What’s the best way to transport an adapter card?

You are moving a video card between computers located on different floors of a building. What’s the best way to protect the video adapter during transportation between the systems?.

A) Wrap the adapter card in bubble-wrap

B) No special protection is required for moving the adapter such a small distance

C) Place the adapter inside a box or folder so that the contacts cannot be accidentally touched

D) Place the adapter in an anti-static bag

E) Hide the adapter card inside of a cake and sneak it through security

The answer: D) Place the adapter in an anti-static bag

The anti-static bag is the best way to be sure that no electrostatic discharge could create a problem when moving the adapter between systems. When a component is not inside of a computer, it should always be stored inside of an anti-static bag. Placing the adapter inside of bubble wrap might protect it when shipping, but even then you will want to first place the adapter inside of an anti-static bag.

Want to know more? Watch “Preventing Electrostatic Discharge.”

Static electricity can cause serious damage electronic components. Fortunately, there are some products and techniques that can help prevent electrostatic discharge. In this CompTIA A+ training module, we’ll learn about electrostatic discharge and discuss some products that can be used in your work environment to help prevent the buildup and discharge of static electricity. We’ll also compare ESD to electromagnetic interference (EMI) and show how troubleshoot and eliminate sources of EMI.