term storage, here are some tips you must not miss:
Finding an appropriately-sized box for CPU
Apart from wrapping the CPU in bubble wrap in layers with towels or old clothes tucked between these layers for cushioning the CPU while it is being transported, you will also have to look for a right-sized box that has to be wrapped with bubble wrap.
The box should at least be two-thirds of the total depth of the CPU, meaning for a 6-inch CPU the box for storage must be 9-inch long at least.
This is because there needs to be sufficient room inside the box to maintain the flow of air around the CPU, and also to eliminate the chances of the CPU being damaged due to bumps or knocks while in transportation.
Another important aspect to maintain is ensuring that the inside of the box is free from sharp edges as it could lead to sensitive surfaces of the processor being scratched during transit.
Removing packing materials and accessories before storage
The CPU should be free from any foam padding, fabric cover, or plastic bag before it is stored. If the packing materials are not removed before storing the CPU, then it can lead to a build-up of moisture, and eventually mold, damaging the components inside the stored unit.
After the accessories are removed from the CPU, store these items, especially electronic items, and SD cards among others, in an anti-static pouch or bag. This has to be done so that any item sensitive towards electric charge doesn’t store voltage within itself, as it can cause damage to the item.
For storing CPU on a long-term basis, you are recommended to tuck it away in standby or sleep mode.
No heat source or direct sunlight should fall on the stored CPU
You should ensure that no heat source (ovens or radiators), or direct sunlight comes in contact with the stored CPU. This must be followed even when you are planning to store the CPU for a longer time period.
Guidelines for CPU transportation
While transporting the CPU, ensure that the top portion of the CPU remains free of any item. Nothing should be placed on the unit’s top part when it is being transported because it can lead to damage in the form of scratches to the surface that compromises the CPU performance, or cause it to overheat.
The stored device should also not be kept next to children or pets who have a tendency to kick, bite, throw or hit the unit. Any of these actions can possibly damage the CPU.
For Permanent Storage
If you are planning to permanently store the CPU in a box, purchase a permanent storage box and place the CPU in it. Next, seal the unit using plastic wrap or any other similar material. Finally, store the processor in a dry and safe place.
With these ideas to help, you now know how to store a CPU without compromising its functionality or longevity. Keeping this electronic equipment safe will definitely help in monetary savings in years to come.