You’ve been asked to remove a hard drive from one computer and install the drive into a computer in another building. Which of these would be the best way to transport the hard drive from one building to another?

A) Use bubble wrap to protect the drive during transport

B) Pack the hard drive into a box full of foam “peanuts”

C) Place the hard drive into a cushioned anti-static bag

D) Hard drives park their heads when powered off, so you can simply use a manila folder for transport

E) If they have one of those pneumatic tubes, just shove it in there.

The answer: C) Place the hard drive into a cushioned anti-static bag

While it’s true that hard drives are relatively protected from physical damage when powered off, you still have to consider the dangers of static electricity. For this question, the only available answer that provided both physical and static protection was answer C).

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