How do I store my laptop?

By Cindyj1957
Apr 6, 2013
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  1. I have a laptop that I want to store long term. I do not need it now but don't want to sell it. Can I store it for a year or 2? If so what steps should I take to do it safely? Thanks
  2. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Just shut down the PC. The laptop may run out of battery power since Lithium Ion batteries tend to drain, but just remember to plug it in when you use it again. Just shut it down, unplug the power chord (if not on battery) and store it.
  3. Cindyj1957

    Cindyj1957 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thank you JC, ok to let it sit a year or more or should I start it up every few months?
  4. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,596   +335

    Just remember, when you start it back up a year or ?? later, you're going to have all those MS updates & other updates to take care of.;)
  5. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    You may wanna turn it on every month or so (you dont need to) to install MS updates, but it may be better than installing 100s of updates.
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  6. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627

    Take out the battery. This is universal advice for storing anything for extended periods these days.

    Turning it on every so often is only necessary to install updates. This is better than a big batch install at once, but not needed.

    If you leave it in storage for say a year, let it sit in your room for a day before turning it on. Who knows if any moisture etc got into the laptop - letting it sit will equalise it to the room atmosphere.
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  7. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    I am not saying you are wrong, but I am curious, why take out the battery? Just so that it doesnt turn on mysteriously :eek:? lol
  8. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TS Evangelist Posts: 787   +58

    Speaking of moisture, might be add a pack of desiccant also.
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  9. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627

    I don't know exactly which parts (CMOS..?), but there are always things minutely draining a battery when it is in a device. Running a Lithium battery completely flat (and then some) wrecks it. Actual manufacturers of devices say to take battery out in the manual, if storing.

    Yeah, good advice, I considered saying this but didn't for some reason. :p
  10. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,596   +335

  11. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,322   +622

    ALL equipment with batteries should have the battery removed for long-term storage. Batteries are chemical energy "factories" and the chemical reactions that produce Voltage & Current ALSO cause the containers to be eaten away, creating leakage and from there the contacts get corroded. Each battery technology has a different storage and usage profile, but even the LiON batteries can create problems long term.

    Personally, I would store the system in a cloth bag (ie, porous and thus it 'breathes') and the battery separately in a plastic bag (to isolate it from everything else and trap any leakage.)
  12. Mugsy

    Mugsy TS Guru Posts: 361   +9

    Just curious, I store my ordinary batteries (AA, A, 9v) in the fridge when not in use, and found storing recharged batteries in the fridge when not in use keeps them from going dead (very bad for rechargables), and now I'm wondering if I could store my laptop battery the same way? (maybe store it in a vacuum-sealed bag to prevent moisture.)
  13. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    Best thing to do for the battery is to drain/charge it to about 40%, put it in a ziplock and put it in your refrigerator.
    In fact, any charge level aside from drained and 100% will greatly decrease degradation from drained/fully charged.
    The ziplock is just to prevent moisture.
    And lithiums have essentially zero self-discharge, JC713, but they may have parasitic drain from what they're connected to.

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