Avoid sharp movements during use: While some newer laptops have an SSD drive with no moving parts, many laptops still have mechanical drives which work a bit like a record player. Mechanical hard drives have 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.
Keep it cool: Your laptop has two sure ways of telling you when it’s too hot - the fan and auto-shut off. Each component in your laptop is generating heat, and the harder it’s working, the more heat each creates. The fan runs to blow that heat out the vent and keep the components cool enough to continue operating. Because there’s no clear temperature indicator, your fan volume is the best guide to monitoring laptop heat. While the laptop is working hard (and getting hot), the fan will spin faster and louder. It’s not uncommon for it to sound like a hair dryer at times! Help it out by keeping your fan vent clear of books, blankets, and other blockages. Consider using a laptop cooling pad, or even a hard surface like a book to keep the bottom vents clear. You should also occasionally use a can of compressed air to clean dust out of the fan and vents.
Respect the cords: Inside those robust looking power cords are a bunch of delicate wires, begging you to be gentle. You’d think they should be able to take a beating, get bent, twisted and run over with chair wheels, but unfortunately not. Keep cords clear of sharp or flat-edged items, and when wrapping for transport try to mimic how it came out of the box. Wrap the cord gently around itself or the power adapter and secure with Velcro. You should also make sure to unplug your laptop during transport. Leaving the cord plugged in causes tremendous strain on the connection, often causing it to break. If your laptop won’t charge without wiggling the cord, you may need a new receptacle, power cord, or both.
Carry it in padded style: Look for a bag that not only fits your laptop but also provides padding. Your system will endure countless bumps and bangs as the bag is moved around, even with careful use. Keep the power cord in a separate compartment or pocket during transport. Ideally your bag will have bottom, side, and top padding, as well as a waterproof outer layer. If backpacks or briefcases aren’t your style, look for padded or hard-shelled sleeves.
Mind the hinge: A laptop may look like a binder but it’s not! Don’t place pens or other objects in your laptop, even paper can place extra stress on your hinges. If your screen seems to be loose, don’t ignore it! A loose hinge places extra stress on the mounting points that are molded into the frame. If the mounts break, the only repair is to replace the bottom frame. We can tighten those screws and save you more expensive repairs own the road!
Back it up: Laptops give us fantastic mobility but as mentioned above they’re quite fragile. While a backup won’t make your laptop components last longer, it will make minor repairs that much easier. You’re more likely to take it in for a service if your data is accessible elsewhere, and of course, in the event of accident or theft, you’re fully prepared. Consider an off-site backup for additional protection, so no matter what happens with your laptop you still have your important files.
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