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Take Extra Care When Moving Your PC

b2ap3_thumbnail_b2ap3_thumbnail_onoff400.jpgFrom the outside, your computer would appear to be a box with some flashing lights on it but on the inside there are a complex set of parts that make it work the way you want it to.  In large part a computer consists of a case, motherboard, processor, RAM, and a fan.  These parts are very fragile and that means you have to take extra care when moving it. 

From the outside, your computer would appear to be a box with some flashing lights on it but on the inside there are a complex set of parts that make it work the way you want it to.  In large part a computer consists of a case, motherboard, processor, RAM, and a fan.  These parts are very fragile and that means you have to take extra care when moving it.

You can hear the hum of the hard drive spinning, but do you know what that humming sound really means? This hard drive noise is metal platters with data stored on them, spinning at speeds of 4,000-to-15,000 revolutions per minute.  In order for the data to be read, a small head from an actuator arm moves over the spinning platters, kind of like how a record player works. You wouldn’t move a record player while it’s playing music; and in the same way, you shouldn’t jiggle or move a computer while it’s in operation.

Before you move your computer, the best practice requires you to turn it off. When your computer is powered-on, the hard drive platters are moving at thousands of rpms, and the only time the hard drive isn’t spinning is when it’s turned off. This is why many users prefer to keep their computers always powered-on, because it takes considerable time to restart all the necessary resources.

To achieve the necessary hard drive speeds, physics come into play and gyroscopic motions are employed. This keeps the tiny hard drive pieces from colliding; if hard drive components collide serious damage can occur, or worse, a hard drive crash. With all the components being this fragile, you can see why it’s so important to backup the data on your hard drive in order to avoid catastrophic data loss.  Quikteks technicians have a saying “It’s not if a hard drive will fail but when”.

Hard drive issues from movement can come from sources other than just improper PC handling. External vibrations also interfere with the hard drive gyroscopic patterns. For the sake of your computer’s health, you need to be aware external forces around your office that could lead to unnecessary vibration. Is your office next to an airport and planes are shaking your building with every takeoff and landing?  Does your office sit right on a highway? Do you have a large speaker sitting next to your PC? Or does your company reside near a company that uses heavy machinery? All of these external factors can wear on your hard drive.

Even laptops aren’t immune for external vibrations unless you are utilizing a SSD (Solid State Drive).  Solid state drives have no moving part and are much less likely to experience a problem from external vibrations. Laptops are designed with more internal hard drive support than a desktop PC, but you will still want to be careful when moving a powered-on laptop.

With hard drives and all of your corporate technology, its best practice to be mindful of how environmental factors affect your equipment. There are factors that need to be taken into consideration; vibrations, dust, faulty electrical wiring, power surges, or water spilled onto a keyboard. Sometimes the biggest threat to your PC may not be from hackers or other security threats, but from your company’s physical environment! If you would like Quikteks to assess your IT infrastructure and point out the risks, both internal and external, then give us a call at PHONENUMBER.