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7 Warning Signs Of Ailing Computer & Server Hardware

by | May 27, 2015 | Productivity, Tech Tips

When your network fails it can disrupt your workday or sometimes bring your entire business to a screeching halt. So, if you’re worried about your technology, check for these 7 warning signs before your equipment fails completely.

Technology is an investment.

Most business owners spend a pretty penny on the technology they use everyday. This investment requires an ongoing commitment to maintain just like your car. Sure, you use a computer every day at work but is it up-to-date? Have you had any troubles lately? Here are a few common warning signs you can’t ignore:

1. Overall slowness.
While this can be caused from a variety of issues, the primary struggle we see is overload. Face it, your business is using a lot more technology today than it did 5 or 10 years ago. How often do your employees complain about slowdowns?

If you feel like you’re constantly troubleshooting, it may be time to reassess the foundation of your business. With larger software programs and more files to save, your entire network may be bogged down. Replacing your old server or moving to a cloud based solution can boost productivity for your entire organization.

2. Frequent freezing or the blue screen of death!
Everyone cringes at the thought of a blue screen. Yep, we all know that can’t be good, right? If your equipment freezes up frequently or you have seen a blue screen, make sure to backup your data fast! These warning signs generally indicate bad hardware or a failing hard drive. When the equipment does give out, everything on it will be lost forever.

3. Error Message: The following file is missing or corrupted… Have you seen this message? Or can’t find files you know you saved? This is typically a sign that your hard drive is on its last leg. Regardless of where you save your files, missing or corrupt files can indicate hardware failure on a laptop, desktop computer, printer, or server.

4. The click of death.
Do you continually hear a clicking noise coming from inside your equipment? Strange noises like this generally come from a machine that is failing. Hard drives and cooling units will click like a second hand on a clock. It’s almost fitting since it’s a sure sign that your time is running out. Noises like this are from parts running out of sync. They are rubbing or hitting something they shouldn’t. Don’t delay, backup your data and have your equipment checked right away.

5. File system issues.
If your file system is constantly switching things to read-only, it may be slowly deteriorating. Even after extensive repairs, an ailing server may continue to give you frequent file system errors like corruption or the read-only status changes. This is a warning sign that they entire server may be on it’s way out. Backup your data completely and frequently until you have a new solution in place.

6. Random shut downs.
Most equipment will shut down when they overheat. Assuming you have taken proper precautions to ensure ventilation for your machines, random shut downs generally mean hardware failure. Something in the equipment is not able to function properly and it queues the system to turn off. This is often a defense mechanism for the hardware to minimize data loss, prevent further damage, and demand attention.

7. Errors upon startup.
If you receive error messages when you start up your equipment, it needs a full assessment. This is a sure sign of infection or hardware failure. Don’t ignore these errors. They will have useful information to help your IT team assess the situation.

Never underestimate the benefits of an IT support contract.

Software and hardware companies offer support agreements to assist you when things fail. Keeping these contracts in place gives you manufacturer support during your time of need. Even if you have an IT guy, they will often have to contact the manufacturer when things go wrong with your software or computers. In some cases, agreements for support allow you to receive replacements for known failures. These agreements can save you valuable time and money when disaster strikes.

Computers fail. It’s not if, it’s when.

You shouldn’t have to be nervous about your technology. Verify your backups are working, check with each of your employees to see if they have seen any of these signs, and ask for help. Find a reliable IT resource to review all your equipment from top to bottom.

No one ever said IT would be easy.

Businesses are hard enough to run and grow without ongoing IT chaos getting in the way. So, click Get a Free Network Assessment or give us a call to ensure your equipment remains running like a well oiled machine: (847) 786-8788

 

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