As months and years pass by, even the most powerful computer can start to slow down and show signs of age, much like a car. But as with your automobile, there are steps to take that will minimize the creeping sluggishness and keep your laptop running as fast as possible for as long as possible. Here are a couple of easy steps you can take to keep your computer from slowing down.
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First, obtain an 8GB to 16GB USB key. Next, go into Windows’ Control panel (right-clicking the Windows icon is the easiest way) and type create a recovery drive into the search bar. The manual method would be to go to System & Security > Security & Maintenance > Recovery.
But is it all unicorns and lollipops with SSDs? Not quite. SSDs still fall short in a few places compared to normal hard drives, in particular regarding their write endurance. This means you can only write a finite amount of data to an SSD before you can't write anymore. In this post, I'll talk about this shortcoming and how to mitigate it. Most of my suggestions will be focused on Windows PCs.
Earlier this year, experts began noticing that cybercriminals were using ransomware to target hospitals — organizations that are heavily reliant on instant access to patient records. In March 2016, Henderson, Ky.-based Methodist Hospital shut down its computer systems after an infection from the Locky strain of ransomware. Just weeks before that attack, a California hospital that was similarly besieged with ransomware paid a $17,000 ransom to get its files back.
Reinstalling Windows is an easy way to fix a PC that’s been giving you problems. It can resolve most common issues including lagging to mysterious app crashes. With Windows 10, it’s easier to do than ever before. Here’s how to get that brand new PC feeling on your machine.
We’ve walked you through building your own computer before. In this post—which we’ll update periodically as prices and components change—we’ll walk you through the hardware we’ll need for three different system builds: a budget workstation, a powerful all-purpose PC, and an enthusiast’s system for gamers and professionals.
That is, you can write data to and erase data from an SSD only so many times before it begins to wear out.
That's the bad news. The good news is the amount of data you need to write to an SSD before it begins to wear out is enormous. In its months-long SSD endurance test, TechReport tested six SSDs and they all made it past the 700TB mark, three topped the 1PB mark and two topped the 2PB mark -- that's PB as in petabytes!
To write that much data to a disk takes a long time -- it took more than 18 months of constant, tortuous writing before TechReport killed all six drives. If you wrote 100GB of data a day, which I doubt you do, it would take you 10,000 days or 27.4 years to write 1PB of data to your SSD.
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