Sunday, November 13, 2011

Computers: Easy to Rebuild

I took Penn Foster's Computer Maintenance and Repair course this year. Nice being able to tear down a computer and build it back up and know what you are doing. Computer's aren't that big a mystery anymore and it's cheaper sometimes to build one yourself than to buy it. Plus, it's fun.

This old Dell I'm using now gets a new hard drive once I get the camo 'puter finished. Putting a new hard drive in camo 'puter once it gets here next week. Error message stated camo 'puter has dead sectors when I reformatted the hard drive before loading Linux Puppy software into it. Yeah, I bought an old white box computer from a local charity and painted the case camouflage, hence camo 'puter. When I get the camper built, it's interior color scheme will be woodland camouflage, so the camo computer will go in there. Will install a WiFi system in the camper, too.

Did you know that a hard drive older than six years can fail at any time? The Penn Foster lesson on hard drives suggested replacing hard drives every six years. That is why it is so important to back up your data, save it to a CD or DVD, or have a back up hard drive. The Dell hit six years old this year and is running a bit poorly. The hard drive in the camo 'puter was manufactured in 1997. Time to put the long in the tooth hard drive out to pasture.

Well, I have work to do. I care for my old mom and she expects breakfast and coffee soon after she rises.


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