How to Prevent Computer Power Failures

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How to Prevent Computer Power Failures

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Power loss is bound to happen sooner or later. Whether it be a thunderstorm, power outage, or brown out, all of these power abnormalities can cause data loss and corruption. And if you are anyone who knows anything about computers, you know data corruption is bad. I advise that you should adopt anti-melt down measures for PCs, laptops, and servers.  I have experienced data loss because of high temperature brown outs and thunderstorms causing power outages, and the results are not pretty. I wrote this article to help others prevent data loss like that which happened to me.

First off, There are some rules that should be followed when arranging the computers in a home or office to prevent data corruption. The computers should be placed in cool and dry areas to prevent overheating. It is also highly recommended that not too many computers to be running off of one power supply. This will overload the circuit on the circuit breaker and increases the chances of a power failure or brown out. It has become almost a necessity to have a surge protector installed between the power socket and the computer’s power cable. These protection devices should be checked regularly to avoid premature failure. Computers should not share power with air conditioners and fans but dedicated circuits should be used.

These are general rules that should be followed in order to protect your computers, but there are some tips that I am offering for special cases such as thunderstorm and blackouts. During thunderstorms PCs should be turned off and disconnected. Another good measure in a bad lightning storm is to remove the uplink cable from the modem jack. This cuts off internet, but if a lightning strike were to occur, your modem would be fried on the spot.  The best solution to avoid losing data during a blackout or brownout is to invest in some form of uninterruptible power supply, also known as UPS, which regulates the voltage to the power supply and features backup batteries to keep servers running during power outages. This is highly recommended especially for the offices that have network servers.

In conclusion, these are just some of the ways that you can prevent data loss. You can take all of my advice, some of my advice, or none. This article is to prevent what is bound to happen sooner or later: Power failure.


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Matthew Fitzgerald is the creator of thewball.com. He has done work in web design, computer building, system designs, eCommerce, tech repair, and software development. He has lots of experience in working with Linux servers and windows networking. Some of his hobbies include drumming, gardening, and music composition.

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