|MICRO CENTER: COMPUTERS AND ELECTRONICS|
It's that time of year again. Time to open the windows and do some cleaning. In your home cleaning frenzy, don't forget about computer maintenance. A few minutes of care to the inside and outside of your most important high-tech equipment will do wonders.
There are files on your hard drive that just sit around, using your disk space while giving you nothing in return. These freeloading files can be safely deleted, and include temporary Internet files, program files and items in your Recycle Bin. Use the Windows XP Disk Cleanup tool to rid your hard drive of these unused files. Access the tool by left-clicking on your C drive and selecting Properties. Clicking on "Disk Cleanup" will show you the files that can be deleted and how much space you will get back.
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Follow the same process, replacing "/etc/daily" with "/etc/weekly" and "/etc/monthly" for tasks that run at those intervals. As for defragmentation, you shouldn't need to take any action since OS X utilizes "delayed allocation" and other fancy technologies to minimize fragmentation.
Now that you've taken care of the hard drive and its contents, let's take a look at the computer itself. Whether your computer spends its life in a prominent space on your desk, or the dark corners around your feet, it is always a dust magnet. Here's what you can do keep your computer clean.
Turn your keyboard upside down and shake to dislodge dirt, dust, bits of paper and any stray food crumbs. Use compressed air to move any debris that has fallen into your keyboard. Vacuuming does an even better job at removing bad stuff from tight spaces. Vacuums range in size and power from small battery-powered units to professional versions with lots of power and attachments.
Next, shut down your computer and take it outside (or some other well ventilated place) for some fresh air. This will do you both some good as well as keep dust from settling back inside your computer. Open up your case and vacuum up or blow away the dust that builds up inside. Make sure to focus on case fans, the power supply, heatsinks and any part that relies on airflow to keep cool.
I hope this article has inspired you to take better care of that box you call a computer. Remember, if you take good care of it, it will take good care of you. Until next month, snack responsibly away from your keyboard.
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