Image courtesy of Colocation America

Image courtesy of Colocation America

Why is your computer slow?

Most of the time, it's because of your hard drive. This is what holds all your files and photos and music. It's not slow because you have a lot of stuff or your desktop is really full, it's slow because of the technology used to make it. Traditionally, hard drives are made of spinning, magnetized disks with a head that "seeks" over the disk to find the files your'e looking for. This technology was invented in 1956!

Unsurprisingly, these hard drives are not very reliable. When you spin something 5,400 times per minute, you're bound to have bumps and nicks on the plates and the speed with which the drive rotates reduces over time making your hard drive slower every single day you own it right from the very beginning.

Fortunately, a new type of hard drive was invented, a Solid State Drive. These "SSD"s have no moving parts and are what is used in flash drives and iPhones. It's hard to describe how much faster these drives are than the old rotating drives. They can completely transform your busted old computer into a brand new one and don't slow down over time. Until somewhat recently, the price of these was outrageous but now they are competitive enough with regular rotating drives that almost all Apple computers come with them as the default.

And: JTec can perform this upgrade for you. It is fairly simple and can cost as little as $200. An older computer can eek out about 2-3 more years of life with this small upgrade and you'll feel like you got a brand new Mac. If you're interested in exploring your options, call JTec at (949) 466-8442 or email us at

Joshua Wallace

JTec, Santa Cruz, CA

    Ever since my mother won a computer at a company raffle when I was 6, I’ve been hooked. Nothing excites me more than new technology and I’m always the first to dissect and figure it out. From building my own PCs from parts at the LA Computer Fair in Pomona to my first PowerBook when I was 15, I’ve always loved computers. 

     My first job tutoring was for community service during high school. I first assisted and then became a teacher at a beginners computer course for the elderly and those with English as a second language. There I taught the basics of computing (using a mouse, file systems, etc.) and went on to teach Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. I’ve managed a law firm’s computer network and integrated Macs into a predominantly PC environment. I’ve also held weekly classes for a retirement community focusing on doing more with their Macs. They learned things such as how to import and edit photos with iPhoto from a digital camera, how to set up Email, and much more. It was extremely fulfilling and I loved passing on my knowledge. 

     Now I work on-call and travel to client’s homes or businesses to “fix” their computers while teaching them how to fix it themselves in the future. I also will routinely take computers home to repair hardware issues such as broken screens or trackpads. I genuinely want you to learn how to make the most out of your technology and I always aim to make you self-sufficient.