Blog posts tagged with 'Hard Drive'

Cleaning Your PC For Peak Performance

Any time is a good time to do a clean up of the computers, servers and electronic equipment in your office, both inside and out. Failure to thoroughly clean your computers and servers at least once or twice a year will result in decreased performance and possibly even system failures.

Here’s why:

Dust clogs the computer’s cooling system causing it to heat up, damaging sensitive electronic equipment. Dust can also cause fan noise and (believe it or not) slow performance!

Crumbs and dirt in your keyboard can cause keys to stick and crunchy sounds when typing. Plus, it’s just gross and unhealthy; do you know there are more germs on your computer keyboard than the average public toilet? Even dust, fingerprints and dirt build-up will make your computer monitor dim and fuzzy.

Here are 5 quick steps you can take today to clean up your systems and improve performance:

  1. Use Disk Cleanup to delete temporary files, unused programs and any other files taking up space and slowing things down. (Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup)
  2. Defrag your hard drive to speed up access to your data. (Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Defragment your hard drive).
  3. Update your spyware and antivirus software with the newest definitions. The internet changes fast. Having outdated security can slow you down dramatically.
  4. Make sure you have the latest security patches and updates installed and configured properly.
  5. Check your backups and conduct an emergency “restore” of the data. Remember, the best time to check your backups is when you DON’T desperately need to recover your data...


Zachary T. Brown
Marketing Director
StormsEdge Technology

Your Backup Should Have A Backup

Is Two Better Than One?

It was a cold Thursday morning on January 15, 2009, when Bill Wiley boarded US Airways flight 1549 bound for Charlotte. Wiley was on his way to an important meeting for his employer, Computer Associates. 

As you might expect he was diligent about backing up his information.  In fact, he used two computers for safety; one for daily use and the other simply as a backup for redundancy. He also kept all his data on thumb drives and rarely carried both laptops at once. 

As Bill planned for the meeting the night before his flight, the thought never crossed his mind that carrying both of his laptops could be a problem. After all, what are the odds of both machines failing at once? 

Eighteen hours and an emergency landing later, Bill would quickly find the answer to that question when he was quoted as saying “I had no idea how screwed I was about to be.” 

Even though the machines did not have classic hard drive failures, they were ultimately plunged into the ice cold water in the Hudson River, rendering them useless to their owner. When they were finally dredged up from the bottom of the lake, they were held as “crash evidence” by the federal government. More than three months later, Bill still hasn’t recovered his machines or any of the critical information stored on them.

Compare Bill’s story to that of passenger Paul Jorgensen who also carried his laptop on flight 1549.  Immediately after the crash landing, Jorgensen panicked and thought, “I was going to be in pretty deep trouble…my life is in that laptop.” Pretty incredible that he’s thinking about his laptop when he was just spared his life.

Fortunately for Paul, he backed up his laptop to a “cloud” based service. The crash landing happened on a Thursday, and the following Monday Jorgensen was back up and running again with all of his data, files and favorites intact.

So ask yourself today, if my PC or Laptop crashes what data will I lose forever?  I think you will find if you weigh that against the cost of a solid cloud based backup solution, you will find it’s well worth the investment.

Backup Often – Backup Regularly – Backup TODAY!

Daniel A. FitzGerald
Owner & President
StormsEdge Technology