Just like we all have to maintain our cars to get better performance. How many of us maintain our computers? Computers have become a major part of our lives and to deprive them of computer maintenance is only going to cause errors in the future.
Computers run slower or maybe even crash as they age, because they haven’t been maintained properly. At Stellar Phoenix we are determined to make sure you do not experience any kind of a data loss. So here are a few computer maintenance tips to help you avoid a slow or a crashed computer.
Tip #1: Fix Error Messages
We all get various error messages, they are usually confusing and often useless but if you ignore them, you may notice your computer slowing down.
You are well served to at least research the error message, there are plenty of very useful resources available on the web, the chances are very high that someone had the same exact problem and was able to figure out the solution. If you do not have the time or the inclination you can always contact an expert.
Tip #2: Remove Unused Programs
In theory, unused programs shouldn’t affect your computer—they’d just take up a little extra disk space. But too many unused programs, especially ad-ware, install extra features on your computer that slow you down.
The solution is simple: Go to the Control Panel, open the Add/Remove Programs console, highlight any programs you don’t use, and click Remove. After you remove all the programs you don’t need, reboot your computer to kill any old startup programs.
Tip #3: Defragment
Windows is designed to save files as quickly as possible. Saving files is fast because Windows would split files into several smaller pieces and write them on separate parts of the disk. Those small pieces of the files are called fragments, and reading fragments makes your computer take longer to open files.
Microsoft suggests that you speed up your computer by removing the fragments and turning the pieces into whole files again—a process called defragmentation. You should run the defragment tool from the control panel at least once a month on an active computer.
Tip #4: Clean The Registry
Just like when you open your file cabinet, flip through all the old folders until you get to the required folder, find specific information, and pull it out. Windows does the same thing with its Windows Registry when it needs some information about a piece of software.
The problem is that Windows checks the Windows Registry hundreds or thousands of times a day. Imagine if you had to check your file cabinet hundreds of times a day. You’d probably take a moment and throw out those old folders to save some time. That’s what we suggest you do with the Windows registry—throw out old registry entries using a program called a registry cleaner.
A quick Google search for “registry cleaner” turns up dozens of useful programs.
Tip # 5: Get an Anti-Virus Software
Do you remember how fast your computer ran till you installed an antivirus software? Every anti-virus program will slow down your computer, but the best anti-virus programs will slow it down the least because they’re optimized. An Antivirus is a must but, if you aren’t happy with your anti-virus program, don’t just keep using it—look for alternatives. Remember that most good anti-virus programs have free trials.
Tips #6: Scan For Bad RAM
The part of your computer most likely to start failing without you noticing is your computer memory (RAM). Your computer can recover from most RAM failures, but recovering from a failure takes time, and the worse your RAM gets, the longer it takes to recover each time.
Eventually, if your RAM keeps failing, programs will start to crash with weird error messages or your computer won’t boot sometimes. Easy fix, get a new RAM.
Tips #7: Check The Cords
All of us are using external disk drives these days, as well as we use digital music players, cell phones, and cameras which do the same thing.
If you copy files to or from these devices, you should occasionally check to make sure the cords are plugged in fully. When the cords are not plugged in correctly, only part of the data gets sent and this can slow the speed of the computer. Many times files copy fast but the result is not complete information. At Stellar Phoenix we recommend you to always open and verify every newly transferred file to check the transfer’s quality.
Tips #8: Clean Inside The Case
Did you know that electricity travels further over cold metal than it does over hot metal? This is important to your computer because its Computer Processing Unit (CPU) uses millions and millions of tiny electrical pulses to do all of its processing.
Small amounts of household dust gets inside your computer every day, and as it builds up, it blocks your computer’s air vents, making your computer hotter than it should be. When your CPU gets hot, the electricity can’t travel as far, so your computer can’t process information as well. (And when it gets too hot, it can’t process information at all.)
The solution is simple: take five minutes every year to turn off your computer, buy a bottle of compressed air, open your computer case, and clean out all of the dust. Smokers may want to clean twice a year.
Tips #9: Use Your Senses
Pay attention to your computer. Notice when it starts making a new sound or when it starts getting hotter than usual. Treat your computer like a car and investigate any change in its behavior. Remember that problems are usually easiest to fix the sooner you start working on them.
Tips # 10: Check The Disk
Engineers love saying that all moving parts fail, and no part on your computer moves more than your disk drive. Your disk drive will fail, and it will probably fail sooner than you expect. But, before it fails, it will probably slow down—I mean it will physically slow down.
The disk drive will slow down gradually, so you probably won’t notice when it starts happening, but you will notice your computer start to take longer booting, opening files, and saving files. If you follow these steps and still your computer is slow this means your hard drive’s time is almost up and it’s getting closer and closer to failure.
At Stellar Phoenix, we most often come across situations which could have been avoided but due to late detection hard drives failed, some worse than the rest. We have experience in recovering data from logical or physical failures, electricity surges or accidents such as dropping or deletion of data.
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Note: Do not attempt to run a virus scan, defrag your hard drive, or take any other action if your hard disk drive is making grinding, clicking or mechanical beeping and whirring noises during boot-up. These sounds indicate an imminent hard drive failure and attempting to fix the problem yourself could cause permanent damage to your hard drive platters and a permanent loss of data.