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It’s always great to hear someone blame their computer or software for their own technological shortfalls.

What? The two-year-old operating system on your five-year-old computer can’t process CS5? I wonder why? The computer takes forever to boot up? It’s slower than it used to be doing just about everything? That could have something to do with the hard drive you’ve crammed full.

Your computer and software/design tools can only do as much as you allow. To keep your gear functioning at its best and get the most out of the design and tools and software, for which you’ve shelled out major bucks, check out these few tips. Basic maintenance can make a huge difference between excellent and poor performance, and hours of frustration on your part.

Charged and Fresh

If you do a lot of design work on the go, you rely heavily on good battery life. If you’re constantly complaining about your computer’s inability to hold a charge for more then 15 minutes and search for the nearest outlet the moment you arrive anywhere, it might be time for a new one. Laptop batteries, through rechargeable, still need to be replaced from time to time. If your laptop inexplicably shuts down, don’t give up on it just yet. It could just be the battery. Replace your battery every few years to keep your laptop running at optimal functionality.

Up to Date

Out of date operating systems and software are another reason you may be tempted to throw your slow laptop against the nearest wall. If you’ve been ignoring your computer’s irritating suggestions to install and restart, you should probably go ahead and do it.

On the flip side, computers don’t last forever. If you’re steadily updating a six-year-old laptop with few results, it might be time to face the music. Your laptop is no good. While a well cared for and maintained laptop can run for a long time, you’ll need the latest and greatest to handle your new design software and new operating systems.

Backed Up and Clutter Free

If your hard drive is bursting at the seams, if you’re living on the last MB of storage, if you’re deleting three songs before downloading three more, your computer’s performance and longevity are seriously at risk. If you’re operating on such a low storage level, you’ve no doubt already noticed slower processing. Maybe your tabs are taking longer to open and close and your applications are lagging?

De-cluttering your hard drive can make a huge difference. If you’re already running a back-up, you can move your items there, or throw them out. Then, back everything up again. If you’re not already running a back-up, it’s unclear how you’ve gotten this far. Get an external hard drive or start backing up to the cloud ASAP, before it’s too late.

Performing these simple maintenance steps on a regular basis can help your hardware and software perform at their very best. And, if things start to slow down, don’t automatically blame the laptop. We would love to hear your feedback, so please comment below! For more useful articles like this please don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS-feed and follow Inspirationfeed on TwitterFacebook! If you enjoyed the following article we humbly ask you to comment, and help us spread the word!


Posted by Megan Brown

Megan Brown is a social media networker at Slingshot SEO. You can follow her adventures in web design, sports, volunteering, cycling, and popsicle eating on twitter (@thagirlmegan) or on her personal site

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