Do you unplug your computer or laptop when a major storm is happening?
If not you should start doing this. Mainly because its been known for a long time that electric storms and power outages can lead to serious damage when it comes to computers or any electrical device.
Why you should be concerned with power surges or black outs
The real problem with blackouts or power outages is the unexpected computer shutdown which can lead to corruption of the operating system and files because when a hard drive is writing data and if it is suddenly shut down in the middle it will cause the file to corrupted and also can lead to your operating system failing to boot when you turn your computer on. And frequent power outages can lead to the failure of your hard drive over time which will equal the lost of personal data.
Also solid state drives are also affected by power outages as well and will have the same effects as a mechanical hard drive
How to protect your computer or laptop from power outages?
The only way to protect your computer or laptop from power outages or blackouts which has a 100% success rate is unplugging and turning off the device because turning off certain devices wont cut it because some devices are still on even though you have turned them off or put them in sleep mode and are just operating at a lower voltage.
Now I know its inconvenient to plug out every device because of a up and coming storm that is promising power outages but I have 2 other semi-effective alternate methods that will work
which looks like a bulkier version of a power strip which will attempt to divert the electrical surges away from the devices plugged into it and they’re also rated to withstand a certain maximum voltage and once they’re triggered they must be replaced.
2. Uninterruptible power supply
Contains a backup battery that will continue to provide power to your computer even when your power goes out. Most UPS devices only last a few minutes, but that should be enough time for you to issue a proper shutdown.
UPS devices can also come equipped with surge-protected outlets, making them more of a two-for-one purchase and offering more value per dollar. If you live in a building or location that frequently experiences outages, surges, or both, a UPS will be a strong investment.