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By Terry Stockdale
Do I Need an Uninterruptible Power Supply?
Do I Need an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)? I’m beginning to think that I really do…
For a lot of years, I kept UPS’s supplying power to all of my family’s computers. I was concerned over power outages and their impacts on the data structure on my hard drives.
I wasn’t concerned with power outages causing damage to the computers themselves, or even to the physical hard drives. I was concerned over the possibility of data corruption, especially if the computer was writing to the drive’s data structure table at the time the power went
In those days, I ran Norton Utilities on my computers and let them automatically defragment during the night on one nights a week. For my home theater PC, not only did I let it defragment twice a week during the night, I also wanted to give it a chance to keep running through a short power outage.
This post is excerpted with the permission of Terry’s Computer Tips.
About Terry Stockdale
Terry’s Computer Tips is a free, weekly, email, computer tips newsletter and a computer tips web site, too. Terry’s Computer Tips began with handouts that Terry Stockdale prepared for teaching workshops and classes at a local computer users group. These grew to a hobbyist web site on which he posted PC training articles and tips during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. In 2005, the Terry’s Computer Tips web site and weekly newsletter were born. Now in its eighth year, Terry continues publishing his free email computer tips newsletter each week.