I am moving from Egypt to the Netherlands and I need to take my PC with me. I won't be taking the monitor, just the case, but I'm wondering what the best way would be.

Am considering taking it as carry-on because I'm allowed 8kg and at least then I can handle it myself. Has anyone done this before and can give me tips or warn me that this doesn't work? Would putting it in my normal suitcase as checked baggage be a better idea?

  • Keep in mind that at some security checkpoints, they may ask you to turn on your electronic devices to show that they are working, which can be extremely cumbersome with a desktop computer. – gparyani Oct 4 '18 at 7:10

If you do take it and store it in the hold, I'd suggest removing the harddrive. You don't want that bashed around by other suitcases.

Taking it as carry-on - as long as it fits in their luggage dimensions (the airline you're using will have this on their website) and is under their weight restrictions (you sure it weighs less than 8kg?), then there's no reason you shouldn't be able to. People take laptops all the time, and yours is just a bigger, bulkier version ;)

However, what I'd pay to see is the looks on peoples' faces at the xray screening checkpoint, where they tell you to remove the laptops from your bag. Naturally, I'd expect you'd probably have to take your desktop out of the bag as well, and it'd be fantastic to watch :)

A quick searched showed me that another guy has done this before, with similar reactions, and from the sounds of it he had no problems at all.

  • "There's no reason you whouldn't be able to." -- Are you sure? Many PCs have parts which could be used as a weapon. The PCI slot fillers come to mind. And it would be easy to sharpen one of those to make a knife. It might not be the most effective weapon, but if I had to defend myself, I'd choose that over a nail file, which is usually prohibited. :) – Flimzy Jul 12 '13 at 1:45
  • Mark, you reminded me of the very old hard drives, when we needed to park the head of the drive prior to moving the disk, using a command in DOS which supplied by the drive manufacturer, forgot the command but maybe it was park.. – Nean Der Thal Jul 12 '13 at 23:23
  • @Flimzy perhaps, but as of this moment, nail files are not permitted, while computer components are :) – Mark Mayo Jul 14 '13 at 14:45
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    @MarkMayo: I know where to hide my nail file next time, then! – Flimzy Jul 15 '13 at 4:20

When I went from US to India, I decided to carry my desktop with me, minus the monitor. The main reason being I didn't find the corresponding motherboard specs in India (although it would be available in a few months!). As I knew how to put together a computer and also knew that I could buy a new case in India, I dismantled the entire computer and took only the components. I decided to carry the hard drive in my carry-on baggage but decided to check in the motherboard and power supply. Everything got wrapped in layers of clothing so that they wouldn't be damaged.

At the US end, there weren't too many questions. When I landed in India, when the luggage got x-rayed, there were questions about an object with lots of wires coming out of it, but when I explained, there was no problem.

Once I put it together, the computer ran without a hitch!


I just took my dismantled desktop through security with me at Singapore Airport, no question asked.

  • went through London as well, the guy opened my suit case, had my show him all components (in the bubble wrap I had put them, no need to remove) and just re scanned everything out of the suitcase. Took 10 minutes and I had to repack but no problem. – Eagle1 Jan 2 '20 at 15:53

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