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The Benefits of Restarting Your Digital Device

You might remember the days of blowing into a Nintendo 64 game cartridge to remove the dust and hopefully have your game work properly, but that was simply a placebo effect that led you to believe there was a  performance increase. However, when IT guides, Geek Squad and neighborhood computer repair technicians ask, “did you restart your computer?” It is more than a placebo, it actually works.

You might not realize it, but your computer is constantly running a variety of applications in the background. These programs act like a hungry termite chewing on wood but, instead, it’s your RAM. Too many programs running in the background and too much RAM used causes your computer to perform slowly, freeze, and sometimes even lose documents and other files you did not save.

A computer restart is a lot like a nap after a long day at work. It allows the device to close programs that run in the background and allow it to awake refreshed. However, computers are not the only digital devices which benefit from a restart. Smartphones, tablets, gaming systems, smart TVs, smart speakers, internet routers and more all reap the same benefits of a system restart.

Restarting Your Computer to Troubleshoot

Restarting your computer can help fix a program that is locked up, a  program itself that has an error, and a program that is incompatible with a device driver or another program. Yet, before you press the power button, there are certain ways to properly restart your device.

First, unless absolutely necessary, never hold down the power button to restart your system. However, in some cases, holding down the power button on your other digital devices is typically the only way to power them off if the device is frozen.

If you have any open software that is responsive, make sure that you save all of your work first before restarting. Documents, images, and more might be lost if it is not saved on the hard drive and would require data recovery to get the files back. So, ensure that your files are saved before the next steps.

If you use a Windows Computer, first click on the start menu, second, click on the power icon, and third, click on the restart button. Unless you have a program running in the background that is unresponsive or are undergoing a system update, your computer should restart promptly following these steps.

For Mac users: in the upper left corner of your screen click on the tiny Apple icon. From there, you will see the restart option. Click on the restart button and your computer will reboot.

All Files Are Not Lost

If you continue to experience issues after multiple reboots of your computer, then there might be a bigger issue than what a reboot can solve. A failing hard drive or failing device is one possible explanation for your computer’s issues. Some common signs might be humming, whirring, or grating sounds that come from your device. There is still hope if your hard drive fails because SecureData Recovery can help. To set up a case and for free diagnostics, call us at 1-800-388-1266.

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