Computers and laptops have come down in price over the past decade, but that doesn’t mean that they are just something that you want to replace, with a new one all the time.

There are several simple ways to extend the useful life of your PC besides upgrading its RAM and changing the hard drive.

Here at Red Centre Technology Partners, we have put together some tips to extend the life of your laptop and computer.

Clean up your computer

Many parts of your computer move, and these parts heat up while in use. The metal in your computer expands when it is heated and then contracts when cooled. Wear and tear are inevitable as a result, which may lead to parts failing.

Maintaining your computer’s temperature as low as possible is vital for its long-term health. Dust and debris can clog fans and ports, preventing airflow, trapping heat, and affecting hardware performance.

It can be challenging to clean laptops as opposed to desktop computers. Many people will blow into the vents and keyboard a few times now and then with compressed air, but this technique can only remove a certain amount of dust and debris since whatever doesn’t make it out gets blown back right inside the laptop.

You should maintain your computer with regular general cleaning every three to six months to ensure your laptop remains sanitary and free of germs.

Ensure You Are Working In A Space With Ventilation

Ventilation is another important factor when it comes to heat. Heatsinks and fans inside your case are there to help, but they won’t work effectively if the computer’s surroundings aren’t well ventilated. Make sure your PC has plenty of airflow by keeping it away from heater vents or space heaters.

Run Antivirus Scans

If your computer is running slowly, it is sometimes a sign that the hardware is beginning to run out of life or become redundant, which means it is time for a new computer. Before you go shopping, have you been running routine antivirus and anti-malware scans? If your laptop is clogged with viruses or malware, it will have a significant impact on its performance.

Invest in robust and reputable software to protect your computer, and then you should schedule a regular scan at least once a week. It might be necessary to format your HDD to obliterate all traces of malware, but when you have reinstalled all software, ensure your antivirus and anti-malware solution is installed first.

This will help keep your computer running at the optimal speed for longer.

Backup Data

You should make a data backup to have a secure archive of your important information, whether it’s the documentation for your business or photos of your family so that your device can be restored quickly and seamlessly in the event of data loss.

Generally, hard disks last between three and five years before requiring replacement. New technologies like solid-state drives can last up to 10 years, but in many cases, you are going to have to replace your HDD at least once during the life of your laptop.

In the event of a failure of an HDD, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to repair it, so data will usually be permanently lost.

A backup of essential data should be performed at least once a week. You can either do this manually or automatically.

Update software

Although updating may seem like a hassle when working on a project, it is essential for the system’s longevity. If you own an Apple computer, you will receive updates on a regular basis. 

Contact the experts

If you’re looking for computer repair services, call 08 8952 7400 or contact the team at Red Centre Technology Partners today.