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How bad are power outages for a PC?

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User Info: hi_polymer

hi_polymer
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.
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User Info: LordSeifer

LordSeifer
3 years ago#2
is it still working?
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User Info: Reverend_Wilson

Reverend_Wilson
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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User Info: brotrrwinner

brotrrwinner
3 years ago#4
Having a good PSU will help prevent damage
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User Info: DerPancake

DerPancake
3 years ago#5
Update your BIOS in the middle of a thunderstorm for intense moments.
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User Info: LB3

LB3
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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User Info: jake-sf

jake-sf
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.
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User Info: 30aught6

30aught6
3 years ago#8
I lost power while rendering in 3dsmax last night; very relaxing.

User Info: wizardmon

wizardmon
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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User Info: Lemur_H

Lemur_H
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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