We had the first power cuts of the year, twice, last night (without any warning), and although my computer is running fine, it's just too much of a risk. The first thing I did this morning was back up everything. I'd still rather not have to replace my PC, as I just did so last year. So I'm thinking that a UPS would be a good idea to ensure safe shutdown and prolong my computer's lifespan.
My question is, is the potential for hardware failure or software corruption caused by a planned power cut high enough, that would warrant me purchasing an uninterrupted power supply? Or are power cuts not really that damaging to the computer software (as compared to, say, a power surge during a lightning storm, something that's not really an issue where I live)?
The info I've seen online is mixed. Some people suggesting that the chance of the system getting corrupted is extremely rare to be worried about it, with no chance of hardware failure for newer systems, and others saying that a power failure during a process such as the computer booting up have a good chance of of making the computer unusable.
Edited by brc2000, 16 July 2011 - 04:27 AM.