How to Maintain Your Laptop

What if you’re in the middle of an important meeting or a classroom and you find, to your horror that your laptop is not working. This can be a nightmarish situation because you can no longer give a presentation and you don’t even know if your data is still safe.

Laptops have become a vital part of our daily lives. But how often you think about tuning up your laptop? Most probably, you don’t think about maintaining your laptop until an emergency occurs. Laptops are more likely to get damaged than a desktop PC and once damaged it’s harder and costly to repair laptops. So to avoid the risk of damaging your laptop and losing your important data, it’s necessary to keep your device in top shape.

When it comes to maintaining your desktop or laptop computer, there are two sides of maintenance- hardware and software. To keep your system running at peak speed and prevent data loss scenarios, you need to maintain both hardware and software of your laptop. Here are some useful tips to help you retain the health of your laptop.

Use the Right Charging Technique

When it comes to charging your laptop, you may find different advice. To keep your laptop in good shape, maintaining its battery is crucial. If you want to get the most out of your laptop battery, don’t leave it plugged in all the time. Ideally, you should keep charging between 40% and 80%. If you’re using the newer-generation lithium batteries, don’t let it get discharged below 40%. Besides this, you may also activate the battery saver and Eco mode for optimum battery usage. If you want to achieve even better efficiency, you can adjust settings to reduce power consumption and shut down unwanted apps and processes.

Keep It Clean

Your laptop can survive without cleaning but it’s a good practice to keep it dust-free. You should make sure that the keyboard and screen are clean. To remove all the dust and dirt, you need to first shut down the system. Take a dry, microfiber cloth and gently clean the body of your laptop in circular motions. If dust and crumbs are settled inside the keyboard, carefully turn the open laptop upside-down and cautiously tap on the back so that it can fall out. You may also use a can of compressed air to blow out dust particles from minute corners. For cleaning the screen, spray a safe cleaning solution onto the microfiber cloth and then wipe the screen. Make sure you never use alcohol or ammonia-based cleaners on your laptop screen.

Upgrade Components

You may tune up your laptop for more efficient use of power. If you want to prevent system failure, you need to maintain the hard drive of your laptop. One option is regularly defragmenting your hard drive to make data retrieval efficient. Another option is to upgrade your hard drive. Before your hard drive completes its lifespan, it’s better to replace it. You may also upgrade to an SSD to store data and deliver faster performance.