Staff writer Kayli Watson spoke with Peter Bolish, manager of the UNC Computer Care Center, Carlos Brandon, team lead at the UNC Walk-in Service Desk and Kate Hash, manager of ITS Communications & Digital Services at UNC, about computer care at the University.
The Daily Tar Heel: What can you do you to make your computer last longer?
Peter Bolish: Just be cognizant of where you’re using your computer. We’re (students) throwing it in our backpacks and then, you know, just kind of forgetting that it’s in the backpack. We may throw the backpack around a little bit. So we would also recommend bringing it into the service desk or the computer repair center to give it a once-over every once in awhile, just like a little preventive maintenance.
DTH: How often should you bring it to the ITS desk?
PB: Ultimately, if I could have my way, I would say once every six months. Kind of like you were going to the dentist. Realistically, let’s shoot for maybe once a year. Obviously, you know, if you can’t bring it in more, we don’t want to inconvenience you. If you could do it once a quarter, I would love that. That would be ideal. Once every three months. But you know, once every six months or so, even if you’re not having any problems. Now obviously if you’re having any kind of issues whatsoever, please don’t hesitate to bring it to the service desk and the computer repair center to assist if there’s any hardware issue.
DTH: When should you generally think of backing up your computer, and how do you do it?
Carlos Brandon: We have some documentation on help.unc.edu as far as backing up data to the UNC OneDrive. There are other backup options. Any cloud services that are available outside of what UNC offers, you have external hard drives, you have flash drives. I would say backup data 24/7. Whenever you are working on a document, back it up period. Save it periodically to a safe place because anything can happen with a laptop.
PB: Amen to that Carlos. All the time backup your data. All the time.
DTH: How often would you recommend you replace your computer?