Metro

Do you take good care of your laptop?

  • Written by Sharon Lee

Computers are becoming the lifeblood of modern life. We work on them, stay connected to others, and get entertainment from them. How much we depend on our laptops makes it all the more important to care for them. Proper care can make a lot a difference in the laptop’s performance and lifespan.

Want to know how you weigh up to this? Here are a few tips for laptop care that you can check off to see how well you take care of your device.


You run diagnostics from time to time

Most people don’t know that their laptops have built-in diagnostic tools at the ready. You don’t need to download and install an app for a quick checkup on your laptop’s hardware. This tool is commonly known as pre-boot diagnostics, or Apple Diagnostics for Mac users. It is a basic hardware testing tool that can help you find possible faults in parts like the hard drive, battery, or RAM. As a “pre-boot” tool, all you need to do is press a specific key to trigger it when your laptop is booting up. This key is specific to each laptop’s brand, so we have “F12” for Dell, “Esc” for HP, and “D” for Apple.

Running hardware diagnostics is a great habit to keep, just to keep you prepared for any issues that could be caused by hardware faults. With this tool, you might be able to catch problems early on, before it creates serious issues for you. You’d be saving yourself from the trouble of a total computer crash or hard drive failure.

If you do run hardware diagnostics, say every few months, great! Hardware failures are sometimes misunderstood, as people don’t expect them to fail as often as they do. So the fact that your laptop may fall to some issue that you can detect early on is definitely something to keep in mind.

You update drivers and OS when available

Hardware drivers are what helps each part of the computer communicate with the operating system (OS)  so everything works well together. They are groups of files that give directions to each device on the laptop. To make sure your hardware works smoothly, you should update the drivers whenever you can. 

It only takes a few seconds to download and install these updates, so this is a pretty easy way to take care of your laptop. Driver updates can help to improve the performance of devices, resolve software issues, and keep your laptop working like a well-oiled machine (figuratively, of course).

Enabling auto-download of OS updates is also a great way to keep your laptop in shape. Both Microsoft and Apple issue these updates to fix general issues and bugs with their software from time to time. If you’d rather not be disturbed by sudden auto-restarts from these updates, you can turn on auto-install. Your laptop will still download the updates whenever available, but you can choose when to install and restart the laptop.

You let your laptop breathe properly

This makes it sound like a laptop is a living, breathing thing, but in a way, it kind of is. Your laptop has vents on its side or bottom, and that’s where heat is dispersed. Heat generated by the processors pass through the heat sink and the fans, so the interior of the laptop is kept cool. This prevents overheating and the troubles that can come with it. Fan and motherboard failures are both things that you definitely want to avoid.

Without proper ventilation, trapped heat can affect the performance of your laptop and certainly damage your hardware. If you use your laptop on solid and flat surfaces, you’re doing the right thing. This simple habit helps to steer clear of some preventable issues.

Fabric surfaces like beds and sofas might not be the best thing for your laptop’s temperature control. It could put more pressure on its fan system and lead to the fan’s malfunction. Things like cooling stands or extra fans could also be a sound investment for users of laptops with high processing power.

You clean your laptop

Keeping your laptop clean is also an essential part to preventing overheating. It also keeps out any crumbs or dust from jamming up your keyboard. The dust inside your laptop can trap heat, which makes things harder for the fan to maintain the laptop’s temperature. So it might be a good idea to clean your laptop and bust the dust.

Cleaning your laptop is a solid laptop care method, but make sure you’re doing it at the right time and the right way. Only use alcohol-based cleaning solutions when you’re cleaning your laptop. This gets rid of any moisture that can harm your laptop. You may also want to use a lint-free cloth or brush too.

As for when to clean your laptop, we don’t recommend opening up your laptop too many times, as this could create more problems. The more you open up a laptop, the higher the chance of hardware issues. You might accidentally dislodge or loosen something you don’t mean to, and not know how to fix it. Cleaning your laptop one or two times in a year should do the trick.


You shutdown the laptop properly between each use

Many people naturally just shut the lid of the laptop when they’re done with it, but this actually isn’t enough. Sure, it’s quite convenient for users to have their laptops ready once they open it up again. The laptop merely goes to sleep and all the data stored in its RAM is still there. Background processes may also clog up your system. Once the laptop is properly shut off, all this cached data is reset for the next time you use it. This gives the memory a clean slate, for smoother performance.

It’s the same logic for the “have you tried turning it on and off again?” line from IT support. Properly turning on and off a computer can solve a number of soft issues and refresh the system. And it only adds a few seconds to your daily routine. Make sure you’re also shutting it only properly from the system interface. Don’t force it by holding down the power button until it shuts off. This could hurt your hard drive.

You back up your data regularly

This isn’t necessarily a laptop care tip, but it’s still a computing habit that we recommend. Your important personal data and files should be kept safe in case of inevitable events like hard drive failure, crashes, or liquid spills. Consider backing up your data to a secondary storage location to prevent irreversible data loss. Hard drives have a lifespan of roughly 3-5 years, and they do start to show symptoms of failure after a few years. This includes data corruption or data loss, which is a pretty tricky situation to get out of.

So you already have a backup on an external hard drive, great! Why not set up another one on a cloud-storage service, the more the better. Storing your data on multiple secure locations would be a great way to keep your files safe whenever you need them.

If you do practise all of these to take care of your laptop, good job! Carry on with taking care of your laptop and you should be able to enjoy your smooth computing experience. If not, consider some of these tips and try to adapt some of them in your routine. You’ll surely feel the difference.



Sharon Lee is a content writer at Safemode Computer Service in Sydney, Australia

Entertainment News

Ny’a: My Musical Journey

It’s been such an amazing musical journey. Starting my career in the late 1990’s and selling over 500,000 copies of my debut album “Embrace” worldwide was the beginning of it all.  It was an incredible start of my career. It was a whirlwind for m...

Ny’a - avatar Ny’a

Pro Tips for Gambling Online

While online gambling sounds like an entertaining thing to spend your afternoons playing, it is also serious business for professional players. Those that take gambling seriously know all the tips and tricks that make a good game. Not only do the...

News Co - avatar News Co

The New Art: Balancing Human and Synth in Music Creation

It’s a great time to be alive for indie music makers! There are many of us, maybe including you, who are creating good music out there, armed with nothing but our own ingenuity and the few dollars in our shallow pockets. But what’s the best way to ...

Angela Predhomme - avatar Angela Predhomme

An unstoppable force in indie R&B music since her re-emergence in 2015, Ny’a releases “Waiting”

An unstoppable force in indie R&B music since her re-emergence in 2015, Ny’a has topped the World Indie and Euro Indie Charts countless times, hit the R&B Soul Chart and Club Music Chart Top 20 and became the first artist since Janet Jack...

News Co - avatar News Co

An Aussie Band Breaks Into The US Music Market

AN AUSTRALIAN BAND’S STEPS TAKEN TRYING TO BREAK INTO THE US MARKET By skinsNbones The steps skinsNbones have taken as a band trying to break into the music market haven’t been taken in the traditional Australian way. We didn’t have the opportun...

News Co Media - avatar News Co Media

KENNY BLACK , STEPHEN WRENCH AND SHIMMER JOHNSON Release “Good Ole Love”

After a difficult year fraught with fear, anxiety and personal and sociopolitical struggles, nothing has the power to soothe our collective souls – or coincides as perfectly with our renewed sense of hope – than a heartfelt, blissfully beautiful love...

News Co Media - avatar News Co Media

Metropolitan Business News

Essential Tips for Developing Corporate Websites

The corporate industry, just like the others, is experiencing a massive technological revolution. Organizations have changed their marketing criteria by embracing the internet. Therefore, do not be ...

News Co - avatar News Co

How to Make a Personal Injury Claim for Minors

As a parent, you want to make sure your child is always safe. But as much as you want to keep him under your watch, it is impossible to be there for him all the time. When he is out there attendin...

News Co - avatar News Co

Dress for Success - Style Essentials for Every Businessmen

Did you ever glance at a person in passing and instantly think, “Wow, they must be successful”? It seems like the rich and successful people always stand out from the crowd without even trying, ...

Diana Smith - avatar Diana Smith

Why use Google Adwords?

Google ads, previously known as Google AdWords is one of the best and most effective ways to advertise your business online. According to data released by Google, over 5.5 billion searches are made ...

News Co Media - avatar News Co Media

Perfecting Web Design For A Health-Based Website

These days, when it comes to understanding what we put into our bodies, we are more focused than ever. It seems that everywhere we look, there is another health benefit, product, or trend on the...

News Co Media - avatar News Co Media

3 Realistic Reasons Why Physical Offices Are (Almost) Dead

Nowadays, more and more businesses are trying to find alternatives to traditional offices. For many years, brick and mortar offices have been at the heart of a company’s life. But work environme...

News Co Media - avatar News Co Media

Writers Wanted


News Co Media

Content & Technology Connecting Global Audiences

More Information - Less Opinion