Be prepared. Now the fault of some people who own computer hardware is that they think that their computers will not fail them. Well the reality is that computer components eventually fail. It is not a question of if they will fail but rather it is really a question of when they will. So, part of a responsible computer hardware owner is to accept this fact and prepare, wallet included, in the inevitable.
To prevent major inconveniences, it would be best to get warranties for the components that you bought. If possible, increasing the number of years on the warranty card would be not so bad a setup. Other people want their products off the warranty to save some money on their purchase but in long run, you actually save more if you buy products under a good warranty service. You’ll never know if the component will fail this month or the month after that, so it would be best to have a return policy with your purchase which also serves as a protection for consumers.
Part of the preparation is to protect your data. Stored data in your hard drive needs to be backed up on a regular basis. If your hard drive fails you at this moment, can you honestly say that you will not scream in panic? That’s a good way to judge if you need to back up your system right away. Computer hardware failure can come without any warning so it is pretty good sense to be prepared. You can back up on discs or buy an external hard drive. These come pretty cheap nowadays compared to a few years back.
Keep your applications or software updated as well. An updated system usually does not compromise the overall performance of your computer system. This includes updated virus software which is pretty important to keep a smooth running computer especially if you’re connected to the internet. There are lots of spyware, adware, malware and virus in the internet that you can get and potentially mess up your system. Updating an anti-spyware program would be a great idea as well.
Be cautious when installing bundled software especially if you downloaded them from questionable sources. Software that usually offers something free like music, pictures or even free software. These zip files usually contain some adware or spyware components which automatically infects your computer when you extract the folder.
By keeping your hardware as well as software well maintained, you can avoid some splitting headaches in the future.