Buying a computer? Ask these 3 questions!

Written by Adam Fletcher

1. Why do you need a computer?

Whether you are a new user or advanced one, whether this is your first computer or second (or even third), be clear as to why you want a computer before you even think of buying one.

How will you use your computer? Are you only interested in browsingrepparttar Internet and checking e-mail? Do you plan to use your PC as a programming machine? Do desktop publishing or video editing feature on your agenda? Or is it a gaming rig? What is a computer?

Consider these factors before stepping into a hardware shop.

The basic components of a computer system arerepparttar 148580 motherboard (containingrepparttar 148581 processor and memory), keyboard, mouse, monitor, diskette drive, CD-ROM drive and hard drive.

In addition, there are several other types of devices you may or may not need. A trackball, joy stick, modem, tape drive, zip drive, printer, plotter, scanner, sound card and speakers, television card and video capture card, to name a few.

Whether you buy these will depend on what you needrepparttar 148582 computer for and which software applications you intend to use.

Rememberrepparttar 148583 golden rule:repparttar 148584 fastest or most expensive computer is not necessarilyrepparttar 148585 one you need.

Finally,repparttar 148586 length of time that you plan to ownrepparttar 148587 computer before replacing it will also help determine which computer to buy.

2. What is your budget?

This isrepparttar 148588 next thing you need to be certain of. How much are you willing to spend on a PC?

After you arrive at a figure, keep a margin of a few thousands. It will give you some room for flexibility. If you are short on money when you buy your computer and cannot add allrepparttar 148589 peripherals you want, be smart. Hardware:

Buy as much as you can afford. Don't cut corners onrepparttar 148590 main system unit (monitor, processor, memory, disk space).

Remember, you wantrepparttar 148591 computer to last at least four years. You don't want to run out of disk space or memory inrepparttar 148592 very first year, all because you trimmed down onrepparttar 148593 memory or got a smaller hard drive.

Hard disk capacity matters a great deal as it takes no time for data to fillrepparttar 148594 available space. A 40 GB hard disk is sufficient disk space, but 80 GB isrepparttar 148595 standard recommendation.

Random Access Memory isrepparttar 148596 amount of memory available for use by programmes on a computer. One ofrepparttar 148597 important factors to ensurerepparttar 148598 smooth running of your system isrepparttar 148599 memory available.

The devastation of data loss - and what you can do about it

Written by Nick Carter

Almost everyone who uses a PC stores valuable data onrepparttar hard drive or other data storage device. Whether you use your PC for keeping personal accounts, contact details or important information or whether you are a business user and keep vital business information, contact details and company data on your PCrepparttar 148313 risk of data loss is a big risk and could prove very costly inrepparttar 148314 long run.

With true data loss, your only hope of recovery is a data backup, and without one there is no way back. If you have company data on your home PC, data that is vital torepparttar 148315 operation of a company orrepparttar 148316 effective servicing of a customer data loss will inevitably lose you or your company money. It looks unprofessional, if you donít have a backup and inevitably leads torepparttar 148317 loss of not only money but clients as well. It can even land you in court facing a lawsuit.

What is data loss?

Data loss isrepparttar 148318 loss of data stored on your hard drive or other data storage device. It can occur because one or more of many different reasons and can be recoverable or, inrepparttar 148319 worst-case scenario, completely unrecoverable. It is a very real problem that we must try to combat in order to successfully run our business or maintain our home computers.

The most usual reasons for data loss are down to poor use and manufacturing defaults. Whilerepparttar 148320 latter may not be your own fault, there is little solace to be found in that when you loserepparttar 148321 last 12 months of work from your hard drive.

Poor use or misuse ofrepparttar 148322 hard drive.

Many modern hard drives are not only versatile but durable as well, however, this doesnít completely alleviaterepparttar 148323 danger of data loss. Spilt liquids, vibration or collision can result in damage ofrepparttar 148324 hard drive itself or even in one ofrepparttar 148325 components ofrepparttar 148326 hard drive. This will inevitably lead to some loss of data

Manufacturing defects of your hard drive.

Evenrepparttar 148327 most careful of user may find they have problems with their hard drive, or any part of their PC for that matter. Sometimes we simply canít avoid it. Statistically, 1 or 2 bad hard drives are found in hundreds of rigorously tested devices shipped by manufacturers. Defects in any part of your PC can manifest themselves immediately or they may only come torepparttar 148328 fore after months and months of heavy usage. Either way, it is quite often possible to recover part or even all ofrepparttar 148329 lost data.

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