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  1. 1. By: Donald Holyfield
  2. 2.  Performance of a hard disk starts to slow. Printer problems start to occur. Keyboard and mouse start not to work properly. To keep these problems from occurring invest in Cable management.
  3. 3.  To keep computer repair down try doing a little bit of preventative maintenance. Also clean your computer every 3 to 6 months. Depending on the environment you may need to clean it more or less.
  4. 4.  All computers will slow down the more you install uninstall and perform normal activities. With Microsofts Windows you a set of utilities that perform special functions. The utilities will defragment hard drives, delete temporary files, empty the Recycle Bin and remove cookies.
  5. 5.  Check your mouse and keyboard every once in a while. If you don’t food and other small particles can cause these devices not to work. I recommend using compressed air to clean the mouse and keyboard.
  6. 6.  With inkjet printers you should check to see if small amounts of dry ink are on the printer head. With laser printers you should clean them when print quality deteriorates or whenever you change the toner cartridge.
  7. 7.  After awhile you may need to upgrade your computer like adding memory. Also upgrade the keyboard by investing in a ergonomic keyboard. With these upgrades you will be more comfortable and your computer will run better.
  8. 8.  This happens when a piece of data is broken up into many pieces that are not stored close together. This will keep happening until you delete some files and add new ones.
  9. 9.  The Recycle Bin is a holding area for files and folders before their final deletions. In the Recycle Bin their would be files that can be deleted from the hard disk. Whether accidentally or intentionally after you delete a file from your Recycle Bin you cannot restore it.
  10. 10.  Cable Management- A technique or kit that gathers cables together and stores them so they are not a hazard. Corona Wires- Wire used to generate a field of positive charges on the surfaces of the drum and the paper. Defragmentation- A utility that reduces the amount of fragmentation by physically organizing the contents of the disk to store the pieces of each file contiguously. Ergonomic Keyboard- A keyboard that allows for a more natural positioning of your arms and hands. Fragmentation- Files that are not stored in contiguous clusters, but rather are divided into subparts and stored in different disk locations, it takes longer for a disk drive to access fragmented files than un fragmented files. Maintenance- Task you perform to keep equipment in working order. Recycle Bin- A holding area for files and folders before their final deletion from a storage device. Sectors- Divisions on a magnetic media used for storing digital information. Seek Time- The time it takes for a read/write head to move to a specific data track; one of delays associated with reading or writing data on a computer disk drive. Touchpad- A pointing device you can use instead of a mouse. Wireless Keyboard- A keyboard that uses radio or infrared frequencies to connect to a computer rather than a cable.