#940 - How Do I Tell If My Hard Drive Is Too Old?
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Aging Hard Drives
How do you know when it'll die? It seems like there should be some rule of thumb, or test we can run, or some other indication that it might be time to replace it.
One would think.
The unfortunate reality is that, while there are sometimes signs, they're not signs that can be counted on. Lack of a warning means ... nothing.
How Do I Tell If My Hard Drive Is Too Old? has more on why, and what to do about it.
Also this week:
- Do you need more RAM?
- Switching from Edge to Chrome.
- Twitter's impending(?) doom.
- Gmail's "Last Account Activity."
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I had my own product update issues this week, and we discuss how not getting overwrought, but rather methodically approaching the problem quickly devised a workaround, as well, as notification of an eventual fix.
We also talk social media, Twitter, of course, but the more general topic of building anything using someone else's servers and services, and how that puts you at risk. And we gripe a little about tips, and suggested tips, when we visit restaurants.
How Do I Tell If My Hard Drive Is Too Old?
How to know when to replace it.
Age isn't the most important factor when evaluating hard disk risk of failure. I'll discuss what is, and what you should be doing to protect yourself.
Also This Week on Ask Leo!
Does My Computer Need a Memory Upgrade?
|A memory upgrade can be an easy, inexpensive way to improve system performance, but how do you know if an upgrade is called for?|
How Do I Switch From Edge to Chrome?
|It's easy to start using the Chrome internet browser instead of Edge, and I'll show you how. Unfortunately, Edge may still make occasional appearances.|
Prepare for Twitter's Death
|Twitter seems on rocky ground. If you have a Twitter account, you might want to take steps, just in case.|
What is Last Account Activity in Gmail?
|Gmail makes your account activity available to you in case you're concerned about unauthorized access.|
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How Do I Tell If My Hard Drive Is Too Old?Age isn't the most important factor when evaluating hard disk risk of failure. I'll discuss what is, and what you should be doing to protect yourself.
Twitter Death? Prepare!In this segment from The TEH Podcast I discuss the critical step Twitter account holders need to do, regardless of whether they plan to leave Twitter.
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