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Why is my computer slow?

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Why is my computer slow you ask…

Ever wake up one day and your computer just decides to skip its coffee that morning? What causes a computer to slow down like this? Well like all things in this world it’s caused by natural wear and tear. “But there’s no moving parts, it’s just electrical signals right?” Yes and no, while most of what your computer does is purely electrical signals being sent across circuits and cables, there are a few items in a computer that will eventually start to “show their age” after continued use. Most of the wear and tear that a computer suffers is from electrically generated heat and vibrations of the moving parts, such as fans and hard drives.

So should you get a new computer? Depends, how old is the system? Is it less than 5 years old? Does it have programs on it that can only be installed on that particular operating system? There are quite a few factors to consider before replacing a slow system. First check the amount of installed RAM, if it’s less than 4GB, you should consider adding more. Newer operating systems require a bit more resources than older systems. Next consider upgrading your hard drive to a SSD if you haven’t already done this. Most people don’t even consider the hard drive to be a choke point for a slow system. Much like humans computers have short and long term memory types. The hard drive is the long term memory and comes in multiple speeds and types. A more standard practice these days are to have at least 2 drives in your computer if it will support it. A SSD for the operating system, and then a HDD or Hybrid drive for storage, having a dedicated drive solely for the operating system will improve not only the boot time of the system but also the life of the drive itself.

If you’re not too sure if your system is worth upgrading or just not comfortable making these changes yourself; we at Frankenstein would be more than happy to help you with the upgrade process. We could even perform our clean up service or just a basic diagnostic to confirm some concerns that you may have. Don’t forget we also make house calls and can perform the assessment in the comfort of your own home. We always ask that you keep us in mind when looking for IT support in the Austin area, and that you’ll be proud to recommend us to your friends.