If it is a desktop you could take the hard drive(s) out and ship the rest. A hard drive won't take up much room at all, cushion it with your socks. Google images of hard drives to see what it looks like.
Unless you're using Bugs Moran St. Valentine Moving & Storage, I doubt the movers will bother your computer. Once you have a bios password, and a setup change password - you should be ok. I may be using the wrong word "bios," I mean the password that has to be entered before anything can happen with the computer. The setup password concerns only entering bios itself.
''Win 8 ''change PC settings/''users''/sign-in options/''create a password'' .....fill- in password and once that's done even if computer is booted=up the ability to even see the 'desktop' will not appear until the password is entered ...do i have that right? To remove the password when i want to, all i have to do is above - (Users/sign-n options/ and remove password ? I hope i have it right ! thanks so much !
Bios pw + HD pw, the solution I use (excellent, as long as one does not forget the password!). The HD content would not be accessible even if taken out of the pc. If the motherboard\bios should fail, HD can be unlocked by connecting it to similar laptop\pc.
HD encryption is also a possibility. Whatever the situation (wrong password, virus, theft, hardware failure, user error > format :0) etc), do regular imaging\bu'ing and store in a safe place.
i meant to say ''NO'' offence taken (LOL) ..anyway you didn't do anything wrong - you were just asking a question and you 'were' very polite about it ...and you made a good point i.e. if i 'were' a 'power user' i would know what to do !! i totally agree with you. I just know enough about computers to know what i don't know !! i find the more one learns the more there is waiting around the corner to fry your brain ! I get cross-eyed thinking about it !
CountryBumpkin, you do have a point! Personally, I'm a power user in regards to some, but not many, things. I'm an absolute duffer user on some things. It depends upon what each of us has experienced and/or researched over the years -- concerning computers.