Storing iMac for an Extended Period

Discussion in 'iMac' started by greenmountain, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. greenmountain macrumors newbie

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    Please pardon me for the ignorant nature of this question... but if I unplug my iMac, box it up (carefully) and store it for, say, a year, will I lose the data currently on the hard drive?

    Thanks in advance for any advice the forum can offer.
     
  2. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    Not at all. The only thing you should worry about is making sure it's in a cool, dry space, damp would reck havoc with the electronics over time. You can buy silica gel bags for very cheap, I'd recommend putting a few in there with the Mac just to be on the safe side.
     
  3. Subish macrumors member

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    You should be fine as long as you store in a temp control environment. If you plan on using a storage unit I wouldn't unless it is a controlled environment.
     
  4. leman macrumors 604

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    The data should still be there. Magnetic drives do not deteriorate *much* with time.

    But then, who knows what may happen? The hard drive just might decide to die when you turn it on after a year. If the data is worth anything to you (and I guess it isn't if you are going to leave it be for a year), you should have one or more external backups.
     
  5. BigDukeSix macrumors 6502a

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    I echo everyone's inputs. And, if it was me, I would also do a backup of all my data on one or maybe two external harddrives.
     

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