A large majority of us use a laptop on a daily or near daily basis. They are an extension (or even the main source) of the office, classroom, et cetera. Laptops are great for on the go, presentations, note taking in class, studying, and just for curling up in a chair and surfing the web. Whatever you use it for, we can agree that they are important part of our technologically driven society. Laptops are treated roughly getting shoved into bags, tossed around, and dropped so taking care of them is essential.
Here are five steps to ensure that you are treating your laptop with care and are able to extend its life and use.
1. Avoid sharp movements during use.
–Some newer laptops have a solid-state drive (SSD) with no moving parts, but many laptops still have mechanical drives meaning that they work a bit like a record player. It has a head, which is like a record player needle, and a data storage platter like a record. The head hovers just microns over the surface of the spinning disk and a knock can cause them to collide. Just like a deep scratch on a record, whatever data was on that section will be corrupted and lost. Make sure you always power down the laptop before moving it or packing it away.
2. Keep your laptop cool.
-Each component of your laptop is generating heat and your laptop has two ways of telling you that it is getting too hot. The first way is with the fan. The fan runs to blow heat out the vent and keep the components cool enough to continue operating. The harder your laptop is working, the faster and louder the fan will spin. It is important to keep the vent clear of things that will block it like blankets, books, etc. The other way to tell if it is getting too hot is the auto shut off.
3. Take care of your cords.
-Inside power cords are a bunch of wires, wires that are delicate and need to be handled with care. They give off the illusion that they are sturdy and able to take the beating that we all put them through, however, that is unfortunately not the case. Cords need to be kept clear of sharp edges and care needs to be taken when wrapping them up. It is best to try to mimic how they came packaged in the box. Try to wrap the cord around itself or the power adapter and make sure that it is secured to stay in place.
4. Transport padded
-Carrying your laptop in a bag or sleeve that is padded will help protect your laptop as it endures the endless amount of bumps and bangs. It is ideal to have a bag or sleeve that is padded on the bottom, sides, and top. Having a waterproof outer is also a really good idea.
5. Back it up
-Make sure to back up your laptop frequently. Backing up your laptop won’t necessarily extend the life of your laptop, but given the fact that laptops are fragile and more prone to damage, it will make it much easier in the long run if your data is backed up should the need arise.