Transporting a desktop

Hello I am moving to Taiwan and thinking about transporting my desktop. I will be flying delta then eva air…If I put my desktop in a box with sterafoam and stuff I think they will still throw it around in airline? they throw suitcases around…if I put fragile-glass will they be more gently? what’s a good way to transport a desktop any idea…
btw I think desktop and laptop are much cheaper in taiwan…for an average one how much is it?

Why don’t you just bring the hard drive and stick it in a 2nd-hand computer here? Then you can take the hard drive out and sell the driveless computer when you leave.

like juba says, just bring the bits that are expensive /hard to replace. I’m told that writing “fragile” on boxes just makes it more likely the baggage handlers will drop it to see what sound it makes. I once worked for Finnegan’s Famous Cakes (you’ll all know the name) mixing,baking, iceing and decorating sponge as the muse took me with chocolate flakes and crushed dime bars. Then on my last week in the job i did a stint in packing where i learnt to give each box a good shake before throwing it into the back of the lorry.

I just made me a computer, with help from my company’s techie, for NT$12,000. A new white box system will cost from NT$20,000.Just bring the irreplaceables.

have you thought about just carrying the pc onto the plane.

A friend of mine did that without too much problem before.


If it were me, I’d be carrying it. Either way, let us know what you did, because it’s a pretty good question.

I came over in 1993 with a six-foot-tall box containing a computer box, laser printer and 15" monitor all packed in styrofoam peanuts. Must have been beginner’s luck, since everything arrived just fine. I think I was on Northwest in those days.

Then they’ll ask you what’s in it and ask you to sign a waiver for the box… EVA probably won’t let you carry on-board these days because of a 1 carry-on size and weight limit. Ideally, you should pack it in the original box because that’s how it got shipped to you in the first place.

I echo the suggestion that you bring just your hard disk (or just the data). If you decide to ship, I would still recommend taking out your hard disk and putting it in your carry-on. Computers these days are starting at 12,000 NT for a PIII Celeron 1.2Ghz or so. Plenty of speed for most users.

I transported my desktop the other way (from Taiwan to US) by taking it apart and packing all the parts separately…I don’t recommend that unless you (or a friend) can reassemble it.

I will try just taking important parts with me then…since the desktop weigh like 40 lbs

I remember once I took my laptop with me and put inside my luggage, which I sent thru the cargo, once it arrived to its destination it’s wet, so I was afraid that it wouldn’t power on, but I was lucky because it’s still alive :smiley:

What I learnt from this lesson is that you should never put your notebook by cargo, always try to carry it on, of course different story for desktops :sunglasses:


Bringing a whole desktop is not worth it when hardware is so cheap here. If you don’t want to go through a full install etc. then just bring your HDD and install it in a new machine sans HDD, or better yet have the vendor ghost your current HDD into a new one, which will likely run faster than the one you have now.

Remember though that NT platform OS’s (NT, 2000) really hate major hardware changes. Putting your NT HDD into a box with a different motherboard and I/O controller doesn’t work. 95/98 would be ok, just let pnp do it’s thing. Don’t know how XP handles this kind of transplant, but my guess is that it wouldn’t like it.

XP does not like hardware changes either.

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I’d recommend just buying a new computer here rather than cart yours from home here… The idea of pulling out the harddrive is a good one, I almost did that, but I was then told by someone that I cannot if I have Netscape installed. Why? Well they said something about the fact that these programs are encoded for regions and by international law you cannot. I am still a bit confused about this because if it is true then how the hell do people get away with carrying notebooks around…

Anyway, just pull out the harddrive and bring it, pack in your carry on, but make sure you wrap it good. Hopefully you won’t have any problems going though the screeners. They may ask you to take it out because it’s dense and could be a bomb. When you get here buy a new desktop…

oh yeah! it could be a big mess if you put your hard drive into another machine, I’d better suggest you backup all your important data to CD-R via your CD-RW and bring with you the program CD you need (MS Office, etc.) the rest I guess you could just download it from the Net, so you won’t have the bomb suspect, neither the OS mess problem…

Another issue is that here’s not easy to find OS in English version, but it could be solved

No issue with the harddisk if it’s a secondary one, i.e. without OS (or disabled OS). When you buy a new PC here it can become a secondary one.
At least an easy way to carry your data if you have no CD-R/MO-Drive.

even easier… just set up your pc in the states as an FTP server.

(only snag is here that you need someone there to start your pc and log in… )

when you get here, sign up for ADSL, buy an new pc here, and download the data across the net.

I’m told this is perfectly feasible, since I am considering something similar for my self.

CD Rom sounds the safest bet allround, because you can make multiple copies, data and OS.


I think the CD idea may be better, though depending on how much data you have, you could be bringing in a stack of CD’s they may confiscate from you thinking they are copied porn, music or movies… But you probably don’t have a lot files you need to bring… right?

Just bring everything inside the case except the power supply. You find it takes apart quite easily. Leave the case, power supply and the monitor at home. Decide for yourself if you want to bring your keyboard.

All the rest is quite small. When you get here, get a new case and monitor (both cheaper in Taiwan.)

By the way, I would hand carry my hard drive, not check it in. Might break as they throw around your bags in transit.

thsoe are some good advice, thanks people. however I got a lot of copied games, movies, and music. When I am in the airport are they gonna take all those? I got like 3 spindles of those…Maybe I should ship those cds via usps since they don’t really open the box? any suggestions

Further to the posts above.

If you are bringing a data (second/slave) drive and the file system is NTFS, be sure to decrypt any files you have encrypted. Whilst your new machine can get around any permissions you have set (the admin of the new machine takes ownership of whatever drive is installed into it) it cannot decrypt files encrypted by W2K on another machine.

Your W2K system drive will almost certainly not boot in another machine. It will do fine however as a slave.

For my move to Taiwan, I have copies my data files onto CD-Roms. I toyed with the idea of leaving them on a my second data (secondary/slave) drive and bringing the whole disk and installing it in a new machine as a slave drive, but what with the cost per gigabyte of hard drives dropping every year, I might as well buy a new bigger second drive and use that. Also if your old drive is 33 or 66 Mhz UDMA transfer frequency thingummy, and you buy a new drive which has a higher frequency whatsisname, you will lose the advantage of the higher rated new drive. The clock/bus/taxi/marmalade speed of the IDE controller for the two drives will default to the speed of the slowest drive connected to that IDE controller. Oh what am I talking about. Somebody knowledgeable help !!!