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Importance of Preventive Maintenance
Preventive maintenance is one of the most ignored aspects of PC ownership, in my
opinion. Most people seem to think that the PC doesn't need preventive maintenance, and so
you should just use it until it breaks, and then repair or replace it. These people
generally find themselves repairing or replacing much sooner than those that take definite
steps to avoid difficulties in the first place.
Here are some reasons why you should develop a preventive maintenance plan for your PC:
- Preventive Maintenance Saves Money: I'm sure we've all heard the old adage
"an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". It's trite, but it is also
true. Avoiding problems with your PC will save you money in the long run, compared with
laying out cash for new components or repair jobs.
- Preventive Maintenance Saves Time: Saves time? How can taking two hours a month
or whatever to perform maintenance save time? Simple: because it saves you the much bigger
hassles of dealing with system failures and data loss. Most preventive maintenance
procedures are quite simple compared to troubleshooting and repair procedures--now those
can really eat up your time at a fantastic rate.
- Preventive Maintenance Helps Safeguard Your Data: For most people, the data on
the hard disk is more important than the hardware that houses it. Taking steps to protect
this data therefore makes sense, and that is what PM is all about.
- Preventive Maintenance Improves Performance: Some parts of your system will
actually degrade in performance over time, and preventive maintenance will help to improve
the speed of your system in these respects.
Next: Determining When to Perform Maintenance
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