01 Aug

August 2013 – Speed up your Notebook and extend its life at the same time!

I was just complaining that it seems like the last newsletter only went out a few days ago, but alas it was a month… Oh how time flies.


Another busy month here at EtherTech, with a lot of clients migrating to the cloud, and we have also been undertaking some capasity upgrades and extra redundancy setups to ensure we have the most resilient network infrastructure around.  We have Exchange 2013 upgrades coming this month as well as CRM this weekend, with our own support staff launching in to the world of Dynamics CRM.


Here at EtherTech, things seem to go in waves for no apparent reason. For example : July has seen a large number of broken notebook screens sent in for repair, whereas the month before it was notebook hard disc failures.


We want to briefly touch upon notebooks and the myriad of issues that do and will occur with them due to their portable nature.


Screen breakages, hard disc failures, power connector breaks, power supply failures, and water damage are the most common issues we’re faced with when trying to repair notebooks that come into us at the office. Most of the time it’s a distraught owner with their home PC who has no backups of their data and kids photos, or a 2 year-old who has been pressing buttons to no end.


Notebooks (up until about a year ago) historically contained a SATA ‘legacy’ hard drive that contains the platters and heads that have to move back and forth to read and write your data and are prone to damage due to shock/wear and tear etc, and generally look like this :



Here in 2013 though, we’re lucky that a technology which replaces the moving parts of ye olde HDD is here. SSD or Solid State Hard Drives are here, they’re cost effective, have no moving parts and they’re FAST!


Solid State Drives have been around for a number of years now, but have always been cost prohibitive until very recently.


The advantage of Solid State Drives is that they have no moving parts at all, and just like your USB data keys rely solely on reading and writing data very quickly to chips instead of moving discs.



The benefits don’t stop there.


SSD uses 2-3watts of power meaning an extra 30mins of notebook battery life! SSD also takes a median average of 16-22 secs to boot Windows compared with 40-120+ secs.


SSD’s can get your data in to RAM 3x faster, which means a more responsive computer.


The Samsung SSD drives we have available start at $155 / 120GB, $265 / 250GB and $718 for 512GB.


So even if your computer is about 2-3 years old, it might be worthwhile the investment in a new SSD upgrade for your laptop or even destkop. Give us a call for more information!


Until next month!


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