Is it safe to check a desktop as airling baggage?

I want to take a desktop computer to another city as checked baggage on an airplane. Since they now x-ray baggage for explosives, what will this do to the computer?
furby3Asked:
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CallandorConnect With a Mentor Commented:
X-rays will not harm your computer.  Rough handling and bumping will probably cause your hard disk to fail, though.  Desktop hard drives are not "ruggedized" to withstand bumping that laptop drives can handle.
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akbossCommented:
not a good idea. Your desktop is not ment to handle the bumps and drops it will recieve on this plane ride.

If you take the time to make sure once you have arrived to open the case and reseat EVERYTHING. Double check ALL connection and then say a prayer and start it up.

If it isnt too big could you take it on as carry-on luggage instead of checked?

the x-raying  wont hurt it. The drops by the ramp guys will.
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CallandorCommented:
You can take the drive out, put it in an antistatic bag, wrap it with bubble wrap, and put it in carry-on luggage, such as a briefcase.
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
Mmm callandor is correct - but theres no way - Id let the baggage handlers get their hands on any of my laptops! Take it on as hand luggage!
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CallandorCommented:
The proper picture is that of gorillas tossing your stuff around like toys, because that's what they do ;-)
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
ROFL - yes! thats why they are only shapes behind a dirty perspex screen :)
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furby3Author Commented:
All of your points about rough handeling by the baggage dudes is well taken. I have all the original packing so it should be snug in it's styrafoam cocoon. I have sent them priority mail this way before and they came through OK, so maybe I should mail it...
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