One of the things that always amazes me is how often people try to extend the life of a computer system for as long as they possibly can.
They’ll put up with random crashes, slow downs, and out of date software, all to avoid the cost of a new computer and the changes to what they have become used to.
Quite often we are told that they’ll hold onto the machine “until it dies”.
It sounds great in theory, to eke out every last bit from your computer, a machine that a few years ago you may have spent thousands on.
Sounds like the car they bought from the used car dealer…
Unfortunately, this is not the best way to look at a computer, especially in a business environment.
There are a host of reasons why you should be considering regular upgrades to your hardware, if not outright replacement, especially after a system has gone past 3 years of use.
We can look at cost to replace versus cost to maintain, the ease of use and security of new operating systems and software versus old, and even explain how the basic skills with computers allow people to transition to newer equipment more easily than they might imagine.
There is however, one very big reason that eclipses all others. It’s well and good to say you want to wait until the computer dies but…you never know when that is going to happen.
From our experience, a computer never dies at a time that is convenient to you.
Even if you are diligent with your backups, recovery from a dead computer, whether it be damaged hard drive, fried motherboard or burnt out power supply, is always more difficult and time consuming then a well-planned upgrade from functional equipment.
If your old system is functional, there are free tools that can assist with moving data from old to new quite easily, without fear of losing years of information or having to hope and pray your backup has been working.
If you wait until that emergency when your computer dies, you need to stress about not just if you can get all your data back, but how long it is going to take and just how much more you have to spend to get back up and working again.
There is never a convenient time for a computer to die. It’s never going to happen at just the right time when you are prepared to replace it.
Take stock of what you have, look at how old the equipment is, how out of date your software is and consider whether you’ve got the investment back that you made in all of it.
It may be time to consider those upgrades at a time that is dictated by you, and not by the emergency waiting in the wings.