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Storing iMac for an Extended Period

greenmountain

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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.
 

Schtumple

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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.
 
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Subish

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Dec 2, 2011
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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.
 
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leman

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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.

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.
 
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