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How bad are power outages for a PC?

#1hi_polymerPosted 10/5/2013 2:43:51 PM
I live in Chicago and there are some beastly thunderstorms throughout the year here, and my house usually gets power outages during.
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#2LordSeiferPosted 10/5/2013 2:45:26 PM
is it still working?
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#3Reverend_WilsonPosted 10/5/2013 2:45:27 PM
I've been having power outages for years, and I don't take much care of my computers at all. They still work.
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#4brotrrwinnerPosted 10/5/2013 2:46:56 PM
Having a good PSU will help prevent damage
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#5DerPancakePosted 10/5/2013 2:48:53 PM
Update your BIOS in the middle of a thunderstorm for intense moments.
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#6LB3Posted 10/5/2013 2:49:39 PM
It depends on what the computer is doing when the power goes out. Just losing power without it being a surge is normally not too bad for the hardware but if it happens right while data is being saved then that data could be currupted.
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#7jake-sfPosted 10/5/2013 2:51:43 PM(edited)
I'm not electricity expert, but if the power just cuts its not going to really harm anything, is it?

If lighting strikes at the wrong place/close enough though, that can be harmful. That one time lightning hit right next to my house, my mother's computer's network card stopped working... why just that, I don't know. It also seemed to screw up my screen, but I just had to demagnetize it (its an old CRT).

That is the only time thunderstorms ever did any damage and I've left my computers on through almost every storm.
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#830aught6Posted 10/5/2013 3:15:03 PM
I lost power while rendering in 3dsmax last night; very relaxing.
#9wizardmonPosted 10/5/2013 3:28:09 PM
Just get a good surge protector, 20$ will go a long way.

And as long as the lightning does not directly strike your building and somehow bypass the lightning rod, you shouldn't have to worry.
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#10Lemur_HPosted 10/5/2013 3:34:54 PM
Had the power go out and when it came back, my PC would boot into my OS SSD but the BIOS had forgotten about my other SSD. The one that has most of my files on it. I didn't think anything was wrong until I tried to load my games. Went into the BIOS and added it to the list. Was odd, but there wasn't any damage. I think you're fine. The biggest issue is data loss from whatever you were working on when you lost power.