How to Keep Your Laptop Safe When Stored for a Long Time?

A laptop consists of tiny components that are arranged like a puzzle. The main components include hard drives, motherboard, RAM, battery pack, processor etc. Since laptops are portable, their components are designed to thin, compact, fragile and are arranged very closely. Hence, care should be taken while using them as well as while storing them.

If you are not going to use your laptop for a while, it is better to understand some important aspects and take necessary precautions while storing them to make sure it is safe. And the same is covered in this article.

Environmental conditions

Extremely hot or cold environments can cause the components of the laptop to expand/contract, thus leading to damage in the actuators and other components of the laptop. Exposure to moisture can cause a short circuit and cause the components to burn inside. Similarly, exposure to direct sunlight can also cause damage to your laptop.

If at all your laptop is exposed to extreme temperatures at some point, make sure you wait for a while until temperatures are returned to normal before you turn ON the laptop. If you have to store your laptop for a long time without using it, make sure you store the laptop in a cool and dry environment with good air circulation.

Avoid exposure to magnetic and electric fields

Make sure you don’t store your laptop near any appliances that generate electric fields. Exposure to electric fields can cause damage and lead to data loss. Same is the case with magnetic fields. Exposure to magnetic fields can also cause damage to internal components and lead to loss of data.

Mechanical issues

Keeping the laptop idle for a very long period of time can cause the internal components like the motor, actuator, bearings etc. to get corroded/damaged. This in addition to the environmental factors can cause more harm to the laptop.

What to do if your hard drive fails?

If your hard drive has failed and data is lost due to storing it for a long period of time, then you can make use of data recovery tools like Remo Recover to your rescue. Its effective scanning algorithms can recover data from failed or damaged hard drives. Refer the link to recover data from dead laptop hard drive. It works with all kinds of hard drives like SATA, SSD, IDE, HDD etc. And all file systems like FAT 16, FAT 32, ExFAT, NTFS etc. are supported by the tool.

It has a disk image feature that helps you recover data even when the hard drive has bad sectors. What the tool does is, it skips the bad sectors and creates a disk image, using which you can recover data.


  • If you intend to store the laptop without using, make sure you store it in a cool and dry place with sufficient air circulation.
  • Make sure you remove any external devices such as USB’s or other storage media and also remove power chords. You can also remove the CMOS coin battery to avoid battery leak.
  • Make sure that your laptop is completely turned OFF. Do not store it in sleeping mode.
  • Do not store the laptop in a suspended or inverted position. Put the laptop in a bag (with silica sachets) and keep it in a safe place.

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