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Disinfecting and Cleaning Coronavirus

We are cleaning and disinfecting before and after each customer who enters our computer repair shop. Also, your laptops and computers are disinfected upon being checked in and again when they are returned to you. In addition we are social distancing while transacting our business.

Remote Tech Support

Our computer repair shop is open normal business hours and we now offer remote tech support for some of your computer needs. The Coronavirus that leads to Covid-19 has taken over the world and consequently we have added remote tech support services as an option to repair your computers. If you need help and cannot come to our computer repair shop, call us and we will guide you to a secure remote connection with Mike at DothanPC.com
Remote hours vary and sometimes there may be a wait time. Thank you for your business and your patience.

Keep Magnets Away

Keep your computers, laptops and phones away from magnets, even the weak refrigerator kinds. Your hard drive is incredibly sensitive to magnetic fields of any strength.

Laptop Screen Cleaning

When cleaning your tablet, laptop or monitor screen use a good quality lens cleaner. It will do the job and can kill germs too. Be sure to wash your hands immediately after using a lens cleaner and follow the directions given on the bottle. Using Windex and other household cleaners will eat your screens and degrade their quality, making them ugly, flat and more difficult to clean. This goes for T.V. screens and your phone screen. We use the Zeiss brand of lens cleaner on all of our customers’ screens giving them a new looking screen again. Happy Computing

USB speed and cost comparision

Testing USB thumb drives

First up is one of my favorites, the Lexar 3.0 Orange/white 32g.b. drive.

Secondly, is the Sandisk 3.0 Black/red 32 g.b. drive.

Both drives use the push forward type extension, in order to insert it into a usb slot.

For testing the speed I used a folder with 24 different executable files. It is just a assortment of stuff that I like to use in diagnosing and repairing laptops and pc’s. Before beginning the tests, I formatted each drive using windows explorer. I could clearly see the winner by this simple process. But I wanted to get real numbers, specifically how long it takes to drop 24 different executable files onto the drive.

The results are:

Lexar speed result is 08:24 seconds.

Sandisk came in at 15:22 seconds.

Sandisk are lower priced, found in nearly every retail outlet.

Lexar is more difficult to find. Especially ones with the push forward type extension.

The failure rate is another aspect of determining which drive is better. I have found through servicing customers issues that it’s the Sandisk which is more problematic and has the higher failure rate. This could also be due to there are more Sandisks purchased than Lexar and I am seeing more of them and less Lexars. To be fair, I have not seen a Lexar fail. I know they do, because eventually in time all failure rates go up in percentages.

The bottom line in all of this is cost and speed. I paid $11 for the Sandisk, and $17 for the Lexar.

The Lexar is 47% faster than the Sandisk.

The Lexar is 36% costlier than the Sandisk.

For personal use I would purchase the Lexar. For everything else I would purchase the Sandisk.

Next time I find the Lexar thumb drive, I will stock up.