PC’s don’t last as long as they once did, but with just a few simple steps, performed periodically, you can lengthen the life of your workstations, laptops and servers.
1. Keep it clean.
Through normal use, the intake and exhaust fans get clogged with dust, reducing airflow and causing vital parts of your PC to overheat. The best way to clean the innards of your PC is to take the case apart, and blow out the dust with compressed air or a shop-vac. Overheating is one of the leading causes of motherboard, processor and video card failure. This simple effort will keep your PC from experiencing preventable damage.
2. Check your surge protector.
Another source of PC damage can come from a power spike or outage that is not mitigated by a working surge protector. If your surge protector does not have a warning indicator, there is no way to know how it will act in an outage. Make sure your surge protector is UL 1449 certified to protect your valuable hardware investments.
3. Use software to perform a hardware checkup.
Our suggestion is to institute regular off-hours maintenance and hardware checks to ensure that your hard drive and equipment are working flawlessly, and there are no errors in any of the hardware logs. Additionally, keeping your disks defragmented greatly reduces the time that the moving parts in your drive are active, thus extending the life of the hard drive.
4. Leave your PC’s on.
Performing a cold boot puts more strain on your PC than letting it run over-night. Over time, this adds up to more stress on the system. When a PC is left on sleep mode, there is much less strain put on the machines daily. Remember, though, that compliance with HIPAA does demand that a password be entered when waking from a sleep state. The other benefit of always-on PC’s is the ability to schedule maintenance for the middle of the night.
5. Turn your monitor’s off.
While our suggestion of leaving your PC’s on will lengthen the life of your PC’s, turning your monitors off will lengthen the lifetime of the monitors. It is a good idea to power off the monitor completely. If the monitors are left in sleep mode along with the PC, then when maintenance is performed in the middle of the night, they may turn on and off.
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