Why You Should Not Move Your Laptop

Posted on May 13th, 2015

Laptops. They’re designed to be portable. But, did you know that by moving your laptop around while it is turned on can be bad news for your device? In the main, it’s definitely a bad idea to carry your laptop around while it’s up and running.

Okay, laptops are meant to be portable devices. But, that means that you have to switch them off beforehand. It’s not a great idea to leave them running if you are on the commute or stuffing it into a laptop bag.

It’s certainly wise to power down the device.

There are a number of reasons why you should not move your laptop when it’s up and running.

Let’s take a look at this in more depth.

Hard Drive Issues

Carrying your device while it’s turned on is a great way of damaging the hard drive. The hard drive is not meant to be used in this way. So, if you want to preserve the life of your laptop, it’s wise to turn it off before you move it.  After all, shocks, vibrations and the impact of moving a laptop while it is operational can corrupt the data contained within your hard drive. Standard hard drives are not robust enough to deal with this kind of wear and tear.  By leaving your laptop running when you are on the move, you are subjecting the hard drive to all kind of malfunctions. This may result in data loss. What’s more, your hard drive will eventually fail. Of course, the newer SSD drives are more suited to this kind of rough handling. But, these are not widely available on the mainstream market.

So, what can you do in the meantime?

Two words. Back. Up.

It’s imperative that you backup any files within your laptop. This ensures that you are minimising the risk of losing data should you hard drive fail in the meantime.

Hard drives are sensitive deep down. If they are subjected to shocks while you are traveling, they will fail. What’s more, the moving components of the hard drive are not designed to withstand this kind of portable treatment. While laptop hard drives are decidedly sturdier than that of a desktop, they are still prone to failure if they are left on while they are being transported. So, if you hear that whirring noise, it’s a sure fire sign that the drive is spinning. This is definitely not the time to pick up the laptop and take it on a journey. This can cause heat buildup, and other problem issues. You need to ensure that you have an air path to allow for the drive to release heat. The hard drive needs to ensure that it is cool to be fully functional. After all, overheating is problematic with a laptop. This is why it’s supposed to stay stationary when it is in action. Overheating issues can cause the system to fail and can cause data loss. If we haven’t stressed the point enough, it’s definitely time to backup your data. External hard drives are an excellent way to do this. But, pen drives and USBs are just as useful too.

For more information on a backup solution please contact us on 01228 576090 or email support@cumbriacomputerrepairs.co.uk