When shipping a Hard Drive (external) Do I need an anti static bag to ship it in? ??b

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by SamIchi, May 10, 2008.

  1. SamIchi macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2004
    It's an aluminum enclosure inside a box, do I have to worry about static charge? I wasn't getting any help in the help forum so I thought I'd ask here.

    If the antistatic bag is recommended, where can a get a few for cheap? I just called all my electronic/computer places, but no avail. online places are selling like bags of 50.
  2. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030


    Apr 19, 2008
    Pandora, Home Tree
    I would, place it in a bubble wrap bag for static , dust and other protection needs. Protection, especially when shipping, can not be underestimated.
  3. bc008 macrumors 68000


    Aug 6, 2007
    try asking the USPS for bags, im sure they deal with this sort of thing all the time
  4. Thomi23 macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2008
    I found anti static bags on eBay. Five for 75 cents, and $2.95 shipping. Seller from NJ, can't remember his name . . .

    It is a pain that for the most part, you have to go for 20, 25, or more bags when you only need a few . . . or one.

    Do a search for what you're looking for and the seller should come up.
  5. Berlepsch macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2007
    If you send the HD installed inside the alu casing, the casing itself will work like the anti-static coating of the bag (Faraday cage).

    More important for the transport is a good shock absorption. An unprotected HD can already take damage when it drops a few inches on a hard surface. Use bubble wrap and/or styrofoam for packaging and make sure that there is a gap between the HD and all sides of the parcel.

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