by Vladimir Sobur
Posted April 17, 2016 in Newsletter
At LaptopMD it is not uncommon to see consumers who have lost their data when their computers malfunctioned or crashed. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence and can happen to anyone. Regardless of how new or old your PC, Macbook or Smartphone is, there are various reasons that your hard drive could be irreparably damaged, making it difficult for even the most skilled professionals to restore it.
In today’s technology-driven age, relying on a hard drive is simple not enough. Utilizing an online storage and backup system is essential in keeping your data safe.
What is Online Backup
Cloud backup, also known as online backup, is a strategy for backing up data that involves sending a copy of the data over a proprietary or public network to an off-site server. The server is usually hosted by a third-party service provider, who charges the backup customer a fee based on capacity, bandwidth or number of users.
The main advantage is that the data is off your computer, so that if something happens to your hard drive, you can simply restore your data from the Internet.
How Online Backup Works
At first, it can look a little bit complicated but using our outline below you’ll find out how it works without any problems.
- Provider. The journey begins with the provider of service. Now we have so many choices which can be suitable even for the most demanding customer. When you are done choosing, let`s go further.
- Account. This step is very simple. There are two types of them: business or personal.It depends on your needs. Make a choice, right? We are going to the next level;
- Capacity. We guess this is pretty understandable too. The online backup can be any size. Also the volume of your data will determine your monthly payment.
- Software. Go to the website of your online backup service, download their software and install it.By the way, almost every company proposes a free trial from 15 to 30 days. So you will be able to use the software for free and pretty quickly understand is this right for you or not.How secure is it? No worries about the data at all. You will have a personal password which be known only by you. Even the company’s staff have no access to it.
- How often do you need to do backup? You will be able to set up time of back up, type of files (photo, video, music, contracts or only certain folders) and the software will do it in a particular time or set up a time it automatically (preferably at night because it will slow down the connection of your laptop/pc).
- Which operating systems can it be used on? The software works almost with every OS, some services even work on iPhone and Android.
- Types of back up. Other options allow you to specify whether backups should be full, incremental, or differential. Full means everything is copied. Incremental backups only copy files that changed since the last backup, which saves on system resources. With differential backups, you schedule a periodic full backup, and the differential backup captures all changes made to it. With differential backups you only need the last full backup and the last set of differential backups.
- Restoring From Backup. With backup software, you just tell it where backups are saved and run the restore option. The way your backup has been saved affects how you restore it. Also you will be able to have an access to your data from any point of the planet, of course if you have the Internet connection.
Overall, the key thing to keep in mind is that eventually, technology fails. Hard drives are notorious for expiring. Malware and viruses can further complicate file recovery, making content inaccessible. Other problems such as fires, flooding, theft, and disasters outside of your control can deem our devises inoperable.
As society becomes more and more dependent on the use of technology to serve our everyday needs, digital content and personal assets are invaluable. Don’t fall victim to lost documents, plans, financial spreadsheets, family photos, videos, or music because you did not backup your files. If you are interested how it works and would like to install an online backup for your hard drive, contact us today! We specialize in any related data recovery issues and repairs.
by Vladimir Sobur
Posted April 7, 2016 in Buying Guides, Computer, Newsletter, Processor
At LaptopMD, we encounter just about every consumer electronics problem you could imagine on a regular basis. For the most part, there aren’t many technical snafus we can’t rectify. However, some laptops are simply beyond fixing for one reason or another.
In that case, it’s time to upgrade to a new machine. Use the following laptop buying checklist we’ve put together to guide your decision the next time you need a new laptop.
Step #1 – Pick a Platform: Windows or Mac
Probably the most important decision you’ll make is the default operating system that a laptop comes with.
For most consumers, it’s basically a choice between Windows 10 and Mac OS X.
Step#2 – Do you want 2-in-1?
The main decision to make nowadays when it comes to mobile computers is between a standard laptop and a hybrid. A normal laptop has a permanently attached keyboard while a hybrid usually has a detachable keyboard. The Microsoft Surface Pro 4, the iPad Pro, Lenovo Yoga 900 are usually given as examples of the latter.
Step#3 – Choose a Size That’s Right for You
Since it’s an inherently mobile device, a laptop must be perfectly suited to its user on the basis of size and weight.
- 11 to 12 inches: The thinnest and lightest systems around have 11- to 12-inches screens and typically weigh 2.5 to 3.5 pounds. Examples – Surface Pro 4, Macbook 12;
- 13 to 14 inches: Provides the best balance of portability and usability if you get a laptop that weighs under 4 pounds Examples – Macbook Air 13, Dell XPS 13;
- 15 inches: The most popular size, 15 inch laptops weigh 4.5 to 6.5 pounds. Consider this size if you want a larger screen and you are not planning to carry your laptop around often. Examples – Macbook Pro 15, Asus Zenbook Pro UX501.
Step#4 – Find a Machine That’s Powerful Enough
The CPU and on-board RAM of a laptop will dictate what you can do with it in the field.. The key is to thoroughly peruse laptop benchmarks before buying.
- Intel Core i3/i5: If you are looking for a mainstream laptop with the best combination of price and performance, get a Core i5. Core i3 is a small step down.
- Intel Core i7: High-end performance for gaming rigs and workstations.
- Intel Core m3/ m5/ m7: Low-power and low heat allow systems with these processors to go fanless. Performance is better than Celeron, but a notch below Core i3/ i5.
Step#5 – Find a Machine with the Right Longevity
A laptop that can’t run as long as you’d like when it’s off the cord won’t do you much good. While a Macbook should be good for 10 hours or more under normal circumstances, a solid laptop usually won’t last much longer than five.
Some particularly efficient yet robust hybrids may be able to run for 8 hours or so on a single charge before eventually sapping their battery power.
Step#6 – Select a Laptop That Fits Your Budget
Finally, the right laptop is one that ticks all of the aforementioned boxes at a price that fits your budget. That range could be anywhere from $500 to 3000$. Knowing what you want and what you’re able to get for the money that you’re willing to part with is the key.
Shop around a little once you’ve dialed in your preferred specifications to avoid being ripped off on any given option.
Making Your Laptop Go the Distance
Finally you’ve found the perfect laptop for you. It would be awesome if all your data, pictures, notes, and music appeared on your new machine seamlessly as well as a pre-installed anti-virus program. Unfortunately it can be complicated for many users to do this by themselves. When you have an issue like this the friendly and experienced staff at LaptopMD is on your side.
by Vladimir Sobur
Posted April 4, 2016 in Newsletter
Does your computer runs slowly? Does it take forever to load web pages? Do you think that your PC could benefit from an upgrade?
The SSD (solid state drive) is being used in lieu of the traditional hard drive for these very reasons.
Why do you need SSD?
Switching from the traditional hard drive to the SSD has its share of benefits. One benefit is that the system is more resistant to shock. Quieter and faster operation makes the system preferable to the hard drive. Other advantages include lower access time and far less latency.
The performance gains across the board make it worth the investment for those who desire a faster, efficient PC experience.
Harder.Better. Faster. Stronger.
||HDD (Hard Disk Drive)
||SSD (Solid State Drive)
|File Opening Speed
||Slower than SSD
||Up to 30% faster than HDD
|File Copy / Write Speed
||The range can be anywhere from 50 – 120MB / s
||Generally above 200 MB/s and up to 550 MB/s for cutting edge drives
|Operating System Boot Time
||Around 30-40 seconds average boot up time
||Around 10-13 seconds average boot up time
||Mean time between failure rate of 1.5 million hours
||Mean time between failure rate of 2.0 million hours
|Power Draw / Battery Life
||More power draw, averages 6 – 7 watts and therefore uses more battery
||Less power draw, averages 2 – 3 watts, resulting in 30+ minute battery boost
||Typically around 500GB and 2TB maximum for notebook size drives; 6TB max for desktops
||Typically not larger than 1TB for notebook size drives; 1TB max for desktops
||Audible clicks and spinning can be heard
||There are no moving parts and as such no sound
||The spinning of the platters can sometimes result in vibration
||No vibration as there are no moving parts
||HDD doesn’t produce much heat, but it will have a measurable amount more heat than an SSD due to moving parts and higher power draw
||Lower power draw and no moving parts so little heat is produced
Ask an expert!
The main advantage to using this type of system is that it can boot a system and process large volumes of files in a fraction of the time. In about 15 seconds, the system can be up and running. The other advantage is its durability. The lack of moving parts and its resistance to shock and extreme temperatures make it a much more secure storage alternative.
Those who rely on resource intensive solutions or simply want a more efficient PC experience upgrade to the SSD system. So you will get almost a new and very quick working device for a very reasonable price.
by Vladimir Sobur
Posted March 28, 2016 in Newsletter
Perhaps this has happened to you… your beloved smartphone took the infamous swim in the toilet. Or perhaps while juggling a dozen things and getting into the car, you inadvertently left your brand-new tablet on the roof.
If so, fear not: this has happened to just about everybody. Read below for some real-world misfortunes that have similarly befallen beloved electronic devices.
So, mine is more unfortunate than funny, but I guess I’ll share.Back when I had an iPhone 5, I had to go to a work event one night that I didn’t really want to go to, and as I was getting out of the car, I dropped my naked iPhone, shattering the screen. I spent the rest of the evening silently fuming and probably wasn’t very good company. The 5s had just been released and I was able to get an upgrade, so I went ahead and ordered myself one. My daughter still had an iPhone 4, so she got my 5 with the cracked screen. I got her a Lifeproof case and you could hardly tell it was cracked
. I promised repeatedly that I would get around to getting it fixed, but that never happened.
As the launch of the 6 was approaching, she became more and more excited that she would get my 5s and not have to have a phone with a cracked screen any more. Then, the night before my new iPhone arrived, I was leaving the house to get pizza. My wife had just bought a new car, and I grabbed her spare key as my car was in the garage while her’s was in the drive. I was standing at the front door when I noticed the dealer tag was still hanging from the spare key. So, holding the spare key in my left hand and my iPhone in my right, I grabbed hold of the dealer tag and pulled. And pulled. And then I pulled some more. The dealer tag snapped, I lost hold of my iPhone and basically hurled it at the ground as hard as I could. The screen shattered into a hundred pieces, and I was incandescent with rage.The next day while I was at work with my new iPhone 6,
my wife took my iPhone 5s to a local store, where they undid my stupidity for the low cost of $120. Still, I had my new phone, and my daughter finally had a phone without a cracked screen. All was right with the world. Until two days later, when she dropped her newly-repaired iPhone and cracked the screen.
In one store in Oklahoma
Me: “Hi! How can I help you today?”
Customer: “I would like to purchase a laptop but want to customize it a little bit.”
Me: “Okay, great I can help you with that!” (I pulled up her account, pull up the laptop that she wants to customize.)
Customer: “Okay, I want 3gb of memory, 160gb hard-drive, oh and also, can you please move the ‘delete’ key next to the space bar? I hate having to go to the top of the keyboard to press that.”
Story # 3
– (I work in a technology help desk fixing computers. A preteen girl brings in her laptop. The entire left side is damaged, and quite badly.)
– Girl: “My laptop isn’t working and I don’t know why.”
– Me: “Well, it may have to do with the damage on the side.”
– Girl: “What damage?”
Me: “The entire left side of your laptop is smashed up.”
– Girl: *surprised* “Oh! When did that happen?”
– Me: “Have you dropped it recently?”
– Girl: “Well, yeah, I’m really klutzy, so I tend to drop it out of my car when I go to school.”
– Me: “Okay. Well, we can take a look at it and try to fix it for you so your laptop works again. In the future, try not to drop your laptop so much.”
– Girl: “Oh, is it bad to drop it a lot?”
Almost all “disasters” can be fixed
Unfortunately, disasters like cracked glass, water damage, and malevolent downloads are not uncommon. That’s why it’s important to have trusted professionals
on your side. And fortunately, LaptopMD offers a plethora of solutions to remedy your disaster. You can count on them for friendly customer service, convenient business options, and a variety of specialized repairs and services–all at very competitive pricing!
by Vladimir Sobur
Posted in Newsletter
At LaptopMD, we’ve been treating any and all devices since 1999. We’ve always taken pride in the quality of our work and our technicians strive to keep every client satisfied. No matter what is wrong with your device, we will be happy to take a look at it and get the problem fixed.
As we’ve received hundreds of positive reviews from our customers, together with awards from some of the most prestigious tech publications, you will always have the assurance that your electronic devices are in good hands when you bring them in for service.
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Did you drop your iPhone 6 and end up with a badly broken screen? Did your cat decide to use your phone’s screen as a scratching post and it now looks like a total mess?
Don’t worry, our iPhone 6 screen replacement service is now only $125 and lets you get your iPhone looking and working like new.
We can fix almost everything
LaptopMDis the top choice for smartphone repair services in the heart of Manhattan. If you have any problem with your mobile device, don’t hesitate to bring it in so that one of our qualified technicians can quickly get it to work perfectly again.
In addition to providing quality iPhone repair services, we can also fix laptop and desktop computers, tablets, MP3 players and more.