Transporting an AS400

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I want to transport my AS400 off site for a backup solution. Does anyone know of a command to disable the hard disk reading arms so the disk does not get damaged in transport?
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Hello,

It has been at least 15 years since I have seen instructions on parking the drive heads in any kind of hardware. I suspect it is no longer necessary, probably because the heads auto park when the drive shuts down.

If you have IBM hardware support, you can call 800-IBM-SERV and get a definitive answer.

Regards,

Steve B

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  • BigKat
    I would STRONGLY suggest getting a professional company (bonded and/or insured) to do the transportation.
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  • WoodEngineer
    Modern disk drive retract the heads to a safe area when power down. No worries there. One suggestion before moving your AS400 yourself . . . be sure your resume is up to date.
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  • Gilly400
    Hi, I've transported System/36's and AS/400's plenty of times and never had any problems. I would suggest not letting the normal "furniture removal" guys do the transportation - hire a small truck or van for the job, this should be more suitable, the bigger trucks tend to rock around quite a lot, which isn't nice for you hardware. I've even transported machines in the back of stationwagons in the past, once again, they rock around a lot less than a big truck. Of course you're always going to feel better in the hands of the pro's... Regards, Martin Gilbert.
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  • BigKat
    At a former company I worked at, they ONLY used professional movers because several years before I got there, the people moving the AS/400 (or maybe it was even an S/3? then) tipped it onto its side to get it to fit into an elevator, causing all the boards to fall into one big pile of broken components.
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  • Selectsoft
    Up until about 6 years ago I carried a model 270 around in my car for demos without any problem at all. I even took it to Sweden in a suitcase with no problem at all !! I have transported 800's and i5's around because of various office moves, fire, etc. and never encountered a hardware or software problem. Just be sure that if you take it upon yourself to move the box you aren't putting your job at risk if something goes wrong ! Neil.
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  • mcl
    No-one mentioned the obvious - make sure you have a full backup of the system before you move it. And make sure you can restore from your backup medium. On the last move I was involved with in my previous employment I worked with the IBM CE who prepped the machine to move. Basically, he powered it down, wrapped it up in plastic and banded it. No special commands.. We did use a professional well-known company to transport the hardware. The only way to go IMO. But, the moving truck wouldn't start after we got it loaded. That made things "exciting" as we were on a schedule and had to be up and running the next business day - and we were moving about 250 miles. Eventually, it worked out fine - just gave the boss a few more grey hairs. In my current employment, we moved just across the street. Management refused to hire IBM and instead hired a company that was "IBM certified" (whatever that means). Well, our 570 system wouldn't power up and we had to call in IBM service - who then charged for the repair call. YMMV.. Regards Mike
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  • Nordan
    I always worked with IBM, you pay a lot but they power off, wrapp, deliver, install and power on and let your machine ready to use. You are in proffesionals hands. Sometimes you have to pay to assure you will have your bussiness ready to work the day after, with IBM it always happens (yes, I am a "big blue" fan, 32 years working with them as a user around the world make me trust on them).
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  • WoodEngineer
    In big advantage to having IBM move your machine . . . if they break it, they fix it - no additional cost to you.
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