Ex-lease computer for sale

Have you been thinking about upgrading your computer?

We have some more of the popular ex-lease Dell Computers ready to go.

Sold Out for this lot of ex-lease machines. Please check out the next lot.

 Dell Optiplex 960 SFF  Model: Dell Optiplex 960 DCCY Small Form Factor
 Price:  $400 +GST on Windows 7 Pro
 CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz
 Memory: 4GB DDR2
 Hard Drive: 250GB SATA
 Optical Drive: DVD RW (Slimline)
 Graphics Onboard Graphics
 OS: Windows 7 Pro (Installation Required)

* Limited stocks, these computers run out fast.

We can copy data from your old computer for nominal rates, please feel free to call to discuss the options with us.

We also have 19” LCD ex-lease monitors for sale at $95.00 +GST

Backup Solutions

While a lot of people often have a backup solution in place at the time of data loss, this does not always prevent data loss due to the backup not always being current or operating properly. It is important to diligently monitor and verify that a backup is successfully operating and capturing a current, accurate snapshot.

External hard drive backup are still the most used and sought after approach to backing up both business and personal data. Cloud and tape solutions are also often used. Yet, regardless of the solution, several common scenarios can lead to the surprise of data loss:

  • External drive only connected on an occasional basis; backup not automated and instead performed on demand
  • Computer not on during scheduled backup and not configured to perform at a different time
  • Backup software failed
  • Backup ran out of destination space
  • Backup profile did not cover all of the device requiring backup
  • File lost before scheduled backup

“Leveraging a data backup solution is critical for any business or individual protecting against data loss,” said Adrian Briscoe, general manager – APAC, Kroll Ontrack.  “However, even a reputable cloud or external media solution does not always provide predictable results. An effective backup solution hinges on the user or IT administrator attentively validating that the solution is functioning as expected and verifying that the backup is complete.”

After experiencing data loss, the importance of implementing a backup solution becomes apparent. Yet it is the time and expense associated with research and administration to then be able to implement this which is the major barrier.

Tips for Backup Success

  • Take the time to invest in a backup solution and set up a backup schedule
  • Ensure backups are running regularly in accordance with the determined schedule
  • Check backup reports for error indications or failure
  • Test backups on a regular basis to ensure data has been accurately captured and files are intact

Computer Troubleshooters can help. We offer managed plans for your computer which include backup monitoring and administration where your backup is managed and monitored on a daily basis.

Computer Troubleshooters Christchurch West has moved

Computer Troubleshooters Christchurch West has moved to 35 Main South Road, Sockburn, Christchurch 8042. You can find out where we are located at our address page.

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Remember, We Offer Mobile On site Computer Repairs and Computer Support Services in the western area of Christchurch: Belfast, Northwood, Harewood, Redwood, Casebrook, Northcote, Bishopdale, Papanui, Bryndwr, St Albans, Merivale, Burnside, Avonhead, Ilam, Russley, Yaldhurst, Upper Riccarton, Riccarton, Middleton, Sockburn, Broomfield, Hei Hei, Islington, Hornby, Hornby South, Prebbleton, Linclon, Rolleston, Templeton, Wigram, Halswell, Aidanfield, Ladbrooks, Tai Tapu, Burnham, Springston.

Best Practices for Disposing of Old Computers

Best Practices for Disposing of Old Computers

Newer and faster laptops, phones and tablets are being released every day it seems, but what are
we supposed to do with the outdated devices we no longer want to use? The security of proprietary
and personal information and environmental issues are the primary concerns when disposing of
unwanted computers. Here are some guidelines we recommend when phasing out computers from
your business or home.

Deleting a File Does Not Actually Erase Information

When you delete a file from the hard drive, the operating system only deletes the information that
describes where the file is located. Simply deleting files, emptying the recycle bin or reformatting the
hard drive is not enough to cover your digital tracks. In addition to documents, photos, videos, and
private information that is accessible on your computer; there is also your Internet browser’s cache,
cookies and history; email contacts and messages; and the recycle or trash folder.

Don’t take a chance with the security of your business and personal information. A Computer
Troubleshooters technician can complete any of the following strategies when trying to secure your
personal information on an old device.

The most cost-effective and commonly used strategy is the use of a software utility that overwrites the
hard drive with random characters and binary data anywhere from three to more than 30 times. These
utilities are typically referred to as data destruction software, hard drive eraser software or disk wipe

Another effective but more costly solution is degaussing. This is the erasure of information through the
use of a powerful magnet. Degaussing disrupts the magnetic domains on the drive, which erases your
data while also rendering the drive permanently unusable.

The physical destruction of a hard drive is the only way to absolutely and forever ensure that the data
is no longer available. There are contractors who will perform this task on site, using the appropriate
tools and safety precautions. We do not recommend this type of hard drive destruction by consumers.

Donate or Recycle Your Old Computer

Extending the computer’s lifespan through re-use provides the highest environmental benefit.
There are many donation programs that bridge the digital divide by providing schools, non-profit
organizations, military personnel, low-income families and students with needed technology.

When you donate or recycle an unwanted computer, there are a lot of details you will need to be
concerned with such as; maintaining the security of information that was stored on the computer,
locating local technology recyclers and refurbishers, and tax guidelines for charitable donations. Don’t
feel overwhelmed by all of these details. Let your local Computer Troubleshooters take on the burden.
One of our professional technicians will be happy to explore the various options available to you when
deciding how best to dispose of an unwanted computer. Here are some considerations when donating
or recycling a computer:

  • If your computer is less than five years old chances are it can be put to good use. Most organizations have specific technology needs, so inquire in advance regarding donation guidelines.
  • Most charitable contributions are tax deductible and computers are no exception. Business donors can generally deduct the un-depreciated value of the computer and individuals can deduct the current market value of a computer. Remember to retain your receipt for tax records.
  • Consider donating your unwanted computer to a refurbisher who is equipped to repair and upgrade older computers. Certified refurbishers ensure that equipment works well and will pass on ready-to-use equipment at little or no cost to individuals and organizations. It is recommended that you remove your hard drive from any system that you donate to a refurbisher to ensure the security of your data.
  • Even if a computer cannot be reused or refurbished there are reputable technology recyclers that can ensure valuable raw materials are recovered from old computers and that any waste is disposed of in an environmentally-safe and responsible manner.
  • Let your local Computer Troubleshooters do all the work for you. Our technicians are trained experts in making sure your personal information is secure and responsibly disposing of unwanted devices.

Click here to contact your own Computer Troubleshooters technician.

How Cloud Computing Can Benefit Your Businesses

In New Zealand, business owners are always looking to squeeze even more productivity out of limited time, staffing and resources. Many New Zealand small businesses see cloud computing as a way to access advanced technologies that were previously affordable only for larger companies. A recent survey , stated that more than half of micro businesses (one to nine employees) and small businesses (ten to ninety-nine employees) use cloud-based business productivity applications. Analysts and industry leaders agree that global demand for hosted IT services will continue to expand rapidly as cloud-based solutions offer significant resolutions for organizations of all types and sizes. Can cloud computing services help your business succeed in the marketplace?

 Give Your Business a Competitive Edge

Finding the right business tools is an important task. Cloud computing can help your business edge out the competition with reduced costs and enhanced productivity in a number of ways:

  • The latest innovations in cloud computing are making business applications even more mobile and collaborative in ways similar to Facebook and Twitter. Consumers expect information in real time and more business applications in the cloud are heading in that direction.
  • Accessing specialized computer resources as they are needed enables businesses to quickly deliver quality results with greater affordability. Faster turn-around time can propel you ahead of your competition.
  • You can bring your product to market faster and generate higher revenues as customers are able to access the service immediately.
  • Cloud computing can enable innovative business initiatives that generate new value propositions and revenue streams. Some companies, such as Spotify, are building entirely new business models solely using cloud services.
  • Cloud computing services can help you gain “business agility” with efficient projects that allow your employees to spend their time on work that has a greater potential value to your business.
  • Utilizing cloud computing services can enable your business to shift from a capital expense model to an operational expense model. By forgoing long term financial IT commitments, an organization can complete projects more quickly without losing any investment.

Cloud computing might sound over-hyped and tech-heavy, but in reality it’s a rising trend among small business owners. If you want to learn more about the advantages of cloud computing for your business, contact your local Computer Troubleshooters office. One of our computer professionals will be happy to meet with you to explore the benefits of cloud computing for you and your business.