Archive | August, 2016

Is it best to leave the computer on or switch it off?

Everyone seems to have different approaches to what they do with their computer at the end of the day, but what is best? There is no real answer for everyone as it depends on how the computer is used however we have collected some important information that may help you decide what is best foryou.

It is recommended that once a computer is turned on it should be left on for quite some time, until late in the day or when you have finished using the computer for the day. If you need programs to run over night such as back ups or virus scans, however, you will need to leave the computer on.

It can be useful to put the computer into Sleep mode instead of turning it off if you would like to save some boot up time. If you choose to leave your computer on all day, it is recommended that the monitor is switched off when you won’t be using it for periods longer than 10 minutes. This will allow the screen to refresh.

For offices with a large number of computers, it is recommended that these a turned off of a night time to save power. Turning the computer to power saving mode will help however it will still consumer power.

Some more tips & helpful information to help you choose what is best:

  • Turning the computer off will not cause power surges or damage components
  • Turning off computer will not cause cracks or harm electrical components – whilst the components will cool down when it is turned off, this will not harm them.
  • Turning off the computer won’t cause moving parts such as fans to wear down.
  • Turning the computer off is unlikely to wear down the power button. This has been an issue previously with old computers however this is not the case with modern computer manufacturers. It is still possible that the power button can break but not from simply turning the computer on and off.
  • It is not true that the computer takes more power when it boots up.
  • Leaving the computer on will not cause it to overheat (unless a fan is broken).
  • All information provided above is applicable for laptop devices as well.

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Would you like your computer to run faster?

There is nothing more frustrating than a slow computer. Rather than buying a new desktop or laptop, why not install a Solid State Drive (SSD) card.

What is an SSD?

An SSD is similar to USB memory sticks, but more of an oversized and more sophisticated version. Like a USB memory stick, there are no moving parts to an SSD. The information is therefore stored in microchips. Which means that an SSD, rather than a hard disk drive, is so much faster.

A typical SSD uses what is called NAND-based flash memory, that is, when you turn off the disk it won’t forget what was stored on it. Which is an essential characteristic to any permanent memory.

The SSD is actually the same size as a regular hard drive and comes in a standard 1.8″, 2.5″ or 3.5″ size that can fit into the housing and connectors for the same-sized hard drives.

What this upgrade means for your computer?

By completing this upgrade you should expect to see from the first reboot that your start ups will be a lot faster. Programs and files will launch or load faster, and your search results will arrive a lot faster for you. You may also notice that your laptop will run overall a lot quieter as a SSD doesn’t contain moving parts.

In the long run an SSD card also uses less electrical power than what a conventional hard drive would. This means longer battery life for laptop users.

SSD’s are well on their way to becoming the mainstream, standard storage mechanism, especially for laptops. So if you desire top computing performance, opting for an SSD inside your computer set up or an upgrade, don’t hesitate to contact us here at ImagineNow IT.