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Does always pushing a computer hard affect its life?

I usually push my computers very hard. I generally have very high CPU (generally 80-100%), RAM and Disk usage whenever I use it. I often have lots of tabs open and run intensive programs. I have done ...
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Using a SD card as a pendrive

Does using any SD card (along with a reader) in the same way as USB flash pendrive give lower lifespan to it? Or, could it also depend on the type of SD card (and reader)?
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Windows Defender — 100% Disk Usage

I have recently upgraded my laptop from Windows 7 to Windows 8, and now 8.1. After the upgrade I observed a very high disk usage periodically (almost every day), caused by some weird ...
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Data safety: How error-prone are SSDs compared to HDDs

I recently bought an SSD (http://www.samsung.com/de/consumer/m/MZ-7TE250KW). When I tell this to other people, I always get warnings in reply: "SSDs highly error-prone. save your data on a magnetic ...
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Is it benificial to shutdown a computer while not in use? [duplicate]

Often times I leave my computer on while waiting for a process, such as a large download, to complete. It's a superstition of mine to turn the computer off as soon as possible after the task has ...
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How to enable different ACPI Sleep Modes with Asus UEFI BIOS

I'm using a new asus motherboard which supports ACPI 2.0a, and am running Windows 8. I'm trying to figure out how to maximize energy efficiency and component lifespan. This computer is only used for ...
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Can zero-filling reset wear leveling of USB sticks / Flash drives?

As I understand it wear-leveling on USB-sticks / Flash-drives will: help to make the last longer. (reduce the "wear-out", that a physical flash cell can only be writen to XX times) can only really ...
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Used HDD/ran DiskSmartView/40,000 Power-on-hours?? should i trust it w/ my data, or take it back and bitch? [closed]

I just bought a used hard drive from a University Surplus Store. Decided to run DiskSmartView to make sure it wasn't ready to fail. 40,000 power-on-hours I don't know if I feel like trusting my ...
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does dimming a ccfl reduce its lifetime

I just replaced my ccfl lamp in the laptop. I had recently been running it a bit dimmed, thinking that might reduce power and have the laptop run a bit cooler, and shortly after that it burnt out ...
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Do higher-capacity SSDs last longer?

I've been wondering about this for some time: Do higher-capacity SSDs last longer than smaller ones of the same type under the same operating operations? I would want to believe so because a larger ...
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Does Having Computer Running Idle Impact Solid-State Drive's Life Expectancy?

As long as computer is operating, OS constantly performs small writes to storage medium. This is what I have not paid attention to earlier until I saw total writes in CrystalDiskInfo, Intel Toolbox ...
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Is the performance of a CPU affected as it ages? [closed]

This is a hypothetical question about how a CPU operates. If I purchase two identical CPUs, and use one long term (say one year), will it be identical in speed to the unused CPU? Will the number of ...
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How many times can data be read from a USB flash drive?

While I am aware that performing writes on a USB flash drive degrades the life expectancy of the device. I have heard the quantity of writes is anywhere from 100 thousand to 10 million, but I have ...
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What is the minimum length of time it is worth hibernating my laptop? [closed]

I have a Windows XP laptop. I rarely reboot and usually just hibernate it when I'm finished using it. If I'm going for lunch for an hour for example, I will always hibernate. However, if I'm just ...
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How is SSD lifetime affected by usage pattern and amount of free space?

It is known that SSDs are relatively very limited in the number of writes they can take before starting to slow down or otherwise deteriorate. Suppose I have a 250GB SSD with 225GB of files which are ...
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How to correctly partition usb flash drive and which filesystem to choose considering wear leveling?

Two problems. First one: how to partition the flash drive? I shouldn't need to do this, but I'm no longer sure if my partition is properly aligned since I was forced to delete and create a new ...
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improving a heavily used LCD's screen life, some questions

I have a 24 inch LCD and the LCD display of my laptop which are extensively used, so i cannot save the screen by keeping it turned (using less). I have already set the display options to shut down the ...
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What is the expected lifetime of a flat screen LCD monitor?

I am looking to get a second monitor for my home PC. I have a used Dell 2407 on hand cheap, but it's four years old. How long can I expect an LCD like that to live ? Can I expect to get a couple of ...
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What happens when an SSD wears out?

Since SSDs are still fairly new, there isn't a history of posts saying "I reached my writes limit on 10% of my SSD... – and here is what happened (I.e. I lost 3 directories of work files. The entire ...
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What's the technical reason why exFAT gives longer life expectancy to flash drives, than NTFS?

I might not have searched around really hard enough the answer of this, my question, but I really would like to know why.
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How long can laptops stay safely off? [closed]

Are there any concerns regarding the battery or other components when a laptop stays off for a long period of time? (in ranges of weeks, months or years). More specifically, I am interested in: ...
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Can keeping my CPU speed at “high performance/turbo” all the time decrease its lifespan?

Can keeping my CPU speed at “high performance/turbo” all the time decrease its lifespan? And if so, what would be its expected route of failure if it does happen?
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Evaluating power supplies

I want a way to evaluate and get a score of how well a power supply is functioning, without removing the power supply from the computer. Background Where I work, we still have a bunch of 6-8 year ...
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Is it okay to have 100% CPU usage constantly?

I often do 3D rendering in the background which consumes 100% of the CPU (I lower the priority of the process so that it does not hinder any tasks I am working on). My concern/question is whether it ...
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Too much processing able to kill Macbook Pro?

Is running a Macbook Pro through a lot of program processing stressing the lifetime of the computer? I am creating lots of videos and then converting them to MPEG-4 format. I know that video ...
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LCD Lifespan: Does “frequently” (10 times a day) turning on/off LCD shortens its lifespan (especially in winter)?

By default Windows 7 turns of (stand by) monitor every 20 minutes. So I guess, it should be OK to turn off LCD (manually push the power button) when I need to leave for over 20 minutes. In this ...
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How to prevent programs (e.g. Process Monitor) from killing my SSD in 2 weeks?

I just got my first SSD - Intel 320 Series 120GB yesterday. And I have SSDLife monitoring in the background. I have TRIM enabled. After I have installed all software, and did some basic testings. ...
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What is the lifespan of DVD and Blu-ray discs?

Given that they are protected from light, humidity and excessive heat & cold, what is the lifespan range of DVD and Blu-ray discs?
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**How** harmful is a hard disk spin cycle?

It is conventional wisdom¹ that each time you spin a hard disk down and back up, you shave some time off its life expectancy. The topic has been discussed before: Is turning off hard disks harmful? ...
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How do you make your hard drive last as long as possible?

I'm having some drives that seems to die soon. Doesn't feel like I have had them that long, so starting to wonder if I could have done something to make them last longer. So, what are some good ...
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Is it still necessary to shut down computers?

Nowadays with our modern operating systems, is it necessary to fully shutdown computers instead of choosing to stand-by or hibernate computers (desktops and laptops)? Would there be any side-effects ...
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For how long should I expect my hardware to work?

I got this old box with windows xp home. It works perfectly, except the occasional blue-screen when shutting down the machine. How long should I expect this, or any, machine to work, when will the ...
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Should I use UPS with my laptop to extend the battery life?

I recently bought a new Vaio laptop which has a 4400 mAh battery. I will use it at home most of the time, and I have an unused uninterruptible power supply (UPS). Should I remove the battery and ...
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Will constantly deleting and adding to my Memory Stick Duo affect its performance and lifespan?

I constantly delete and add data on my Memory Stick Duo because I watch movies on PSP. Does constantly deleting and adding movies on a Memory Stick Duo degrade its performance? Do the constant ...
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Is there a lifespan for a dvd rom drive?

Specifically a liteon dvd multi recorder. Which can burn and read dvd's. Is there a specific number of burns which you can use? And after that, the burner will no longer work? Do you know of any ...
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Is there a definitive lifespan estimate for Intel MLC Drives

I wanted to buy the new Intel X-25m g2 (80/160 GB) drives, and before I bought that I wanted to know what is the average life span of these drives. I know that the SLC drives last over 40-50 years, ...
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Does vertical position affect the lifespan or integrity of a hard drive?

I've noticed on many small PC cases that the hard drives are installed vertically. In midi cases, towers and others of a larger housing, they are in the horizontal position. What impact on a hard ...
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How long do Lithium Ion batteries normally last?

On the laptop I have, I've had to buy a new Li-Ion batter roughly every year. I do use this computer quite a lot, but I'm wondering if this is normal. Right now, my battery is completely dead (it ...