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    How do I pack my imac for a move?
    I have a late 2009 21 in imac. I saved the box as well as the inserts, but I'm not sure if the inserts are fully intact. I don't have any of that protective plastic stuff that went over the monitor. I would like to pack it back in the box, but I don't want to scratch the glass on the screen. Any suggestions?

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    Personally I wouldn't worry about it too much...since I don't think that you'll have a problem (since you have the original box & inserts...and I don't think that the inserts will mar the display.

    But just in case...(and you want to cover the iMac display with something before using the foam inserts)...try and find some cloth that's about the thickness of a men's underwear T-shirt, and cover the display.

    In fact...since you have the smaller 21" iMac (and not the much larger 27")...you could probably just buy a pack of a larger size mens underwear T-shirt...and just slip it over your iMac without even modifying it (or maybe just cutting off the sleeves). Since this material is pretty thin...you could then slip the original foam inserts over the cloth T-Shirt...and then put the iMac into it's box.

    Hope this helps,

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    How far of a move is it? I'm thinking about having someone in the back seat of a car holding it in their lap...if you are too worried. Or stuff it back in the box with lots of newspaper.
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    Being an old government (now retired) employee, we have moved more times than I care to remember. We always hand carried the more delicate electronic items such as computers, stereo receivers, etc.

    If possible, put the iMac in its original packing and hand carry it to your new location or as was suggested, put in the back seat of your car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    or as was suggested, put in the back seat of your car.
    And tie it down. Nothing worse then having to suddenly stop or take a sharp corner and have the mac fly all over the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the8thark View Post
    And tie it down. Nothing worse then having to suddenly stop or take a sharp corner and have the mac fly all over the car.
    I've had this happen. Luckily I was just transporting a 10-15 year old Mac that I probably paid $10-$20 bucks for...and no damage was done (but could have). I DEFINITELY wouldn't want it to happen to a much newer & more valuable Mac!

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