If you have ever wondered what exactly you need in order to be successful and maintain IT infrastructure, we can help. Let’s have a moment here. What’s the bottom line to keeping your computers and networks going? Basic maintenance. Three easy things to remember:
- Dust: More-so than anything else, keep dirt, dust, and debris away from the internals of your computer or equipment. These contaminants can hinder the performance of the device and decrease the life of each component. Just a simple dusting or keeping the device off the floor goes a long way.
- Power: Most people are unsure of whether to leave their computer or device on or turn it off when not in use. It is more on preference. Yes, keeping the device on does draw more power, but it does not hurt performance. An alternative is sleep mode or hibernation. A downside to hibernation and sleep mode is the amount of storage needed to store the temporary files during a shut down. We recommend keeping your device on at all times and purchasing a battery backup/UPS (uninterruptible power supply) and attaching essential devices to it. This will both keep the device on in times of a power outage as well as filter the power to clean power to deliver to your device.
- Storage: No, we are not just talking about how much space is left. The type of storage you have for your computer can determine the life and quality of performance. Yes, SSDs (Solid State Disk) are not, but they are still more expensive than the traditional HDD (Hard Disk Drive). Be sure to note the life span of an SSD for basic storage is up to 10 years. The life span for a HDD is 3-5 years. There are pros and cons to each. Determine how much storage you need and if you are doing basic computer or if you need a much better performance device.