Components & Routine Maintenance Tasks – Maintaining and Replacing HDD

Here you can see we have the side of our computer off, and are looking down at the computer. Below my hand is the compartment where the hard drive and the CD reader/writer is stored. This is what we will have to remove to get at the hard drive to take it out, inspect, maintain/replace.
Here we have removed the panel with the CD w/r, and we can see the drive bay for the HDD. This HDD is screwed in and the cables are connected. What you need to do first is to remove the cables, then unscrew the drive from the housing around it. It is different on every computer, but the screws are large and stick out, so they are easy to locate.
Here is the removed drive, it is free from the housing but still on its mount. to remove the mount simply remove the four screws on the back of the drive. This can be maintained with simply compressed air being sprayed on to remove the dust, the rest you will have to do whilst the computer is turned on.


Software requirements!

You must take into account what the software needs to run, minimum requirements, compared with what your system has, compared to the budget you have when investing in it. The budget has to cater for all the stuff you need and would be commonly done to add a bit on top in case something goes wrong.

Firefox needs a minimum of:

  • Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 or later.
  • An Intel Pentium 4 processor or later that’s SSE2 capable.

Teamspeak3 needs:

  • For Windows 10/8/7/Vista: 1 GHz. For Windows XP: 300 MHz.
  • For Windows 10: 1GB minimum.
  • Hard disk space: 50 MB of available hard disk space.

Storage medium:

All the software is located on my 2TB hard drive. It could go onto my SSD or alternate 1TB hard drive if my main was full.


It is important to keep everyone evolved in the process informed on what’s happening with it, for example a student going on holiday needs to be informed of all that goes on during the time their away. This is so that they can still control, monitor and give input the process. An example from outside college is keeping stakeholders in the loop of what is happening with the business, and informing them of how their money is being spent and what they should expect in returns. Colleagues also need to be kept informed on the happenings because they need to know what to expect and what they are to do when they get into work, but people only need to know on a need-to-know basis. Confidentiality is needed as people don’t often want to be broadcaster on the internet.

Loading Facilities

The loading facilities need to be the best suitors to the needs of the system, for example a new network without internet access will need a memory stick (USB) or disk as they will not have the availability of using the internet that early in their systems development. If a computer in college for example has no disk drive then it would need to be via internet or USB. It has to be the correct and appropriate loading facility for that system. I used the internet as my loading facility, and my download speed wasn’t the best as it was bottle necking through my wireless receiver, due to it being old and not accepting more than 400kb/s. This was also helped by a slow connection due to being a long way away from my router.