I finally broke down and got a safe to store my software and system
backup CD's. A neighbor suggested I buy a rifle safe and put sand
bags or some other weight at the bottom to discourage theft.
Makes sense to me. The safe alone weighs 240 pounds. It's about 2
foot square and 5 feet high. I guess I could at least add 100 to 200
lbs of dead weight using some material.
If anybody has done this, what type of material did you use to
increase the weight? Anything I should be aware of?
I have installed some safes in my day. I have bolted them to the floors and
also weighted them to discourage theft. Bolting to the floor is not too great
unless you can actually through bolt them so weighting them works best. Now the
problem is how much room you have in the safe. I ended up using steel plates
for the weight and not sand becasue steel weighs more with less volume. If you
are already over 200 lbs and add say 100 lbs of sand or metal you should make
it pretty tough to stral without a dolly or something like that.
I'd make sure the floor can hold the addition of 350 or so pounds of
constant dead weight. :)
Steel is good and should add ample weight nicely. If you ask me, 240 pounds
alone is enough to keep me from wanting to steal it!
One thing to consider when storing software is environment in which you are
storing it. Many safes are/were welded in such a manner as creates a slight
charge that, over time, is JUST enough to erase magnetic media. Of course
that will not be an issue for optical media (which is what most software
comes on these days) but it can prove to be an issue for tapes, floppy
discs, zip discs, and hard disk drive.
This is Turtle.
Putting weights in it will hel;p but if you use concrete bolt and drilled
into the floor will add about 3 tons to it by putting bolts inside the safe
from the inside. Now you could set it in the concrete slade of youir home
and add about 30 tons to the safe.
The safe is in the garage, bolted to the floor and screwed into the
studs. I'll get some steel based on the suggestions. I don't need a
lot of room, so that's not an issue.
The magnetic comment was interesting. Never thought of that.
thankfully, all my stuff is on CD's, so I think I'm fine.
I'm also thinking about putting up a sign on the safe...something
like..."The only contents in this safe are records and software.
Don't waste your time."
I'm not paranoid. We were robbed a few years back and ever since that
incident, we have taken all our valuables with us when we go away for
a few days. Now, unfortunately, we have a neighbor whose 3 teenage
sons are a curse. One has broken into our neighbor's house and is
currently on probation. Over the past few months, the neighborhood
has been vandalized (sprinklers removed, porch furniture ruined, that
sort of thing. I thought that was enough of an incentive to finally
get a safe.
I have stored CDs in a fire-proof box, but not anymore. Make copies
of your CDs and store the orginals at another location (safe deposit
box, workplace, relative or neighbor's house). I have a wood shop
with a 8 foot lathe having a bottom shelf. I made sandbags from old
jean legs and laid them on the bottom shelf to increase the weight to
over 2000 lbs. The sandbags are very sturdy and about the right size
for easy handling, and sometimes I use them for "clamping" weights for
Got in touch with a friend who suggested that instead of the weight, I
bolt the safe to the garage floor with 4 - 5/8" hardened anchors.
The anchors the safe came with (2) were so soft I snapped them off
while tightening them down.
Bottom line is that we will be drilling our brains out tomorrow
morning. In addition to all this, I'll make backup copies of my
critical data and store them "off site".
I might add weight some day, but until then, I think my buddy has a
good idea and it's only costing me lunch<G>.
Thanks to everybody....
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