I've already moved all my important work and documents to my smaller (in processor speed, memory, and HDD size) yet larger (in size and weight) notebook from a couple of years before. Fortunately, I had already quadrupled the stock RAM of this computer by the time I bought the new one, so I know have half as much memory to play with as opposed to an eighth as much. The older computer, an HP, suffers from the aggravating can't-wake-up-from-sleep issue, and on waking from hibernate it cannot access the internet. The battery meter is woefully inaccurate but it doesn't matter since there appears to be only about an hour of life in it when recharged. So, goodbye to being able to head out to a coffee shop for a change of scene, unless I know I'll get to sit near an outlet. With all my software installed and a WinSxS folder nearly 10G in size, I have 27G free on my HDD--really not much more than the differential increase in space I recover on the newer computer from a routine Tune-Up Utilities cleaning.
OK, so: Now that I have to put the good laptop on the shelf for a couple of months, what would be the best practices in doing so? Regarding the battery, should I (a) remove it from the computer, and (b) discharge it first? Is there any other precaution I should take to ensure that the computer will be in good working order when I am able to use it again?
Edited by Hominids R Us, 04 April 2010 - 11:59 PM.