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First post, by smullyoz

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Had some time to kill today and came up with this.
Put a layer of anti static wrap on the bottom, wrapped a few wood pieces with anti static wrap and screwed them in the drawer, then slot some cards.
Any downsides to storing cards on their sides? So far ive usually just lay them down flat.

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Reply 1 of 10, by matze79

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Is this ESD Bubble Foil ? 😀

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Reply 2 of 10, by retardware

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smullyoz wrote on 2021-10-09, 21:34:

Put a layer of anti static wrap on the bottom, wrapped a few wood pieces with anti static wrap...

This is no conductive wrap, thus not anti static.
If the rose color isn't just added to deceive people, it only means that the bubble foil will not create big charges by itself.

smullyoz wrote on 2021-10-09, 21:34:

... and screwed them in the drawer, then slot some cards.

The drawer... some unknown material wrapped in plastic laminate...

smullyoz wrote on 2021-10-09, 21:34:

Any downsides to storing cards on their sides? So far ive usually just lay them down flat.

No, not at all, it is the recommended way to store this stuff.

I do this too. Here is my ghetto box of AGP and old PCI <=64MB:
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This kind of ghetto storage is cheap, stackable and anti-static.
As the uncoated cardboard is conductive due to the ubiquitary humidity, no high voltages can build up, and charges get dissipated.
It is good style to grab the cards first by the slot brackets anyway, as this takes care of equalizing the potentials.

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Reply 4 of 10, by retardware

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smullyoz wrote on 2021-10-09, 23:40:

Nice, is it just any old cardboard?

Not "old" cardboard.
I took some then-new pieces of the same size (35x25x15cm) which I found convenient for my storage.
This was way cheaper and better suitable than any other box storage systems I knew of.
I am using these boxes for years now and am very satisfied.
The "separator inlets" I cut from thick cardboard, also taking care that there is no covering/coating/printing on them which could be detrimental to its antistatic properties.

smullyoz wrote on 2021-10-09, 23:40:

Do i run danger of static build up in the drawer at all?

Well, static electricity builds up when non-conductive surfaces are being separated/moved away.
So I'd suspect that this might also be the case in your drawer, every time you open/close it.

Reply 5 of 10, by Anders-

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Just using a shoe box here - a few anti-static bags between the cards to keep them from getting stuck in eachother. This is for older cards without hsf stuff.

You guys have some really fancy storage 😀

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Reply 6 of 10, by smullyoz

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retardware wrote on 2021-10-10, 00:01:
Not "old" cardboard. I took some then-new pieces of the same size (35x25x15cm) which I found convenient for my storage. This was […]
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smullyoz wrote on 2021-10-09, 23:40:

Nice, is it just any old cardboard?

Not "old" cardboard.
I took some then-new pieces of the same size (35x25x15cm) which I found convenient for my storage.
This was way cheaper and better suitable than any other box storage systems I knew of.
I am using these boxes for years now and am very satisfied.
The "separator inlets" I cut from thick cardboard, also taking care that there is no covering/coating/printing on them which could be detrimental to its antistatic properties.

smullyoz wrote on 2021-10-09, 23:40:

Do i run danger of static build up in the drawer at all?

Well, static electricity builds up when non-conductive surfaces are being separated/moved away.
So I'd suspect that this might also be the case in your drawer, every time you open/close it.

Interesting, well hopefully theyre ok in the drawer.
That brings up another question, are they better stored or better used as far as longevity? As we know parking your car and not using will destroy its tires for example as they're meant to be used. What about GPUs?

I mean i have a TI4200 that was basically sitting in a cardboard box for 10+ years, then i took it out put some new thermal paste and off it went, working great.

Reply 7 of 10, by Anders-

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smullyoz wrote on 2021-10-10, 00:36:
Interesting, well hopefully theyre ok in the drawer. That brings up another question, are they better stored or better used as f […]
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retardware wrote on 2021-10-10, 00:01:
Not "old" cardboard. I took some then-new pieces of the same size (35x25x15cm) which I found convenient for my storage. This was […]
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smullyoz wrote on 2021-10-09, 23:40:

Nice, is it just any old cardboard?

Not "old" cardboard.
I took some then-new pieces of the same size (35x25x15cm) which I found convenient for my storage.
This was way cheaper and better suitable than any other box storage systems I knew of.
I am using these boxes for years now and am very satisfied.
The "separator inlets" I cut from thick cardboard, also taking care that there is no covering/coating/printing on them which could be detrimental to its antistatic properties.

smullyoz wrote on 2021-10-09, 23:40:

Do i run danger of static build up in the drawer at all?

Well, static electricity builds up when non-conductive surfaces are being separated/moved away.
So I'd suspect that this might also be the case in your drawer, every time you open/close it.

Interesting, well hopefully theyre ok in the drawer.
That brings up another question, are they better stored or better used as far as longevity? As we know parking your car and not using will destroy its tires for example as they're meant to be used. What about GPUs?

I mean i have a TI4200 that was basically sitting in a cardboard box for 10+ years, then i took it out put some new thermal paste and off it went, working great.

Everything gets worn out when used. Things not used don't get worn out, but they age.

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Reply 8 of 10, by imi

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retardware wrote on 2021-10-09, 23:11:
smullyoz wrote on 2021-10-09, 21:34:

Put a layer of anti static wrap on the bottom, wrapped a few wood pieces with anti static wrap...

This is no conductive wrap, thus not anti static.
If the rose color isn't just added to deceive people, it only means that the bubble foil will not create big charges by itself.

^this

I mean sure the bubblewrap helps to protect, but the "anti-static" effect of the pink colored stuff is just that it doesn't produce static, it doesn't protect from static discharge, as long as you discharge yourself before handling them the chances of a static discharge are slim, but if you want to be absolutely sure you need to store them in sealed conductive bags ^^

but in all honesty it's probably fine, as you'll grab them by the cooler anyways ^^

Reply 9 of 10, by framebuffer

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Things are a little more complicated when you step into hundreds 😒

I'm using these Ikea pot lid organisers ( https://www.ikea.com/ch/en/p/variera-pot-lid- … steel-70154800/ )

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Reply 10 of 10, by Anders-

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framebuffer wrote on 2021-10-10, 18:33:

Things are a little more complicated when you step into hundreds 😒

I'm using these Ikea pot lid organisers ( https://www.ikea.com/ch/en/p/variera-pot-lid- … steel-70154800/ )

Nah, just need more shoe boxes 😁

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