Spring cleaning my computer

My laptop is my work buddy. If anything goes wrong with it, I will lose all my precious data which will also affect my work as a freelance writer. This is why I make it a point to take care of it. Then again, one of the things that I keep putting off is spring cleaning because I always have work to do. It was only this weekend when I finally had the time to clean and take out the garbage, so to speak.

Below are the steps I took:

  • Dusting and cleaning my laptop's body. I used a cotton cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol to wipe its surface. Then, I used a vacuum cleaner (mine has a dedicated spout for computer cleaning) to suck all the dust under the keypads.
  • Backing up and transferring old files to my external hard drive. I'm glad that I still have a lot of space in my 500 GB WD external hard drive. I transferred all the old photos and documents and deleted them from my system afterwards.
  • Performing a full system scan. I have a scheduled quick virus scan every weekend but I rarely perform full system scans.

My computer is now ready for another round of toxic writing tasks. I hope I can already afford to buy a document management software so I can save all my stuff because it will only take a few months before my external hard drive reaches its limit.

How about you? When was the last time you got rid of the clutter in your computer?

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