Computers can be expensive things to replace. If you’ve got a whole office full of PCs, it can be an even more costly expense. Fortunately, there are many ways to look after your computers that will keep them running for years.
Stay protected on the web
The most effective way of protecting your PC is by installing security software and ensuring that this constantly up to date. Whilst most viruses can generally be fixed up, there are others that are more malicious. Malware – in particular ransomware – can be a real threat to your computer. Businesses should invest in cloud-powered security packages that will not only save your computer but save your information from hackers.
Give them room to breathe
Computers need to be kept well ventilated to stop them overheating. You should avoid storing the computer tower in an enclosed cabinet in a desk, as well as avoiding placing near radiators and heaters.
For offices with multiple computers or lots of machinery a more efficient cooling method such as that provided by ITE Adiabatic Data Centre Cooling may be needed. These are particularly worthwhile installing if you have servers.
Keep on top of dust
Computer fans are generally capable with coping with most average household dust, however other forms of dust such as building dust or that from exhausts in cities can be a problem. Thick dust can build up on components and cause overheating. Good ventilation should keep the inside of your computer getting too dusty, but you can take extra measures such as replacing internal fans or having a dust extractor (useful for warehouses, garages and workshops).
Run regular defrags
Data on traditional hard drives often becomes fragmented over time and spread out over different places on the hard drive. This results in computers running more slowly and eventually crashing. Running a regular defragmentation assembles all this data into more organised pockets, allowing more space for new data to be stored. Fortunately, most modern PCs run an automatic defrag that saves you having to manually do it every few months. Check that defrag set to automatic just in case.
Protect against power surges
Computer circuits are only made to handle a certain amount of power. An electrical surge or spike can cause huge damage for your PC’s inner components. Power devices can block these surges from doing damage. Most electrical devices nowadays already come with power devices, which is a good thing. However, you may want to ensure that these power supplies are working properly. Some have a light on them that tells you whether they’re working properly, whilst some may only display a light to show that they’re on. If you’ve had a power device for several years and are unsure if it still works, you may be safer just buying a new one.
Power loss can also have an equally damaging effect, occasionally causing file corruption. Special uninterruptable power supplies can protect you against these sudden power cuts, containing batteries that can help power your PC momentarily during a power outage.