Wardialer From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1193 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2435 times:
I am moving to Europe and I want to take my PC computer with me onboard on the aircraft. Its a tower PC...Not that big but its a mid-range type personal PC.
The major issue is this. I dont want to check-it in a baggage because those guys WILL either drop it, throw it, or handle it roughly....Thats why I wish I want to take it with me on-board inside of the aircraft. Or...is there a huge enough hand-bag thatwill fit inside of the bag to bring it up the aircraft?
I have even have very very sensitive data on that PC and I just have to take it onboard with me. What I'll do is I will call the airline and verify.
I am 100 percent sure that the TSA agents will use an explosive nitrate testing swab kit...for sure...That does not bother me at all. I just wanna get thing onboard.
If....not, what can I do?
I have several options myself. Either call the PC manufacturer to send me an empty box with some good foaming material and fragil stickers everywhere. And then, I can have a freight take it..BTW - I called DHL and Fedex and they said it would be a $1,000 at least to ship it overseas by freight...I dont wanna do that either.
Can I take a PC onboard an aircraft?? And then stow it on the overhead panel? I dont think they will allow that for sure...But I need your guys help and suggestions on this. Please, and thanks in advance!!
PhilSquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2237 times:
Quoting Wardialer (Thread starter): I have several options myself. Either call the PC manufacturer to send me an empty box with some good foaming material and fragil stickers everywhere. And then, I can have a freight take it..BTW - I called DHL and Fedex and they said it would be a $1,000 at least to ship it overseas by freight...I dont wanna do that either
I'd suggest getting another quote, US$1000 seems extremely high. Another option is to remove the hard drive and take it with you. Purchase another computer in Europe and add the second hard drive in.
I assume you realize your CRT monitor, if you have one, won't work in Europe. So it might be cheaper just to get a whole new unit.
Skyexramper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2146 times:
$732.75 FedEx International Economy Freight®
For a computer box 36"x36"x24" valued at $1200 @ 20lbs to be shipped from MKE to Berlin.
Though my best suggestion for making sure your pc arrives there in one working piece if you're truly worried. Ship a new case to your new address and then just take out all your pc parts and put them into a suitcase (provided you have anti-static bags for everything.
Adh214 From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 361 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2131 times:
For $1,000 pull the hard drive and buy a new computer when you get to Europe.
Remember, the computer got to your home somehow. I don't think Fed Ex is any more delicate with parcels than baggage handlers. If you pack it well, it should be fine. Clearly you need to have a back up of your "Very sensitive" data.
If the data is really that sensitive (meaning it would be valuable to someone else) take the hard drive with you in your carry on.
Just note, because the data is valuable to you does not make it valuable to someone else. No one really cares all that much about your iTunes collection or porn.
474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2029 times:
I think you may have problems with customs when you arrive, they may want import duties. Unlike laptops, which are portable, a full sized PC is not meant to be carried with you and they will think you are bringing it in, but will not take it back out.
727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2006 times:
I agree with those suggesting you hand carry the hard drive and buy a new machine when you get there. Heck, with companies like Dell who deliver the units via mail, you might be able to coordinate a new one arriving at the same time so you don't have to go shopping!
But if you insist on keeping the old machine, it really is a better idea to check it. You can contact the manufacturer for original packaging which will protect it very well, or you can invest in a good hard-side shipping case. There are a lot of good manufacturers, notably Pelican. All the cases will come with plenty of foam lining, and many even have wheels to make moving it around a cinch.
Ken777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8691 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1987 times:
Personally I would get on the internet and price computers and computer parts in the country you are going to. It might be significantly cheaper to take the HD, stick in a cheap one and sell your computer before you go - buying a newer one in Europe. The other option is to buy a laptop here, transfer the software and data to it and sell your old tower.
I prefer the notebook option as I use one and hook it up to a 23" display in the office. They have also jumped up in power recently - even the iBook replacement (the MacBook) from Apple comes with a dual core processor and using an app called Parallels allows you to run both OS X and Windows at the same time.