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Unformatted text preview: such as a manufacturing setting) will help to keep it in optimal health. The technician can also look for signs of a failing hard drive, such as poor speed, defective sectors, and grinding noises. Replacing a hard drive before it fails is probably one of the most cost-effective ways of protecting valuable data. Upgrading hardware can also be very cost-effective. For example, if a computer system seems slow, adding more memory can be less expensive than buying a new system and can give a power boost. Similarly, a faster disk array for a server might also provide a performance boost. Hardware technicians should consider upgrades over replacement if the problem can be improved with one or two components....
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