Spring Cleaning: 3 Computer Maintenance Tasks To Take Care Of This Spring

May 1, 2011

in Tech

Is anyone else as excited as I am that spring is here (or, depending on where you live, on its way)? Along with any other spring cleaning tasks you may have on your list of things to do at this time of year, this is as good a time as ever to do some routine clean up and maintenance on your computer. Here are 3 fairly easy tasks to take care of this spring that can go a long way towards maintaining your computer’s performance and efficiency:

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Back up your files

Backing up your computer data regularly is very important. Having a recent backup of your files is essential in the unfortunate event that your computer crashes, or becomes infected with a particularly harmful virus, or if an important file is accidently lost or deleted. Backing up your computer simply entails copying the files onto an external disc or hard drive, so that you have them saved and ready to restore should you ever need to.

How to back up your files:

There are a few different ways to back up your files -

Free up disk space

Freeing up space on your computer’s hard disk can improve the performance of your computer by helping it to run faster and more efficiently.

How to free up disk space:

 

Defragment your hard drive

Your computer’s operating system places files and programs on a hard drive wherever there is space, so one file may not necessarily be located in one physical place. Over time, this means that your hard drive can become fragmented with all of your files broken up in many locations across the drive. Eventually, this can slow down your computer since it takes longer for it to access the information. Defragmenting your hard drive places all the parts of a file together in the same place and organizes the directories and files which ultimately makes your computer faster.

How to defragment your hard drive

So there you have it, 3 fairly simple steps that you can take this spring to keep your computer performing at its best. I know that I myself spend a significant amount of time on my computers because of the nature of my work, and keeping them running smoothly and efficiently helps me do my job as well as possible.

Are there any routine tasks that you do to keep your computer performing well? Do you believe it is worth taking the time to perform maintenance tasks on your computer? Why or why not?

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BodynSoil May 22, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Nice reminder post!

We just installed a 2TB network drive to back up all of our systems and love it. All of our most important information still goes into the cloud yet it is nice to have this inplace inhouse. As far as defragging goes, I tend to check my updates, clear my caches and defrag on a monthly basis to keep everything running smoothly.

Libby Fisher May 23, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Hi!

Sounds like you have a great routine going, good work! :)

Thanks for commenting!

~Libby

redkathy May 3, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Great compilation of maintenance tips. Add to the list some physical spring cleaning. Open the case dust off those fan blades keeps them running smooth and quiet!

Libby Fisher May 6, 2011 at 12:22 am

Hi Kathy,

That is an excellent tip, thank you for sharing it! :)

~Libby

Rajesh Chaukwale May 3, 2011 at 9:58 am

Great tips Libby and the post is well supported by links. Thanks for the information.

Libby Fisher May 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Hi Rajesh!

I hope you find the links helpful. Thanks for commenting!

~Libby

Marlee May 2, 2011 at 11:36 am

Hey Libby!
These resources rock! It’s really easy to ignore taking care of your PC. But as with most things, if you take care of your PC, it will take care of you. I’ll definitely be checking out some of these links.
Thanks!

Libby Fisher May 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Hi Marlee!

I couldnt have said it better myself – “if you take care of your PC, it will take care of you.” It’s so true, and so worth the time to keep your computer in tip top shape. Unfortunately I think sometimes we don’t realize how “far” we’ve let our computers go until they either give out or start “acting out.” Investing the little bit of time every once in a while can really make a big difference in the performance of your computer over the long run.

Thanks for your comment! :)

Tia Peterson May 2, 2011 at 12:01 am

Hi Libby – I’m so loving Spring, too. 100%! I am really looking forward to some spring cleaning and reorganization.

Thanks for the tips re: computer spring cleaning. It’s time now for me to do all three of these things. My backup space is full, so whenever my computer goes to back itself up, it can’t. :) So I have to figure out how to clear that.

I appreciate your hard work and awesome writing!

Cheers,
Tia

Libby Fisher May 2, 2011 at 9:14 am

Hi Tia!

I’m with you – I love the feeling of getting things cleaned up, organized, or taken care of in the spring! Something about the nicer weather after all the long winter months seems to give me energy! :)

Thanks for reading and for commenting, talk to you soon! :)

~Libby

Libby Fisher May 1, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Hi Dennis,

Hope you find the links helpful, thanks for commenting! :)

~Libby

Dennis Edell@ Direct Sales Marketing May 1, 2011 at 11:21 am

This post took some research, thanks for the link Libby. :)

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