|by Walter Dimmock (owner) WaltBren Computing. LLC
- Didn't your mother ever tell you not to use the phone, take
a shower, or swim during an electrical storm? Her advice should
have included computers. Protect your computer and modem in storms.
Electrical surges caused by power outages are very
damaging to computers and modems.
Even strikes at a distance are dangerous. They can
travel great distances through telephone and electrical lines. They
start as thousands of volts. It only takes a few extra volts to cause
Of course no preventive precautions may save a
computer or modem in a direct lightening strike. This includes
surge and spike protectors.
- Be sure to back you your files regularly.
- For any questions or help, please contact
Use Scandisk and Defrag regularly.
- These utilities should be used on a regular schedule, depending on
use of the computer, minimally 3-4 times per year.
- Scandisk lets you know the condition of your hard drives
and corrects most errors on it preventing problems later. If
scandisk discovers any "bad sectors" your hard drive is on its way
out. (Be sure to back up your files regularly.)
- Defrag puts all your files in proper order on the hard
drive so that the computer can access them more efficiently and
faster. It is like taking a shuffled deck of cards and putting all the
cards in order by suits so that you can fine any card by name without
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Disclaimer: In no way are these articles meant
to take the place of the manufactures' recommendations of use of their
software or hardware. Please refer to all the manufactures' written
instructions. "These articles are only meant to augment the use of
software and hardware.