Ask Leo: How to protect your PC from natural disasters?


By Leo Notenboom

With the passing of Hurricane Irene where I live (my home was spared any damage), what do you suggest is a good plan to protect your data and your hardware from these storms?

That’s actually a scenario that many people overlook until it’s much too late. I’m not talking about hurricanes specifically, but any disaster that could take out all of your computer equipment at home.

There are a few things that we can do to protect the hardware, but in all honesty, that’s not the most important thing.

It’s not the most important by far.

Let’s face it: hardware can be replaced.

Protecting hardware

I’m not sure that there’s anything specifically that you can do that’s reasonable to protect your hardware from an extreme natural disaster. Be it a hurricane (as you’ve described), an earthquake (as the area that I live in is at risk of), or something as simple yet disastrous as a house fire. Unless you keep your hardware in a waterproof bomb shelter, there is going to be something that could potentially destroy it all.

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