Tips to Extending Life of your Computer

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I am going to learn a lot from your personal experiences too, so drop a comment with your ideas as it might be of great help to others reading this blog -
Tip 1 -
Handling of laptop / computers comes on top of the list for me. You must carefully handle your laptop esp in which environments (hot sun) you use them. Dont keep it in hot rooms or accidentally take it out in the rains :). Avoid damaging your laptop by dropping the bag etc. I have seen in the past that these equipments do contain delicate parts and often can get damaged easily. It is always a pain post their damage to get them back to the best conditions.
Tip 2 -
Have a good power supply option at home / work. Often the surge in power supply can hurt the battery life and can bring components down too. So highly recommend to use an UPS with surge protector. The life of the the batteries is always governed by the usage and charging patterns. DONOT always keep your PC power connected. I have been using this laptop (Lenevo T61p) for close to an year and my battery still lasts for ~2.5 hrs and this is quite useful esp for folks like me who are on the move.
Be practical to what you do when you are on a Battery mode.
2.1 - Tasks such as multi-media (movies, games, listening to music etc) can heavily use power.
2.2 – Move to a lower brightness setting on laptops when under battery mode unless you are in a bright environment where you need to jack-up the brightness.
2.3 – Turn off your wireless and Bluetooth if you are not using them. These are heavy on power usage and can drain your batteries really quick.
2.4 – When in unused state, these days Vista/Win7 allows you to configure what the laptop must do. Highly recommend to move into Hibernate state so that it saves valuable power when you need them.
2.5 – Though I highlighted the charge/discharge mechanism, I have been charging at my office time and I just discharge it to almost draining situation (<10%) in the evenings. This gives the batteries longer life and your usage will make sure you use each part of the battery. I have seen people who have the same model as I do and their battery doesnt even last 1 hr.
Tip 3 -
Maintaining your HDD is one of the key aspect of extending the life of your Laptop. Defragment your drives atleast once a month to make contiguous free space in your system. I have been using TreeSize for a while now and keep a tap on who is using what space in my system. You are the boss and you better be in control of the same. As we are on this topic, I loved the new addition of defragmentation of ALL volumes in one shot using commandline utility with Windows 7. In your commandprompt type:
defrag /C /H /V
to defragment all your drives. Very handy utility. Also you can always use the Disk Cleanup utility from the drive properties to cleanup unused junk data. It can sometimes free-up tons of space.

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