Nowadays, most engineering students and engineers have their own laptops. We can say that our laptops are one of the most important gadgets we own. After all, it helps us with our reports, designs, simulations, presentations and many more. A laptop can be very pricey as well. Once it crashes, it isn’t easy as 1-2-3 to get a replacement. So we have to learn to take care them.
Want to get the best out of your laptops? Here’s how you can prevent your working buddy from crashing before it’s due.
#1 Get a Solid State Drive
If your laptop is an old model which doesn’t use a Solid State Drive, get one. Using an SSD will not only boost your laptops performance, it will make your laptop more durable as well if you ever drop it. However if you’re on a tight budget, and don’t care much about the speed and performance of your laptop, you can keep your HDD.
#2 Don’t fill your laptop to its full capacity
Try to keep 5-10% of your drive free. Once you fill it up to its maximum capacity, your laptop is sure to slow down.
#3 Restore your laptop to its original state/factory settings once every year
Many of you might not be familiar with this, but this is important. Before you do this though, make sure you’ve backed up all your important files in an external hard drive, so your computer will be good as “new”.
#4 Run Updates
Yep, I know you hate this—but do it anyway. There are some updates that offer bug fixes which can improve your laptop speed. The best time to do this is during your sleeping time, do it overnight.
#5 Don’t leave your chargers on continuously
Who’s guilty? *raises hand* Yes, this is important too. If you keep your charger plugged eve when the battery is full, actually “kills” your battery. This is because electricity needs to flow, or keep moving. Only charge your laptops when your battery gets low.
#6 Keep them clean
Source: Life hack
A clean laptop is a happy laptop. Keep them covered and clean.
#7 Keep them cool
Any electronic gadget, including laptops work their best in cool areas. You laptop already generates heat when you use them. So if you use them in really hot areas, you may fry some of your computer parts like your graphics card. If possible, invest in a laptop cooling pad.
#8 Don’t treat it like a light switch
Turn your computer on/off only once a day. Continuously powering your laptop on and off stresses out your laptops components since you are constantly changing the temperature inside the computer system. When you continuously vary the temperature of the components, they contract and expand, thus stressing-out your system.