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Everything You Wanted to Know About Hard Disk Drives

What does a hard drive do?
Information storage is the hard drive’s main responsibility. Think the electronic version of the old office filing cabinet. Everything you keep on your computer is on a hard drive. Not just documents, emails, contacts, favorites pictures, music and videos. Your programs, your preferences, your printers, your settings, even your operating system—they’re all stored on your computer’s hard drive.

If your hard drive is damaged or fails, you can lose it all. This is the sad truth and unfortunately we still see this 10+ times per week. Which is why most smart people have a backup system. They get another hard drive and copy all their important files onto that.

 

How big of a hard drive do you need?
Everything that can be saved on a hard drive is measured in terms of its size. Text is very small, pictures are larger, music is even bigger, and video is the biggest of them all.

A hard drive is like a scale. It doesn’t know the difference between things that are on it; it only knows their size. But instead of kilograms, a hard drive measures things in terms of megabytes (MB), gigabytes (GB) and terabytes (TB.)

Roughly speaking, a megabyte is 1 million bytes, a gigabyte is 1 billion bytes, and a terabyte is 1 trillion bytes.

What does this mean for you?

If you need to transfer files between computers or a drive to back up just some of your files, you can get by with a smaller drive (such as a 500GB External Hard Drive).

If you want to back up your entire computer, or even several computers, or if you store a lot of video and audio files, you’ll want a larger drive (such as a 1TB or larger Network Attached Storeage System - NAS for short).

 

Will your drive work with a PC or a Mac?
Most Hard Drives PC Pitstop sell works with either a PC or a Mac. Some drives are already formatted to work with one or the other. But any drive can be reformatted to work with either type of computer.

IMPORTANT: If you reformat a drive, every single file on that drive is erased. So make sure you copy your files somewhere safe before you reformat.

It’s more difficult to use the same drive on both a PC and a Mac. The short answer is, they’re not really compatible. The more detailed answer is that, in a few specific circumstances, you can do a few specific things. 

What are the different types of hard drive connections?
There are four basic ways to connect your hard drive to your computer:

USB
This is the most common connection type. There’s no set-up at all. Just plug it in. The computer recognises the drive, and you’re able to read and save files almost instantly.

FireWire
Plug-and-play like USB, Firewire 800 is significantly faster, making it popular with those transferring video files.

SATA
This is the standard connection for internal hard drives. Offers the highest file transfer speeds of any format.

eSATA
A less common, high-performance connection most commonly found in PCs. An eSATA connection performs at speeds that most closely resemble an internal drive.

 

How important is hard drive speed?
When you start your computer, open a file, listen to a song, or do just about anything else, you use your hard drive. The discs inside the drive spin. The faster they spin, the more quickly your computer can find the file you want.

So a drive rated at 7,200 rpm will be faster than one rated at 5,400 rpm. What that means for your day-to-day use will vary. With external drives, you’ll hardly notice a difference. With internal drives, the difference will be slight with smaller files and applications, but will be obvious with larger files and applications - and all of this adds up.

Should you choose internal or external?
An internal drive provides built-in storage at top speeds. An external drive gives you greater flexibility and expanded storage whenever you need it.

Each choice has its benefits and drawbacks.

Internal drives have to be physically installed and configured by a PC Pitstop Trained Technician opening up your computer. But your files and programs are stored directly on your computer; they’re always there whenever you need them.

External drives are connected to your computer via plug-in cables. This lets you take files with you, transfer them to other computers, or instantly add storage to your computer or network without too many technical hurdles.

 

How much can I store?

Here are some averages to give an idea of what you can store on which size drive.

  Digital Music (MP3) Digital Photo's (JPG) Digital Video's (MP4)
500Gb 25,000 Songs 160,000 Photo's 500 Hours
1000Gb (1Tb) 50,000 Songs 320,000 Photo's 1000 Hours
2000Gb (2Tb) 100,000 Songs 640,000 Photo's 2000 Hours

 

 

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Why do computers slow down?

A question that we get asked all the time here at PC Pitstop is why computers get slower over time. This can start to happen within a year after you get a new PC, but usually it happens in just a few short months.

Since we all use our computers for a whole range of different tasks and activities, there isn’t one single reason that pinpoints why this happens.

The thing is, when you first get a new computer and boot it up it works lightning fast. That’s because it doesn’t have anything on it except the bare bones operating system. 

Regardless of whether you have a PC or Mac, over time as you download files, install software, add printers and surf the Internet etc, your computer gets bloated with files that hog system resources.

In addition, there are many other things that contribute to a slowdown. Here is the most common issues we find:

1. Hard Drive Corruption

The hard drive is the electronic equivalent of the old office filing cabinet. It's really is an amazing piece of technology that has helped propelled our world forward into the information age. A typical computer can hold anywhere from 150,000 - 300,000 high quality photographs or over a million documents or books.

All of this information is tightly packed ingeniously onto a disk and into a tiny enclosure, which looks suprisingly similar to that of the old record player. The information is stored in magnetic form on top of the disk and this is where the complexity starts to become its own undoing.

The problem is, corruption can occur from power surges (power spikes), brown outs (power dips), static electricity (from carpet, clothes and other fabrics), solar flares, cosmic radiation, vibration, bumps, knocks, computer viruses, software errors and even the layer on the magnetic disk changing over time.

 

2. RAM

Not having enough RAM is like not having a big enough table to work on. You can only have so many items on the table before it get clutted and full. The computer does its best to keep going without crashing - moving things around - but to do so - it slows down even further. Solution - the more RAM the better! RAM is cheap these days and the more you got - the more the computer will be able to use as a super fast temporary storage place.

 3. Spyware, Viruses and Unnecessary Software

These programs all need attention - they run in the background and all want to steal a little bit of time from the CPU/Processor (Think information pump).
This all stacks on top of each other and adds up very quickly. Typically we remove 500+ pieces of spyware and virus related programs on EVERY computer we service (our record is over 20,000!). PC Pitstop have an award winning and unique 5 stage process that removes all spyware, viruses and nasties that even the best AntiVirus protection leaves behind.

4. System and Software Updates

If you are updating your software regularly, this will take up space and more system resources - contributing to the slow down even further. Interestingly enough, if you were to wipe the computer in year 3 and put all the original software back on - it would be as fast as the day you brought it. However this is not exactly secure or feasible way to run your computer. Updates are mostly security and bug fixes that go a long way to protect your computer.

 

5. Mechanical Hard Drives Slow Down With Age

If you have a standard hard drive (not SSD) your hard drive will slow down and fail over time. Being mechanical - this is the nature of their design and cannot be avoided without upgrading to a Solid State Hard Drive (SSD). Solid state hard drives are reasonably new and more expensive than their mechanical counterparts but wow - they work really really fast. I MEAN REALLY REALLY REALLY FAST. For the single most impressive upgrade you can do for your computer - get a SSD Hard Drive. You will love the difference and never look back.

Now I have painted a picture of why computers slow down - how do you fix a slow computer?

Easy - just like your car goes in for a 10,000Km service - your computer also needs regular tuning up as well. For power users and businesses - minimum every 6 months and for the rest of us - every 12 months. This is what the big department stores will not and do not want to tell you. It is in their best interest for you to get annoyed with your computer to the point of frustration within 18 months - that you go out and buy another one.

 

A tuneup finds and fixes problems, spots bigger problems (before they occur and cost you more time and money), removes virus and spyware infections, scans and repairs your hard disk, installs necessary security updates and is also a perfect time for you to engage a PC Pitstop Trained Technician to ask any questions that have been niggeling at you or to fix other issues that you have been putting off.

Your computer is an investment - and for most of us - a very important tool we use every day. It pays to be proactive with your investments - instead of waiting for the day when everything grinds to a halt and you have lost some or all of your important data. Unfortunately we still see this every day.

SO - drop in and book in for your routine computer tuneup at PC Pitstop - 10 Bellbowrie Street Port Macquarie - 02 65 841551.

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We wrote a user manual and service planner just for you....so come and get it!

It's packed full of how to hints and tips and details the best way for you to look after your desktop or laptop computer - at home or in your business. Everyone is loving them and we don't want you to miss out!

Besides, the beginning of the year is a perfect time to tune your computer in readiness for a smooth sailing year ahead!

See you instore soon.

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A Word from Ben and Sam

We wrote this Computer Manual & Service Planner for you.
In fact, we started PC Pitstop for people just like you. People who are amazingly skilled at what they do and confident in many areas of their lives. People who aren’t afraid to ask for help to remain amazing and confident. People who want to grow, embrace technology and get more out of life.

The PC Pitstop Computer Manual & Service Planner is a comprehensive go-to-guide for all things computer-user based that will see you through the life of your computer and beyond. If you find this useful or need more information be sure to sign up to our e-newsletter or blog on the PC Pitstop website. And of course, give us a call or pop in, we love to keep in touch with all our amazing customers.

We hope the PC Pitstop Computer Manual & Service Planner challenges you, increases your productivity, improves your confidence and inspires you to learn even more!

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PC Pitstop repair computers of all makes and models - laptops, desktops, MACs and all your small devices. 
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[TIME FOR A CHECKUP]

Dust and debris in your computer can cause overheating...which can fry parts...which can result in lost precious data...which may result in tears!!

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WHAT DO WE DO DURING A TUNEUP TO MAKE YOUR COMPUTER FASTER, SAFER AND CLEANER?

ü  Arrow-Right-icon Workshop Assessment & Diagnosis

ü  Arrow-Right-icon Hard Drive Surface Testing

ü  Arrow-Right-icon File System Integrity Testing

ü  Arrow-Right-icon Malware Scan & Removal

ü  Arrow-Right-icon Optimization of Startup Processes

ü  Arrow-Right-icon System Defrag

ü  Arrow-Right-icon Apply Critical System Updates

ü  Arrow-Right-icon Hard Drive Speed Test

ü  Arrow-Right-icon Bench Testing

ü  Arrow-Right-icon Physical External Computer Clean with Antibacterial Cleaner

ü  Arrow-Right-icon Physical Internal Computer Clean with Compressed Air

ü  Arrow-Right-icon Final Startup Check

ü  Arrow-Right-icon Discuss Any Recommendations

ü  Arrow-Right-icon Supply Future Maintenance Information

Home Users need to get a computer Tune-up at least every 12months while Business Users need to get a Tuneup at least every 6months to keep their equipment in top working order and to avoid a technology crisis!

When was the last time your computer had a checkup? 

Get into PC Pitstop today.

 

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Benefits of a Regular Tune-up

Over time your computer equipment will invariably shows signs of ageing – slowing down, part malfunction, etc. A Tune-up is a thorough service of all components in your machine. It is a process whereby PC Pitstop Trained Technicians scan, clean and repair any issues, whether currently visible or hinting to likely to cause problems in the near future. We work with you to resolve any major issues found and provide you with options and solutions to get you back on track.

Regular Scheduled Tune-ups provide:

  •       Warning and solutions to problems before they occur become a costly interference to your daily life or business operations
  •       Optimal productivity and efficiency from your investment
  •        Performance improvements such as speed, space, and reliability
  •        A time for you to engage a PC Pitstop Trained Technician to help resolve any issues you may have
  •        Peace of mind that your computer is in good working order

For optimal performance, invest in a Tune-up every 3-6mths for business users and every 6-12mths for home users.

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Desktop Safety Tips

Safely using your desktop will help ensure that the computer works properly and you don't get injured. Improper use or not being aware of safety issues can cause your desktop irreparable damage. These tips will help you stay productive and safe no matter where you are working.

  • Vent Maintenance - Part of your weekly routine should be to inspect and clean the air vents at the back of your desktop. Forced air dusters can be used to keep the air vents clean and free from debris. It's important to know that you should never push anything into the air vents.
  • Secure Transportation - Make sure that if you ever have to transport your desktop that you first unplug all accessories from it and carry it with two hands from the bottom of the case. Secure the desktop in an upright position wherever possible using the vehicles seatbelt for example. Parts may come loose during transport
  • Soft Spots - It's a wise idea to use your desktop in a well-ventilated position with no soft material covering the fans located at the back or side of your machine. Soft materials can block the airflow vents and cause it to overheat.

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PC Pitstop Computer Manual & Service Planner :: Making IT Easy for YOU

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We are so excited to finally have our PC Pitstop Computer Manual & Service Planner in store for everyone who receives any service from PC Pitstop! So many of you have been wanting something like this and it will definately make life easier for a lot of businesses and families! We've been working on this handy guide for 12mths and it's jammed packed with over 30years experience in computer repairs, computer builds and everything in between.

It features an entire section dedicated to Customer Care Guides - 22 simple 'How-To' guides for navigating your computer, your devices and the internet. The Preventative Maintainence Schedule at the back of the booklet details exactly what service is recommended for your computer at various points in it's life and can even be stamp certified that you were looked after by a PC Pitstop Trained Technician.

We love providing extra value and this Manual is the perfect tech-education and tracking tool for all our customers!

Pick yours up after your next service today.

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COMMON COMPUTER REPAIRS, PHONE REPAIRS & PRICES

PC Pitstop repair computers of all makes and models - laptops, desktops, MACs and all your small devices.
Get it done faster at PC Pitstop, simply call or pop in to your nearest store with your enquiries.

Tune Up/Clean Up $90+

Basic Virus Removal $90+ Data Recovery $90+
PC Pitstop will get your computer running back up to speed. Our removal process is thorough! No Bugs go unnoticed. Don't lose precious data with our 99% recovery success rate!
Workshop Assessment $59 Data Transfer $130+ Onsite Support $99+ p/hr

We locate the issues & determine the best way to fix them!

Transferring systems? Keep all your old files! We come to you! Great for home & business setups & more!
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If its cracked, its dangerous! Those cracks contain microscopic shards of glass that once enter the skin are nearly impossible to get out. Stop using your cracked iPhone and get it fixed fast by PC Pitstop's Trained Technicians today!

iPhone 3G & 3GS Glass $90 iPhone 3G & 3GS LCD $90
   
iPhone 3G & 3GS Glass & LCD $130 iPhone 4 &4S Glass & Digitizer $179
   
iPhone 4 & 4S Colour Conversion $200 iPhone 5 Digitizer & LCD $250
   
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Spring has sprung and the trash piles are out on the lawns and garage sales are a go-go. So what about a spring clean for the mahine you work hard every day - your computer?

Do these 3 simple steps and watch your computer smile!

1. Do a Defrag. (How?)

2. Uninstall any programs you no longer use. (How?)

3. Empty your Recycle Bin. (How?)

 

3 1/2. Yep, 3 1/2! Of course, there are much more indepth ways to give your computer a thorough spring clean. Drop your PC into PC Pitstop, leave it with us for at least 48 hours and we'll take it through our rigorous 99 Point Tuneup Checklist to make sure it returns to you IMPROVED! Drop in today to avoid the Christmas Holiday panic!

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[TIME FOR A CHECKUP]

Dust and debris in your computer can cause overheating...which can fry parts...which can result in lost precious data, to name one tech crisis!

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WHAT DO WE DO TO MAKE YOUR COMPUTER FASTER, SAFER AND CLEANER?

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Home Users need to get a computer Tune-up at least every 12months while Business Users need to get a Tuneup at least every 6months to keep their equipment in top working order and to avoid a technology crisis!

When was the last time your computer had a checkup?

Get into PC Pitstop today.

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If your computer looks anything like the one on the left we can only assume you don't use it that much...perhaps as a paperweight more than anything??

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Of course, looks are certainly not everything but BEIGE is a common determination of age and performance at first glance for most IT technicians these days.

If your computer is more than 5 years old...

Arrow-Right-icon Does it run slow? Do you forget what you opened a program for because it took so long to open?

Arrow-Right-icon Do people complain that they can't open documents you send them?

Arrow-Right-icon Is the back of the computer rusty or dusty?

Arrow-Right-icon Do you use your computer daily?

If you answered YES to all of these it is time for a new computer!

Arrow-Right-icon Do you have enough USB Ports for all your peripherals and devices?

Arrow-Right-icon Do you have recent backups of everything of precious documents and pictures?

Arrow-Right-icon Do you have trouble opening programs or loading new programs?

Arrow-Right-icon Do you run a business on this computer?

If you answered YES to all of these too, then the time for a new computer is NOW!

 

Bring your old computer into PC Pitstop and your Trained Technician can help you find the right replacement computer for you, transfer your data and talk you through your new machine. Plus, our Computer Manual & Service Planner - FREE with your new computer purchase - explains a myriad of questions you might have and tables a maintenance plan to keep you on track!

Your time is valuable, dont waste it waiting on sub-standard technology. We'll help you, your family or your business become more productive TODAY!

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Stop before you shop and check out these 'something-for-everyone' guides to buying technology before the End of Financial Year:

1. BUY A NEW PHONE OR WAIT? >>> Read all about what's new and what's best for you HERE.

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2. ARE YOUR SOFTWARE LICENSES UP TO DATE? >>>
You may be able to get a better deal for your CRM, Accounting, POS or other software licenses. HERE's some food for thought.

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3. KICK-START YOUR COMPUTER WITH A YEARLY TUNE-UP >>> Do it now and work more productively for the rest of the year. Why is it important? SmartCompany explains HERE.

"Another area worth looking at is maintenance. If

you have a computer or other technology that’s

playing up or overdue for a check up, now’s the

time to do it.You often find that’s money well spent

in itself in terms of improving the performance of

office equipment."

 

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If your laptop looks anything like the one the on left...consider how it might look on the inside?! Signs of a CRUSTY computer include:

Arrow-Right-icon slow startup - enough time passes that you've made a cup of tea before anything comes to life?

Arrow-Right-icon slow or lagging navigation - you're on the edge of your seat leaning forward in an attempt to push the cursor along faster??

Arrow-Right-icon computer freezes or blue screens - typing away and then realise nothings happening on screen or suddenly the screen is bright blue??

Arrow-Right-icon computer reboots or turns itself off - you're left wondering what you clicked, what you did wrong??

Fun isn't it?!

Of course, there are plenty more symptoms of a sick machine but they all hint at (or scream) that they need some TLC.

Arrow-Right-icon If you're a business user we recommend you get a PC Pitstop Tune-up at least every quarter.

Arrow-Right-icon If you're a power user or gamer we recommend you get a PC Pitstop Tune-up at least every 6months.

Arrow-Right-icon If you're a home user we recommend you get a PC Pitstop Tune-up at least every 12mths.

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BEN WATERS
Engineer & Managing Director

Winning Work: Onsite business consultations and tech needs analysis to increase productivity for everyone within the business.

Best Tech Tip: "You haven't really backed up until you've backed up 3 times. Let us set it and then you forget it."

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TRISTAN PIPER
Sales Manager

Winning Work: iPhone/iPod/iPad repairs.

Best Tech Tip: "Ask the experts. No question is a silly question except for those not asked. Ask before action sometimes saves so much stress and mess!"
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BEN 'JAMES' STELZER
Technical Specialist

Winning Work: Mac's and new technologies.

Best Tech Tip: "Invest in the very best quality products - hardware, software, peripherals, the works - for YOUR specific needs. The big department stores' hype is not always right."
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JOSH SKINNER
Technical Specialist

Winning Work: Ongoing maintenace, backups and business support.

Best Tech Tip: "Keep it simple. We can help you find one great solution for each issue instead of lots of less than average solutions all battling each other."

Got a computer problem or burning question....?

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  • Make sure your computer is located in a safe, dry and dust-free area preferably away from open windows. Responsible computer owners place their work stations in low-traffic, climate controlled areas which prevent physical damage and heat related issues.
  • Back up your data regularly to an external hard drive. (How? Click here.) Recent studies conclude that only 12% of the population backs up their data on a weekly basis.
  • Prevent power surges from destroying your computer because even low-level power bursts or 'brown-outs' can erase hard drive data. An Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) provides some of the best protection from data hard drive recovery situations. So use a UPS on your computer but be sure to test it.
  • Beware of losing data with email attachments. Set your email program to save attachments in a unique location so you don't overwrite something of the same name.
  • It doesn't hurt to keep hard copies of your documents: It won't prevent you from typing and formatting your document again, but it's certainly better than nothing. Be sure to do this in association with an external backup though!
  • Store copies of mission critical data off site by utilising a portable external HDD, DVD, or USB stick.
  • Use virus detection programs and keep them updated frequently as viruses can be deadly to data. We use and recommend Norton Internet Security.
  • If your disk drive makes any strange noises, skips a beat, hiccups or does anything out of the ordinary then backup it up immediately and bring your machine in to PC Pitstop. Everyone will have a hard drive failure at some point in time but been aware of warning signs can help avoid data loss.

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