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Breathing Life Into That Old Computer

An old computer tends to show its age. It can take forever to load up your web browser and not to mention the long boot up times. But there are steps you can take to breathe new life into an old computer. A word of caution: some of these methods involve opening up your desktop or laptop. If you are uncomfortable with this, please feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment.

Breathing Life Into That Old Computer

Dust and Overheating

A computer can run slow if it overheats. The best way to prevent this is to keep the vents clear and free of dust. Try to avoid smoking near a PC. This can cause dust to stick the blades of the fans and create a gunky substance that can be hard to clean.

Compressed air is the best way to clean out a dusty computer. This can be from canned duster or from an air compressor. Be sure to hold the fans as spinning them can cause damage to the fan and the system. NEVER use a household vacuum cleaner on bare electronics. The static generated by the vacuum cleaner can and will destroy electronics.

Rattling or slow moving fans can prevent airflow, which can cause it to overheat. If you notice any fans that are not working, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

Finally, the computer should be out in the open. Keeping it inside of a closet, entertainment center, or desk drawer can restrict the flow of cool air. This causes the computer to breathe in hot air and overheat components. In the case of a laptop, try to rest it on a flat, hard surface. If applicable, use a stand to raise the bottom of the laptop up, allowing airflow through the bottom vents.

Upgrading

Computer components will show their age. Some older components may actually be holding your machine back. Older computers may need to have components upgraded to working at 100%.

Hard drive

The hard drive stores all the data a computer needs. Accessing this data can take a long time as hard drives are slow and can have a hard time accessing data. Replacing the hard drive with an SSD, or Solid State Drive, can make your computer more responsive.

RAM

If the hard drive is the long-term memory, the RAM, or Random Access Memory, is the short-term memory. If a computer runs out of memory, a computer can crash and result in data loss. If you want to inquire about a RAM upgrade, please contact us.

Let The Professionals Do It

If you would like a professional opinion, please contact us. We will be able to leverage our years of professional experience to get you exactly where you need to be.

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Last year saw the introduction of the much-anticipated 8th-gen Core processors from Intel, and, with them, came robust 6-core data chomping systems and the monstrous Coffee Lake H-series for gaming. Gaming PCs were everywhere – from MSI to Dell – and they all were stuffed full of beastly, high-performance parts.

What Need to Know About Your Next Gaming PC

But 2019 is different. And those 7-10 pound behemoths that need to be plugged in after 2 hours and could double as bicep-building gym equipment are out. Thin is in, and now you have got to compete with the MSI stealth, the Razer Blade 15, and the Gigabyte Aero. So the only question that remains is when are you going to build your own?

Let the experts help you out and head on over to PC Geeks for the latest on custom gaming pcs, pre-builds, and more.  From gaming desktops that will keep you in the game to razor-thin laptops with more firepower than a land-to-air-missile, PC Geeks has got premium parts, custom pcs, and gaming computers on standby to meet your every need.

Getting Granular with Custom Gaming PC Builds

We are talking about high-performing parts like Core i7 and i9 processors, Nvidia GeForce and Radeon video cards, DDR3 and DDR4 RAM, SSD drives, and full-HD and 4k displays. Plus, find power supply replacement, liquid cooling units, and all sorts of equipment upgrades, and you can find it all here in one spot. Moreover, you will also find expert repair services, and the pros at PC Geeks are glad to talk to you about anything gaming computer related.

Don’t get burned by carrying around a behemoth that you can fry an egg on and needs to be plugged in after a few hours. Build the laptop of your dreams – because the best gaming pc out there is the one that you build. Find thin designs, all day long battery life, maximum firepower, and mobility at PC Geek today!

 

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Recovering Lost Data

Data loss happens to everybody. It doesn’t matter how well you back up your files or how thorough you think your failsafes are; you will eventually suffer data loss. The important thing then is to have a plan for how you will deal with this data loss once it inevitably occurs. These tips should help give you a decent head start to either get your data back or minimize the severity of the loss.

Recovering Lost Data

#1: System Restore Points

This is a basic feature but it is one that a great many computer users seem to overlook. If you have a system restore point from before the loss took place then there is a chance you can simply roll your system back to that restore point and save your data that way. While this may not save all of your data, it should help with minimizing the loss.

#2: Recovery Software

If your data has already been lost and you want to try and get it back, there are a number of different programs you can get which can potentially retrieve some lost files on your hard drive. Of course, this depends on how the files were lost but it is an option worth considering if the data was lost to software issues or hard drive failure rather than more natural calamities like lightning overloading your drive.

#3: Restore from a Backup

If you happen to have a backup of the lost data then getting your data back will be extremely easy as you can just port the lost files over from your backup. This is doubly true if you back up your files to the cloud because cloud backups can be a good deal more reliable than local ones since the company that owns the backup server is most likely going to have backups and redundancies of their own which will make restoring files from this kind of backup much easier.

For more help recovering your lost data or preparing yourself so that your next data loss incident is not quite so severe contact us today!