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How bad are power outages for a PC?

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3 years ago#1
I live in Chicago and there are some beastly thunderstorms throughout the year here, and my house usually gets power outages during.
3 years ago#2
is it still working?
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3 years ago#3
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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3 years ago#4
Having a good PSU will help prevent damage
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3 years ago#5
Update your BIOS in the middle of a thunderstorm for intense moments.
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3 years ago#6
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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3 years ago#7
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.
3 years ago#8
I lost power while rendering in 3dsmax last night; very relaxing.
3 years ago#9
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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3 years ago#10
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.
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