Preventative maintenance on PB

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by doctor pangloss, Jun 6, 2006.

  1. doctor pangloss macrumors regular

    Dec 30, 2004
    My 12" powerbook has been working well for 2 years now. I'd like to get another 2 years out of it.
    Is there internal cleaning or preventative maintenance to the hardware that's helps longevity?

    I've freed up a bunch of hard disc space because I heard it's not to good to run the PB at capacity. I keep many files on a lacie drive now.
  2. crees! macrumors 68000


    Jun 14, 2003
    I've had my PB for just about 2 1/2 years I believe. It still runs amazingly well. I have an external drive I use as an archive for those files/projects I need to keep but don't need to have taking up space on my drive. Plus it's partioned so I use the other half as a backup/clone of my PB.

    Whenever Apple releases a new major version of the OS (10.3, 10.4, 10.5,...) I backup and wipe the entire drive clean by writing zeros over it. Call it my spring cleaning whenever a new release comes out.

    Don't spill anything and you'll be set. I just bought a new battery because mine turned to crap and held about a 30 minute charge.

    That's about it really.
  3. yippy macrumors 68020


    Mar 14, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    For hardware? Essentially not a thing. Just take care of the battery by running it completely down at least once a month and you should be fine.

    When hardware breaks it happens for one of two reasons. 1) you dropped it/spilled on it/crushed it, ie abused it severly or 2) No reason at all, it will just die and would have died no matter what you did (usually a manufacturing defect).
  4. doctor pangloss thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 30, 2004
    Thanks for the tips. I've partitioned my external drive too good idea about the clone thing.

    I bought a second battery and have been alternating them and conditioning them periodically according to the manual. Good battery service so far.
    Between conditionings I try to keep them fully charged when I can.
  5. timswim78 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2006
    Baltimore, MD
    In addition to the good ideas that others have mentioned, here are some other ideas.

    - Do your best to keep the thing cool. I think that the best environment for a laptop is a smooth, flat surface. Using it on a blanket, lap, etc. can cause it to get hot because air is not moving freely.
    - Back up your data regularly. Hard disks often fail, usually without any warning. Getting data recovered from a failed disk can cost thousands of dollars, and the process can take days or weeks.
    - As far as the optical drive goes, only put clean discs into it. Dirty discs can foul up your laser and the moving parts in the optical drive.

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