What Happens to a Computer During a Power Outage

We’ve all experienced this before. You’re working on an important document and suddenly the power goes out! Now what? Hopefully you’ve been saving your work as you go along so not too much of your document is lost, but what about your computer? How will your computer handle a power outage?

The best thing to do is prepare for a power outage. If the power suddenly goes out, it can be detrimental to a computer. The first thing you should do is make sure you have a surge protector. Even if the power doesn’t go out, a surge protector will keep your computer safe from any sudden power surges. If the power does go out, when it comes back on it could also send a powerful surge into your computer and possibly destroy your motherboard. Play it safe and get a surge protector.

If you are working on a laptop, you’ll have a little bit of battery life left. As soon as possible, save your work and then shut down the computer. If you have the laptop plugged in, unplug it. This will also protect your laptop from any power surges once the power comes back on.

Perhaps the best way to protect your computer from power outages is to have a back up power supply, like a generator. This will keep your power going for a few hours until you can finish up what you are doing and turn off the computer.

Power outages can be very dangerous for computers. A power surge that can happen when the power comes back on can fry the motherboard or ruin files on the hard drive. Not to mention the work you’ve lost because you weren’t able to save! Take some precautions to protect your computer and then do everything you can to keep your computer safe if the power does go out.

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