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7 Laptop Maintenance Tips That Will Extend Its Life Expectancy

Whether you use your laptop for work, for fun, or both, there’s nothing more frustrating than having it break down on you.

In a perfect world, your laptop would last you several years without any issues (the average lifespan is five years or more). But, if you’re not taking proper care to maintain it, you’ll likely end up experiencing the dreaded crash sooner than you’d like.

Laptop maintenance might seem difficult, there are lots of steps that anyone can take to keep their laptop in good working order. Read on to learn about seven important maintenance tips that you can start implementing today.

Why Does Laptop Maintenance Matter?

The more work you put into maintaining your laptop, the longer it’ll last. But, that’s not the only benefit that comes from prioritizing laptop maintenance.

Some other reasons to stay on top of your laptop maintenance include:

  • Save money on repairs and replacements
  • Maintain a sense of security and protect your laptop from viruses and malware
  • Keep your laptop speed as fast as possible
  • Maximize software efficiency

When you maintain it properly, you’ll not only ensure that your laptop runs for a long time. You’ll also be able to keep it running efficiently, and you’ll be able to feel confident in its ability to get projects done without any complications.

Seven Steps to Maintaining Your Laptop

Okay, you can see that laptop maintenance is important. But, what steps should you take to actually maintain your laptop?

The following steps are essential for all laptop owners who want to keep their device in good shape:

1. Clean Your Hard Drive

One of the most important steps you can take to maintain your laptop is to make sure you’re cleaning your hard drive once a month. This is especially important if you’re using your laptop for work.

You’d be amazed at how many files and photos can get saved on your hard drive in just a month’s time.

Take some time each month to go through these files and figure out which ones to delete and which ones to back up on an external drive. This will help prevent hard drive failure and keep your laptop running as efficiently as possible.

2. Defrag Your Hard Drive

Defragging your hard drive is another important step that will keep your laptop running efficiently. Defragging involves rearranging fragmented data on your device so that it’s easier to read.

You should defrag your hard drive once per month to help programs run quickly and make better use of space on your hard drive.

By doing this, you’ll experience fewer freeze ups and software crashes, too.

There are lots of software options that will defrag your hard drive for you. If you have a solid-state drive (also known as SSD), then you don’t need to worry about defragging.

3. Keep Your Laptop Body Clean

In addition to keeping things clean on the inside, it’s also important to keep the outside of your laptop clean.

This helps prevent overheating and will keep dust from building up inside the fans and exposed ports.

You should also keep your screen clean so that you can view data clearly without straining your eyes.

Use a can of compressed air to get rid of stubborn dirt, and clean the exterior and screen with a microfiber cloth. Only use cleaning products that are designed specifically for laptops.

4. Perform a Full Back-Up Regularly

Once a month, perform a full back-up on your laptop to prevent data loss. The best backup system will vary depending on the type of laptop you have.

If you’re not sure where to turn when it comes to backing up your laptop, you can always talk to a professional at a repair shop. They’ll help you choose the best option for your needs.

5. Keep Your Software Updated

Are you guilty of ignoring software updates when they pop up on your screen? You’re not the only one. But, ignoring these updates can put your computer at risk.

Not only will your computer run less efficiently when you neglect your software updates, but you’ll also put it at risk for viruses and make it more vulnerable to hackers.

Ideally, you’d perform updates as soon as they become available. But, if this is irritating for you, set aside time once a month to install all your new updates at once.

6. Avoid Extreme Temperatures

A lot of laptop issues can be avoided if you make a concentrated effort to avoid extreme temperatures while using it. High heat or very low temperatures can hinder its ability to run efficiently.

When you’re coming in from a cold day outside, give it time to reach room temperature before turning it on. Do the same when you’re coming in from a very hot day so that it has a chance to cool down.

Be sure to avoid setting your laptop on pillows, blankets, or other non-flat surfaces, too. This will help prevent overheating.

7. Transport it with Care

Finally, make sure you’re transporting your laptop properly. Use a high-quality laptop case that provides cushion and protection from other items in your bag. Don’t store anything on top of your laptop, either.

Remember, too, that just because your laptop is a portable device, that doesn’t mean it needs to go everywhere with you.

Carrying your laptop with you into the bathtub or onto a sandy beach is a recipe for disaster.

Only use your laptop in clean spaces where it’s not at risk of damage. No matter how important your project is, it can wait until your laptop is out of harm’s way!

Need Help With Laptop Maintenance?

Many of these laptop maintenance tips can be completed on your own at home. But, sometimes, you also need help from a professional, especially when it comes to repairs or part replacements.

If you need some help maintaining your laptop and live in the northern Kentucky area, contact us at Community Computer Services today.

We offer a wide range of maintenance and repair services to extend your laptop’s lifespan and keep it functioning properly.

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OriMaster 261
18:27 08 Jan 20
Very nice and helpful people, love the store atmosphere, and fair prices.... Overall a very pleasant experience!read more
Tracy cook
Tracy cook
00:29 03 Jan 20
So far, it hasn't been that great. I took a laptop in almost 2 weeks ago and... haven't heard back from them. When I went in to drop it off, it was like they were getting ready to go out of business. The young guy who took my laptop said he would call me and hasn't yet. I know that we have had 2 weeks of holidays, but other businesses are open again. He made sure he got my $45 first though. I'm surprised by all of this, because I've gotten great service when the father was there. In this guy's response, he says that he can't get a hold of me. What he fails to mention is that he wrote my number down wrong and didn't check his caller ID from when I called last Monday or when I left a message the week before. I left a message last week and he never called me back then either. When he did finally found my number, he chewed me out for everything. He never confirmed anything about the computer, yet acts like he did. So my number is not out of service, but I will not be a customer of theirs more
23:48 22 Oct 19
I went with a problem on my tablet and that is not something they are very... comfortable with but for computers that are used you should check it outread more
Carol Lyle
Carol Lyle
16:43 13 May 19
Am new to the area having problems with tower computer at the time. Was... advised to seek a locally owned business doing computer repair. I did and chose Community Computer Services in Alexandria, Ky. 41001. Did diagnostics as I was thinking problem with hard drive. Wasn't which was great price wise. Was able to clear out all viruses and malware. Saved my pictures and other personal folders and reloaded to computer. Also installed free virus and malware programs. Runs fast!! Also they gave me a week to use to see if incurred any problems. I did not!!! While taking care of tower computer explained how slow my laptop was. So brought it in. Was going to do diagnostics see what problem was. He told me it would be like a new computer. Advised me to use chrome. He saved my files and reloaded them so where I didn't lose anything. Also downloaded the free virus protection and malware. The laptop is brand new to me. It is fantastic!!!! So fast it has to wait on me. I would recommend anyone having computer problems to see Community Computer Services immediately. Very reasonable, courteous and explained things to me where I could understand. Excellent more
Sara housypart
Sara housypart
18:44 03 Apr 19
We took our mac into their store. It was running terrible. They were able to... make it run like it was new. I was surprised on how affordable it was. We will be going there from now on for all of our computer more
Steven Noble
Steven Noble
21:07 01 Apr 19
They did a great job fixing our laptops. We will be using them from now on.
Ryan Moore
Ryan Moore
23:45 31 Mar 19
We have used Community Computer Services for many years now. They do a great... job! The pricing is great as well. If you need a laptop or desktop repaired in Northern Kentucky, then these are your more
Piles Chevrolet
Piles Chevrolet
15:36 20 Feb 19
This is a great place to have your computer or laptop repaired. They are fast,... honest and stand behind their work. I wouldn't go any place else. I recommend everyone to use this company. They give you pricing right up front. D. Hensleyread more
Joe Geiman
Joe Geiman
03:30 25 Aug 18
Always had a great experience dealing with these guys. My computer is running... faster than it ever has after being repaired there. Would recommend them to more
Penelope Kolb
Penelope Kolb
15:03 22 Aug 18
Community Computer Services provides a great services at affordable prices.... Over the past 5 years I have had to replace lap top hardware and treat viruses. Every time the knowledgeable team at Community Computer Services has provided fast diagnostics with a menu of solutions for me to choose from. I highly recommend keeping your technology out of a landfill and going strong with the support of Community Computer more
B Bailey
B Bailey
01:20 22 Aug 18
I have received great service from these guys on more than one occasion. The... prices are excellent as well. They have taken very good care of me over the years. Thanks!read more
Daryl Mullins
Daryl Mullins
04:08 28 Jul 18
My computer quit working just as my wife was in the middle of using it for... Vacation Bible School last night. She was panicking. I began to look online and saw Community Computers near where I live. I checked the reviews and it had a great rating. I called this morning and explained my situation. I was told to bring my laptop in and he would see what he could do. When I took it in I also shared with him another issue I had been experiencing, my wireless connection was not working . He said he would really try to find out the issue so we would have it for Bible School. About 2 1/2 hours later he called to give the good news that the problem was just a bad cord. When picking it up he also told me he gave it a good checking over and tried to repair my non wireless connection for over an hour. He then told me instead of trying to go into the laptop to change a chip which could be costly, he sent me to Staples for a solution of a $30.00 wireless adapter. I was very impressed with my experience Community Computers. I would encourage anyone who has computer issues to check them out. You will not be disappointed. Also, the price I paid was very more
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