Did you just buy a new, top of the line computer last month? Well, I’m sorry to say this but there is probably something better out now. Technology is improving at an almost frightening speed and it’s hard to stay ahead. Let me put this into perspective.
In 2002 the largest hard drive you could get in a computer was 137 gigabyte, this was considered outstanding. Today over 4 terabyte hard drives are available, and that’s just hard drive space! Other computer component upgrades such as processors is off the chart. Every year it seems the speed of technology progress doubles.
There is good news though, you don’t have to constantly upgrade your computer! Let me share a few tips with you to keep your computer running smoothly and lengthen it’s lifespan.
1. Keep your computer clean! I’m not talking about organization here, I’m getting at the dust that builds up inside. Most retail stores that have a Tech. section sell those compressed air cans which will do the job perfectly. A word of caution though, if you haven’t cleaned out the dust yet and you’ve owned your computer for over a year you may want to bring it outside; things may get messy!
2. Defragging your computer a few times a year will make it run a lot more smoothly. This is mainly for PC users. Mac’s have internal functions that should automatically do this and if not require a trained Apple technician. To do this on a PC though you want to go to your Start Menu – Accessories – System Tools – Disk Defragmenter. I recommend you close all programs before doing this and step away from your computer for a few hours.
3. Scan your computer with anti-virus programs at least once every two weeks. Most Anti-Virus software has an automatic schedule routine when it is installed but making sure it’s staying updated and working properly is recommended!
4. Give your computer a breather every now and then. Leaving it running all day and night will wear it on greatly and you’ll notice it slowing down a lot faster. Shutting it down for several hours every few days will allow it to cool down and reset itself!
Following these tips will allow your computer to live a longer and healthier life! Later this week I am going to be writing a follow-up post with more tips as well, (so check back!)
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