16 May

Here’s How to Do Proper Hard Drive Maintenance

The hard drive in your computer is what makes it more than just a really cool looking doorstop. Because it stores just about all the information on your computer, it includes information regarding starting up and using the system files. If your hard drive crashes, it’s essentially like your computer had its brain removed.

So how do you keep your hard drive in good working order? It’s actually a lot easier than you would think. The short answer is just routine regular cleaning; both run your defragmenter and/or your disc clean up, and you should be fine. However, as your hard drive gets older, you may need to start taking other preventative steps as well as looking for online storage services like Google Drive, Dropbox, and other cloud storage services.


16 May

How to Build Your Own PC from Scratch: A Beginner’s Guide

There’s this idea that building your own computer is a rite of passage for only the most hardcore of geeks. It’s as if building a computer is up there with Jedi building their own lightsaber. And while some people may think of it as akin to building your own car or motorcycle, it isn’t nearly as difficult. It also requires no real level of expertise; unlike building your own robot, for instance, building a computer is more or less just connecting various parts together.

The advantages of building your own computer is mainly from you deciding on what is and isn’t included. Pre-manufactured computers come loaded with bloatware; apps and programs that you don’t want, or even need, but are generally difficult, if not impossible, to get rid of. It also allows you to custom-built a computer for the exact purpose you need it for. (more…)

25 Jan

What is Defragmentation and How to Do It

Surprisingly, there are some users who still, in the year 2016, don’t understand what disc defragmentation is, or even how they should go about doing it. That’s fine; this post isn’t here to judge, but to

Basically, overtime your computer starts racking up a bunch of files or bits of files (fragments) that clutter the background of your computer’s storage. This can chew through your finite amount of storage, as well as absolutely kill your computer’s performance. These fragments appear from everyday use: updating programs, installing new programs, moving/deleting/creating files, and more. What happens is residual files and pieces of files start to collect, much like a trash can in real life; although you empty your can, you’ll almost always find some piece of trash sticking to the bottom.