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Storing PCs in a cold warehouse

By Finster77 ·
I would like some feedback as to whether I should store PCs in a cold warehouse during the wwinter in NYS. Thoughts/Comments?

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by JamesRL In reply to Storing PCs in a cold war ...

The risk of condensation increases with rapid changes from a cold dry environment to a warm humid one. As long as you control the moisture and don't rapidly raise the heat you should be ok.

If you are still concerned, I would look into wrapping the PCs in plastic and popping in a desicant bags - those little bags full of silica you see packaged with cameras and electronic equipment.


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Box em

by TheChas In reply to Storing PCs in a cold war ...

Storage in an unheated warehouse is not a concern as long as you prepare the PCs properly.

Consider the fact that many PCs are shipped in unheated semi-trailers throughout the frozen north all Winter long.

You should box up the PCs in double wall corrugated cartons. Adding foam packing material will be of benefit.

Condensation is not a major issue unless the box is opened before the PC has a chance to warm up to room temperature.

If you just stack the PCs on a pallet, or the floor, then there are a number of issues including vermin and insects.


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Condensation & pests

by Skidoggeruk In reply to Box em

I have always unboxed and allowed stuff overnight in room temperature to de-condensate. If you know what I mean.

I have experienced mice gnawing through cardboard and making homes out of the lovely foam inside. Was a mess.

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They are not violins

by rsears In reply to Box em

Unless the building is subject to RAPID changes in temperature and humidity, don?t waste your time doing anything but keeping them off of the floor a few inches and covering them with something to keep the dust off, they are not violins.

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by coldbrew In reply to Box em

You may also want to keep in mind that some of the cards may need to be reseated as metal expands and contracts with temperature change. This may or may not be a large problem. I live in the south where 32 degrees is "cold".

You should always let the PC warm up to room temperature. That is sound advise.

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Type of warehouse

by mani1959 In reply to Storing PCs in a cold war ...

If the warehouse is a cold-storage or a food/meat processing industry what happens?

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by bchoate In reply to Storing PCs in a cold war ...

Problem number one is bearing damage when you turn them back on. The bearings should be allowed to rise to something near operating temperature before applying power. This will also get rid of the moisture inside the case. Bearing wear is at its maximum until the lubericant and bearing reach operating temperature. Without adaquate warmup you will have a rash of premature bearing failures on the drives.

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Keep 'em dry

by mitchlr In reply to Bearings

Keep them dry by using plenty of silica gel or other dessicant.
Also should you bring them indoors, I would recommend opening the cases and leaving them open indoors for 24 hours to allow any new condensation to dry out, and you should be fine.
-- dex

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Read the manual

by Dr.Dan In reply to Storing PCs in a cold war ...

The manual for my desktop says it will tolerate storage temperatures down to -40. Look in the back of the manual under the technical specifications.

I would second the advice above: no quick temperature changes, and let the machines sit a day or two after they've reached their new temperatures to get rid of any condensation.

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PC Storage

by kdg138 In reply to Storing PCs in a cold war ...

Keep in mind that placing cardboard on concrete or other porous surfaces can cause problems such as wicking moisture. Keep boxed items from direct contact by placing on dunnage (pallets or some other structure) and placing a moisture barrier (plastic sheet) between.
Be sure to keep humididty down as much as possible. Dessicant doesn't hurt, but can be expensive. Simple Air Conditioning or Dehumidifyers work best at removing moisture.

Before storage, be sure systems have been off for some time to allow drives to reach ambient temp. This will help avoid build up of condensation inside systems.
Shouldn't have to worry too much about vermin, since they don't care for cool temps and food sources are removed.

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