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Computer Repairs: How to Prepare for the Inevitable

These days, computer repairs can be done almost everywhere and anywhere and by anyone, of course. However, the risks of your computer getting into a much worse condition is also the main reason why you are having second thoughts. It's obvious that we are always in front of our computers getting a variety of stuff done. So as much as possible, our computer should always be at its optimal form. If you are a little clingy with your computer, might as well prepare for the worse because our most reliable machine could get a little tired at times.


People always rely to their computer when they need to get something done, that's how important technology is these days. But sometimes things might get out of hand and our trusted computer might not do all of its duties in one piece. If you are planning on getting computer services to get your precious gadget fixed, you should at least prep your PC beforehand.


We cannot judge, but at times there might be mishaps that could happen when you have your computer fixed by technicians or computer repair shops that you don't really know very well. Reputable repair shops might intimidate you and you might think twice with regards to the price. Because of doubts, you also might resort to getting your computer fixed by unlicensed, unprofessional technicians in cheap repair shops. With regards to fixing your gadgets, cheap is not always good and you should always try to find an honest and reliable person or group to fix your computer.


One very important thing you should do before turning in your PC to the hands of computer troubleshooters is to wipe every personal data including passwords. One of the many reasons why it is called "personal" computer is because it has a lot of important and private information pertaining to its owner. People who will be troubleshooting your computer may need to modify Windows, which could grant them semi-access to your administrator account. They probably do not want to snoop on your personal stuff but they could easily zero out on deleting the files on your hard drive by accident or out of incompetence. Doing the right precautions could save your PC from having a disastrous time in computer repair shops.


When you have decided on which computer services shop you go to, always be open to their suggestions and weigh the pros and cons before zeroing in on a decision. Since having your computer fixed in a service center is inevitable, you should at least choose the best computer repair shop.


Most computer repairs allow servicing your PC at your own house, but there are instances that they would really take your computer to their workshop. If you have a spare laptop while your desktop computer is being serviced, better put your workfiles in a cloud-based storage account. You could use OneDrive, Evernote, Dropbox or Box; this way you could access your files even though your computer is being serviced. Any changes made will be fine and will be synced to the computer that you are having fixed when you have it back.


Go grab an external hard drive because you will be needing to back up the hard drive (internal) of the computer that is getting fixed. If in any case that the computer troubleshooters may need to wipe your internal hard drive, you could still restore your files. This alternative is only good if the issue of your hard drive or computer is minimal. Usually, tech guys recommend wiping, restoring and reinstalling everything that is on your hard drive. You could ask them of course if doing a back up is an excellent idea, they still have authority when it comes to technical matters.


Also, since your computer is kinda like a vessel of everything virtually important, you should protect highly sensitive files before getting your PC serviced. For very busy people, their smartphones and computers are what they rely on. Their tax forms, credit card statements, bank accounts, and even their phone bills are saved on their computer. For these people, it is best to encrypt these kinds of files before getting the computer serviced. If you have TrueCrypt already installed in your computer, you could continue using its older versions before it was shut down. But actually there are several encryption tools out there that you could use aside from TrueCrypt. If your PC has a Windows 8 or a Windows 8.1 Pro operating system, then you could try BitLocker. It is also available on Windows Vista and Windows 7 Ultimate PC's.


For Mac devices, OS X has its own encryption tool called FileVault 2 applicable for OS X 10.7 versions or later. On the other hand if you are using Linux on your PC, you could opt for its built in Linux Unified Key Setup (LUKS).


Encrypting your files is fine, but you could also opt for wiping your files securing especially if you have it backed up. There are several software tools you could use to securely wipe your files. We recommend Eraser, which is integrated with Windows Explorer. All you have to do is install it and right-click a file you want wiped, and click on "Erase". Another option would be using CCLeaner after deleting your files the conventional way. It will readily overwrite your hard drive's free space.

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Prepping your PC for inevitable service repairs should include making it accessible. The computer troubleshooters might need to boot your PC, so you might as well disable your Windows logon password.


If you are aware that your computer has multiple and complicated issues, tell the technician about it right away. Computer technicians are not mind readers, they might crack codes but they still need all the information you could give to them pertaining to your device in order to fix it.


Personal tip, it would be nice and helpful if you clean the hardware of your computer daily. Not only it will keep the hardware in its optimal state but it will also help if there's an instance of bringing your PC to a computer repair shop. Nobody wants to encounter a dusty device. Not only it will keep the physical appearance of your computer in tip-top form, it will also minimize hardware failure.


If your computer matters a lot to you and you don't really like having it transported to a computer repair shop to have it fixed, then always take care of it software and hardware wise. Install a good antivirus program, always check for suspicious files, don't download useless stuff that could only congest your disk space and permit entry of pesky Malware.