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Article 6: An Intro to Internal Hard Drive to PC Connections

In this 6th installment of the VitalTech hard drive and data recovery blog series, we’ll cover the common internal connections between hard drives and PCs and then talk a little about the typical issues you can encounter when they experience some sort of a problem.

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Article 1: Your Hard Drive (How It Works and What Causes It to Crash)

Article 2: The Basics of Modern Hard Drive Disk Failures

Article 3: Hard Drive Mechanical Arm Failures 101

Article 4: How Hard Drives Save and Retrieve Your Files

Article 5: Hard Drive Printed Circuit Boards and Data Recovery Explained

Article 6: An Intro to Internal Hard Drive to PC Connections

Article 7: External Hard Drives and Data Recovery

What good is having a fabulous hard drive filled with gigs of text files, images, videos, programs, preferences, gaming glory and your operating system if it can’t interface with your PC? This communication happens through a relatively small amount of internal connections, outlined below.

up close view of SATA hard drive port

  • SATA: Internally, within your hard drive, the standard Serial Advanced Technology Attachment connection accommodates all formats and makes it possible to transfer data at incredibly high speeds.
  • USB: The Universal Serial Bus is a very common way to connect a hard drive or external storage device to any PC, comes standard on just about all desktops, laptops and popular gaming systems.
  • eSATA: Some PCs come boosted with more advanced, high-performance eSATA connections which make even higher data transfer speeds possible from external drives. These are superior to USB and…
  • FireWire: This is an increasingly well-known upgrade to USB connections that makes data transfer faster which can be very important for people or businesses who deal with much larger files – graphic artists, web designers, programmers, movie makers, etc.

Listen, as technology progresses, in general so does the amount of data we transfer. Consider the amount of internal data transfer on your typical hard drive from 2006 v. those of today. So from USB, to Firewire to eSATA, and outdated connections upgraded to the modern SATA.

Some of the components involved are the different hard drive connection panels along with their corresponding connection power and converter cables, themselves mini-marvels of engineering. As with anything else involved in 21st century PC-tech, all this can get crazy complex in a heartbeat. So with that said let’s talk about 3 sure signs there’s an issue brewing.

3 Common Hard Drive Connection Errors

  1. The hard drive suddenly isn’t recognized by the computer, indicating that there’s an internal disconnect.
  2. Your computer begins asking you to (re)format the hard drive which will destroy all the data that hasn’t been backed up on an external drive or storage device in the process.
  3. Your computer is letting you see files but you can’t open them, which again, is a clear sign of disconnection between your hard drive and PC.

In some cases, when people know their way around hard drives, exchanging one cable or converter with another isn’t the hardest thing to do in the world. But for most folks, like PC owners who reach out to VitalTech, this is all a grey area where they don’t know what kind of cables they need, how to assess/repair them, or what choices are best to suit their computing needs.

And with that said, we’ll move on to the last article in our hard drive and data recovery blog series that deals with external drives.

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Article 5: Hard Drive Printed Circuit Boards and Data Recovery Explained

In this 5th article in the VitalTech Hard Drive and Data Recovery blog series we’ll tackle the printed circuit board (PCB) so you can see how it controls power and firmware. And why replacements have to be very specific, the same version, from the same factory of manufacturer and prouduced within 1-2 weeks of each other.

While within the general and computer electronics worlds PCBs are incredibly common and well understood, outside these circles folks typically have no clue. At least not until they have to contact companies and data recovery experts like VitalTech.

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Article 1: Your Hard Drive (How It Works and What Causes It to Crash)

Article 2: The Basics of Modern Hard Drive Disk Failures

Article 3: Hard Drive Mechanical Arm Failures 101

Article 4: How Hard Drives Save and Retrieve Your Files

Article 5: Hard Drive Printed Circuit Boards and Data Recovery Explained

Article 6: An Intro to Internal Hard Drive to PC Connections

Article 7: External Hard Drives and Data Recovery

What a PCB does is make it possible for power to move between the physical components within a hard drive. They’re complex feats of micro-engineering that took over the show from point-to-point wiring in older hard drives that were very susceptible to aging, cracking, and all sorts of other issues.

close up view of a hard drive pcb

Now, to be frank, all the science and engineering involved with PCBs is very dense. We could write a book on them, easily, but for the purposes of this short tutorial skip ahead a bit and go through the most common telltale signs of a hard drive PCB failure.

5 Signs of Hard Drive PCB Failure

  1. Unresponsive: Right, so if the PCB is faulty or fails there isn’t going to be power properly getting to where it needs to go so you won’t hear or feel the drive spin up.
  2. Burning: Because of how they’re composed and put together, often when PCBs take a dirt nap they’ll actually get so hot that they catch on fire. Not in a scary way, but enough to do serious damage and to where you’ll be able to smell it. Sometimes the damaged chip can be repaired while other times the whole board needs to be replaced.
  3. Firmware Failures: The data that tells the computer what this device is and what it does is no longer working. This is an interfacing failure that we see frequently!
  4. Surges: Perhaps the most common reason PCBs fail is through Mother Nature in the form of electrical surges thanks to sudden power outages and electrical/thunder storms.
  5. Disappearance: A less common PCB issue happens when without warning, the hard drive essentially disappears from your computer’s operating system.

Simple enough so far, so now let’s address the difficulties people run into when they try to replace a faulty or failed PCB with a shiny new one. As mentioned in the beginning of this article, to work properly there are three requirements:

  • Same firmware version.
  • From the same production plant.
  • Created within a few weeks, at most, of each other.

As you can see, it’s all about compatibility. The global PCB industry is absolutely mind-blowingly huge. There are so many out there it’s insane, so many versions, and then there’s all the “second hand” options and so forth. Furthermore, you want to be sure that the board has been fully tested before being shipped, right?

VitalTech is part of a board exchange with other professional data recovery services to allow quick part sourcing and a fast turnaround for data recoveries.

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Article 4: How Hard Drives Save and Retrieve Your Files

Bonjour! In this fourth installment of the VitalTech hard drive and data recovery blog series we’re going to cover the basics of hard drive file saving and retrieving to give you a better understanding of how it works. While you may think files are nicely and neatly saved in tidy Matrix-like cubes, it’s actually a bit more interesting than that.

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Article 1: Your Hard Drive (How It Works and What Causes It to Crash)

Article 2: The Basics of Modern Hard Drive Disk Failures

Article 3: Hard Drive Mechanical Arm Failures 101

Article 4: How Hard Drives Save and Retrieve Your Files

Article 5: Hard Drive Printed Circuit Boards and Data Recovery Explained

Article 6: An Intro to Internal Hard Drive to PC Connections

Article 7: External Hard Drives and Data Recovery

From original hard drives in the 50s like the gargantuan IBM RAMAC 305, to modern versions that can fit in your back pocket as thin as a pancake yet possess enough capacity to hold hundreds upon hundreds of CDs worth of music files, videos, images, and more…we’ve come a mighty long way.

internal view of a hard drive platter

All of that computing evolution sits on a foundation of magnetism and bits, or binary digit sequences of 0s and 1s that are then divvied up into billions of sectors on your hard drive disk (HDD) platter. So even when the computer isn’t on, or the data is on an inactive external drive or device, it’s still there embedded into a magnetic plate.

A Closer Look at Hard Drive Disks

Made of hard glass or aluminum and coated on each side with an extremely thin layer of metallic material capable of being (de)magnetized, the hard drive disk is where all the data is stored and retrieved.

Remember we’re talking billions of microscopic bits of binary code spread out all over the disk, which is why it has to spin so fast, up to 10,000 RPMs to allow the read-write head and mechanical arm to instantly access it. That said, the vast majority of the work isn’t writing the data, but retrieving and filing it.

Let’s talk about how your data is saved. There’s basically three parts.

  1. Tracks: As the plate spins in a clockwise motion, data-bits are arranged in concentric patterns or pathways which like on a music record or CD are called tracks.
  2. Sectors: Tracks are then further broken down into much smaller sectors or specific areas, some grouped together.
  3. The FAT: Finally, the computer meticulously keeps a map of data, and each sector, so it knows what space is used and what’s open for new information.

Just try and imagine what happens when even one speck of dust happens to lands on and sticks to the plate. Then let’s say that speck causes the read-write head to bounce and then make contact with the plate when it comes down. Even one tiny scratch can impact hundreds if not thousands of files.

Sometimes signs of disk problems are noticeable, if you’re lucky, but oftentimes disk crashes just happen…boom! That’s where VitalTech comes, to run diagnostics, check software for corruption, inspect the mechanical components and take care of hard drive data recovery.

Now that we’ve taken a gander at how hard drive file saving and retrieving works, in our next article of we’ll look at the printed circuit board which acts as the central nervous system of your hard drive.

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Article 3: Hard Drive Mechanical Arm Failures 101

Welcome to this third article of the VitalTech hard drive and data recovery blog series. We’re going to look at the hard drive mechanical arm and go through the common issues you may face that can include unexpected contact with disk platters (scratching), reading wrong areas, and degrading when reading over a dent in disk platter at 5400rpm or more.

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Article 1: Your Hard Drive (How It Works and What Causes It to Crash)

Article 2: The Basics of Modern Hard Drive Disk Failures

Article 3: Hard Drive Mechanical Arm Failures 101

Article 4: How Hard Drives Save and Retrieve Your Files

Article 5: Hard Drive Printed Circuit Boards and Data Recovery Explained

Article 6: An Intro to Internal Hard Drive to PC Connections

Article 7: External Hard Drives and Data Recovery

Clicks, scratching or grinding noises, low and degrading disk RPMs, popping sounds, computer freezes, oh my! Oftentimes the first signs of hard drive trouble come about as a result of the mechanical arm and the components that make it possible for it to do its job.

up close view of a hard drive mechanical arm and head

Actuators are there to move the arm, the central spindle spins the platter so the read-write head can access/imprint data while the small spindle makes it possible to swing back and forth. Then of course you have voice coils, bearings, and motors involved as well.

So many things can go wrong! As one issue crops up, it can cause another due to the synergistic nature of the way the mechanical arm fits into the “hard drive puzzle” if you will. But as mentioned, lets take a brief look at the three most common failures we deal with as data recovery experts.

3 Sure Signs of Mechanical Hard Drive Issues

  1. Platter Contact: Uh oh, you dropped your external hard drive or mobile device now it’s acting funny? It’s begun making sounds? Maybe the platter has been knocked off kilter or the spindle motor is damaged, but whatever the scenario it’s caused the frail read-write head to crash into the platter. In this case disk damage can range from minor to catastrophic and unrecoverable.
  2. Improper Data Reading: Wait a minute, why are files suddenly disappearing? Are entire sectors of data being skipped over? Perhaps the File Allocation Table has been destroyed, or maybe platter alignment is off and they’re clashing. Or, it could be that improper venting is causing too much heat and plates are spoiling.
  3. Disk Platter Dents: When platters, or hard drive disks (HDD) are distorted, dented, or bent in some way, yes, they become essentially unreadable for the mechanical arm’s read-write head. Even tiny misalignments can wreak havoc leading to a full hard drive crash, or at a bare minimum completely destroy data in certain sectors if you continue to try and use the hard drive once these things occur.

For almost all these cases, we have the tools to extract and recover data from hard drives that have suffered extensive mechanical damage. But, to be frank, some people get lucky and discover that despite a bent disk for example, their most important data wasn’t harmed. It’s all quite situational.

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Article 2: The Basics of Modern Hard Drive Disk Failures

In this second article of the VitalTech hard drive and data recovery blog series, we’re going to look at hard drive disks (HDD) along with how and why they tend to fail.

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Article 1: Your Hard Drive (How It Works and What Causes It to Crash)

Article 2: The Basics of Modern Hard Drive Disk Failures

Article 3: Hard Drive Mechanical Arm Failures 101

Article 4: How Hard Drives Save and Retrieve Your Files

Article 5: Hard Drive Printed Circuit Boards and Data Recovery Explained

Article 6: An Intro to Internal Hard Drive to PC Connections

Article 7: External Hard Drives and Data Recovery

And when has an HDD failed? When damage or a malfunction has made it impossible or much harder than it should be for your hard drive to properly access stored data magnetically imprinted on the disk platter.

backside of a 3.5inch hard drive

Commonly a hard disk failure will make it impossible for you to boot up from your computer because the needed data to perform this action cannot be properly retrieved. If you don’t need the data on the drive then you can get by with simply replacing the drive and reloading the operating system.

On the other hand, if you need the data then you’ve run into a problem. That said, let’s take a look at the typical reasons your HDD will fail or cause serious problems.

The 3 Common Reasons Hard Drive Disks Fail

  1. Physical Contamination: Despite the fact HDDs are encased in the hard drive housing, over time or for other potential reasons dust and particles of debris can collect. If they land on the platters, they can cause the read/write head to degrade or scratch the data platter.
  2. Mechanical Arm Issues: If the mechanical arm fails, or you drop your external drive, or you experience the ever-common “head crash” where the read-write arm clashes into the platter and scratches it causing bumps upon a flat surface. As the new heads are installed, they will grind down against the bumps and deteriorate. Some repairs call for multiple head swaps for this reason.
  3. Motor Seizures: Sometimes the motor that spins the disk weakens, breaks down, or gets damaged. This is the most difficult hard drive repair to perform because it often requires a full platter transplant to a new drive with a healthy motor. Not only do the platters need to be moved very carefully but they must stay in PERFECT alignment. How do you keep them aligned if so much as touching them can destroy them?

Common signs to look for are strange mechanical sounds or sounds that tell you a motor is whirring down. There’s also a common clicking sound which is caused by the read-write head at the end of the mechanical arm continuously experiencing and recovering from an error, perhaps caused by debris.

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Article 1: Your Hard Drive (How It Works and What Causes It to Crash)

In this first article of the VitalTech hard drive data recovery blog series, we’ll look at what a hard drive is, how they work, and the most common reasons why they fail.

While many could argue hard drives make the contemporary world go around, relatively few people who depend on them actually understand what they are or how they do what they do for us. So let’s take a look.

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Article 1: Your Hard Drive (How It Works and What Causes It to Crash)

Article 2: The Basics of Modern Hard Drive Disk Failures

Article 3: Hard Drive Mechanical Arm Failures 101

Article 4: How Hard Drives Save and Retrieve Your Files

Article 5: Hard Drive Printed Circuit Boards and Data Recovery Explained

Article 6: An Intro to Internal Hard Drive to PC Connections

Article 7: External Hard Drives and Data Recovery

The 9 Basic Components of a Hard Drive

Okay, so let’s take a look at this picture of a typical hard drive and briefly go through each of the components that make it work. Exposing the drive’s innards to the open air is a death sentence for the data. Luckily, the data has already been salvaged from this drive.

inside of a hard drive with each part labelled

  1. The Actuator: This is a mechanical component driven by electromagnets, or voice coils, that moves the read-write arm.
  2. The Read-Write Arm: This is what swings across the magnetic platter to store and retrieve your data.
  3. The Central Spindle: This is what rotates the magnetic platter in a clockwise motion.
  4. The Magnetic Platter: This is the central disk-looking platter that stores data using binary magnetism, quite the engineering wonder.
  5. Internal Connections: These connect the hard drive to and communicate with the circuit board.
  6. The Read-Write Head: This is the itsy-bitsy little magnet on the underside-tip of the read-write arm that creates the binary coding on the platter and retrieves data.
  7. Underside Controls: This is the part of the hard drive that regulates how data flows to and from the magnetic platter.
  8. The Data Connector: This connector transports data bits from the circuit board to the read-write head and then onto the platter.
  9. The Small Spindle: This is what makes it possible for the read-write arm to move across the magnetic platter.

So in essence, just by looking at the components, you can see hard drives function through magnetically imprinting on and reading/retrieving data from the central magnetic platter. Again, all data is stored on this platter through magnetic binary code – 0’s and 1’s.

Obviously there’s tons more involved and it can get rather complex when talking about the relationships between your hard drive and PC experience, but for now you’ve got the foundational basics of hard drive science. We’ll look at many of these components with more depth throughout the blog series.

The 5 Most Common Reasons Hard Drives Crash

Now let’s look at the typical reasons VitalTech is called in to perform a variety of PC hard drive and external hard drive data recovery services.

  1. Wear & Tear: Regardless of what a wonder of minimalism-tech they are, and no matter how well they’re maintained, hard drives break down over time. Modern manufacturers have done a fabulous job increasing overall Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) but a crash will happen eventually.
  2. Component Malfunctions: Referring to components being defective through no fault of the PC owner. With endless amounts of hard drives and their components coming off the product lines on a daily basis around the world, these malfunctions happen as well – par for the digital course.
  3. Lack of Upkeep: In some PCs, like desktops for example, dust and debris collects and will eventually break down hard drives from the inside, especially the air filter in charge of maintaining optimal atmospheric pressure.
  4. A Head Crash: According to Wikipedia, head crashes are the most “notorious” cause of hard drive failure. This occurs when the read-and-write head at the end of the mechanical arm touches the platter, scratches the disk, or fails in other ways and clashes into it.
  5. Logical Damage: Now we’re talking viruses and malware, data corruption, and then of course human errors which damage hard drive file structures or software.

Pretty easy to understand right? Not as much technological hocus pocus as you may have expected? After the hard drive crash or when there’s a serious data issue, the first thing that’s required is a professional diagnostic (which we provide to our customers for free). Then the necessary steps are taken which can range from quick and easy to advanced recoveries and mechanical hard drive surgery.

In the next article we’ll look at hard drive disks and the role they play and you’ll learn more about your data as you move along through the blog series.

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The VitalTech Hard Drive Data Recovery Blog Series

As a leading computer repair and data recovery company based in Rockville, Maryland, VitalTech understands how important your PC is to you and the role your data plays in your life. This understanding inspired us to create an educational blog series that empowers you as a modern tech consumer.

While cloud-based data backup solutions are continually gaining relevancy, there are still countless home and business computers and data storage devices that contain valuable information. Tons of personal and business data isn’t being put on the cloud, for a variety of reasons.

Hard drives break down. They can be injured.

This stuff happens and requires anything from data transfers and advanced data recovery to mechanical recovery. Through this data recovery blog series, you’ll become much more informed and let’s face it, these days a basic understanding of all this stuff is increasingly becoming a necessity.

Enjoy!

Data Recovery Blog Series Layout

Note: Each title within the outline below is hyperlinked to the corresponding article in the series and vice versa so you can easily move around and get to the information that interests you most.

#1: Your Hard Drive (How It Works and What Causes It to Crash)

In this introductory blog of the series we’ll break down what a hard drive is in simple terms, explain the basics of how a hard drive works, and then investigate common reasons they fail.

#2: The Basics of Modern Hard Drive Disk Failures

After describing what hard drive disks (HDD) are and how they function in your life, we’ll look at the typical reasons we’re called in by our customers – physical contamination from dust and debris, mechanical arm crashes or scratched platters, and motor seizures.

#3: Hard Drive Mechanical Arm Failures 101

We’ll look at each component connected to the hard drive mechanical arm and go through the common issues you may face that can include unexpected contact with disk platters (scratching), reading wrong areas, and degrading when reading over a dent in disk platter at 5400rpm or more.

#4: How Hard Drives Save and Retrieve Your Files

For this part of the series we’re going to cover the basics of hard drive file saving and retrieving to give you a better understanding of how it works and how easily files can get lost or corrupted.

#5: Hard Drive Printed Circuit Boards and Data Recovery Explained

In this article we’ll tackle the hard drive printed circuit board, or PCB, so you can see how it controls power and firmware. And why replacements have to be very specific, the same version, from the same factory of manufacturer and within 1-2 weeks of each other.

#6: An Intro to Internal Hard Drive to PC Connections

For our 6th article we’ll cover the common internal connections between hard drives and PCs and then talk a little about the typical issues you can encounter when they experience some sort of a problem.

#7: External Drives & Data Recovery

In our final article of the series we’ll look at external hard drives so you have a better idea of what’s out there, what’s involved in data recovery, and what to do if your external drive has been damaged, typically from being dropped.

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That’s a great question to ask if you are considering upgrading your system. A fresh Operating System may sometimes offer a boost in speed, reliability and new features to explore. With a little bit of research, upgrading to a newer operating system can be a easy painless process. But first, you need to know where you stand!

Over the past 10 years Microsoft has jumped from the quirky Windows Vista to the stable Windows 7 and pushed the envelope (a little too far maybe?) with Windows 8 followed shortly by its fix 8.1, then ultimately offered the grand release last year of Windows 10. The newest darling of the pc world, Microsoft made headlines worldwide last year by offering Windows 10 to everyone as a free upgrade. Great news for anyone who remembers the long lines years ago waiting to purchase the latest Microsoft OS. While you may not be running Windows 10 yet, with consistent pop-ups from Microsoft urging you to make that leap it is good to know what you have before you take the plunge.

windows background image

The easiest way to determine which version of Windows you are running would be to check labeling that may be present on the outside of your unit. Typically placed on the sides or bottom cover of the pc you may find a Microsoft branded sticker marking which version of Windows you may currently have. Keep in mind, this may not always be accurate particularly if you received the unit second hand, the operating system may have been up or down graded.

start menu right click computer

If there isn’t any labeling or you can still get confirmation of which OS you have by first going to the start menu in the lower left corner (If you do not have this, chances are you are probably running Windows 8 or 8.1) and navigate to the header marked Computer. Right clicking on Computer will bring up a box which will include the word Properties click on this box and it will bring you to a system information page which will give you great information about your PC such as which version of the OS you are running, whether it is 32 or 64 bit, how much RAM your system has, and which processor is being used.

After you have settled the issue of what Operating System you are using, the next thing you must do before upgrading will be to go to your PC manufacturers website to check for any compatibility issues with the new Operating System. Units running on XP and Vista may be able to handle an upgrade to Windows 7 but will probably not be able to handle 8, 8.1 or 10. Units on 7 may be up-gradable to 8 or 8.1 but may not be able to make the change to 10. This is because of very specific driver related issues. Keep in mind, moving forward with an upgrade on a system that is not compatible may result in data loss. We can not stress enough how important it is to check if your manufacturer has created drivers for your particular unit to work with the new OS you want. Microsoft is not going to check for you, and will not cover you if you fail to do your own due diligence.

If all looks good feel free to move forward with an upgrade, or if you are still not for sure reach out to a professional computer technician. We are more then happy to check compatibility, load your chosen Operating System as well as any drivers to help your unit run fast and efficient.

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In this article we’ll talk candidly about the lurking dangers of a dirty desktop and why it’s important to maintain minimal tower dust, otherwise you risk your computer’s performance and losing all your hard earned data.

Um, was your desktop located next to a fireplace?”

This is the last thing you want to be asked by the computer repair guy after he’s checked out your desktop then given you the callback. And, by the way, if your desktop does happen to be located by a fireplace…MOVE IT!

Problem is, these days a fair amount of desktop users simply do not clean their towers or bother to maintain their computer’s innards, mainly due to a non-techy fear of “messing” with it. So for years the complex just sits there, fans blowing away, while layer upon layer of dust collects around the power supply, sound/video cards, heatsinks, memory sticks, and all else.

Desktop towers are designed to suck in fresh air that continually dissipates heat and keeps the temperature cool. This is especially the case with fans, but like any house fan they get dirty…real dirty.

Difference is, these fans are out of sight, and out of sight out of mind.

Eventually this desktop-debris builds to a point where it begins slowing down performance, causing crashes, and increasing pressure on fans which can lead to a blow out if left unchecked.

Sorry, but because I can’t warranty my work I can’t help you with your desktop.”

Yep, when the desktop eventually breaks down or a card goes kaput, many smaller home computer repair shops will refuse to work on or even clean it. They can’t warranty their wading through the sludge. So that $1200 gaming desktop that should easily last a decade will be lucky to struggle through maybe 2-4 years if not correctly maintained.

That being said…

3 Tips to Maintaining a Clean Desktop

Without going overboard here let’s briefly talk about three specific ways you can make maintaining your desktop 1000 times easier, and if things go south, where to turn.

#1: Measure Your Computers Performance Over Time

You can find all kinds of free tools, apps, and software that act as a Desktop CPU meter and keep tabs on your computer’s data processing speed along with other important metrics like ram usage and core temperature. Most allow you to set up alerts and reminders so you don’t neglect your desktop if it’s showing signs of dusty-distress.

#2: Invest in some Desk Cleaning Accessories

All desktop users should have at least one can of compressed air to occasionally and safely clean things up a bit (be sure to do this in a well ventilated area), as well as microfiber cloth to get rid of dust vs. other types of cloth which will leave their own fibers laying around. Consider investing in a desktop cleaning kit that provides all the goodies at a reasonable price!

#3: If Things Go Bad, Consult True Computer Technicians

If you’ve let your computer gather debris for too long and it looks like a tech-jungle in there, don’t hesitate to reach out to seasoned professionals for desktop computer service that go far above and beyond your average local computer repair shop. We’re here around the clock if you need us.

 

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Are you excited? Me too! The countdown is on for the big Windows 10 release and it looks like Microsoft really listened to their customers this time. Steering clear of the failure that was Windows 8 and the so called improvement that was 8.1, the designers have brought their A game this time, bringing back the beloved start menu, a new browser (Good riddance Explorer!), and the introduction of the Sultry Cortana, your new virtual personal assistant. Making the transition from directing survivors in Halo to keeping track of your appointments Cortana adds a little adventure to scheduling that next dental visit. Gone are the days when an Operating System just managed your programs. Windows 10 is going to be the cool kids table, and with free upgrades for all Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users for a whole year (listen up procrastinators) you now have your golden ticket.

windows 10 start menu
The normal windows start menu is back.

In addition to the basic system, Windows 10 will offer an interactive environment where you can get it in on a little Xbox action and whether you prefer classic games like solitaire, or you’re ready to crush a little candy Windows 10 has something for you! With a seamless integration between phone, tablet to pc, it seems Windows 10 will offer the flexibility needed without sacrificing functionality. Couple that with the not so hush-hush buzz about Hololens its clear to see we are indeed stepping into a bright innovative future. As the summer quickly approaches, and each day brings us closer to the release date, check in frequently with your local tech shops who will no doubt be ready purge your system of the dreadful 8 and get you a fresh start in this new world.