Computer and IT equipment depends on a consistent power supply to stay on, but with the frequent load shedding can damage your computer and IT Equipment.
A sudden loss of power, as experienced during load shedding, can damage both your IT Infrastructure, data and your hardware. Powering down your system can, before load shedding , alleviate any damage to equipment and data:
If the operating system is busy passing important data while power is lost, the sudden cut will corrupt the files and even the operating system.
In some cases, hard drive, head-and-write, which hovers over the spinning platters during operation, snaps back to PARK. If this happens frequently, the head arm will miss-align over time, causing it to touch and scrape the platter surface. This develops into a head disk crash where the hard drive is effectively damaged particularly if you have Solid State drives. It can also suffer catastrophic damage ranging anywhere from data corruption to total malfunction.
Cloud storage is a good option to store your data as a backup, you still need to consider if you have an open file / folder it may corrupt at the time of load shedding.
Considering the above, it’s a good idea to invest in some anti-load shedding precautions. It is recommended to install pure sine wave UPS or inverter with surge protection.
Pick your UPS or inverter carefully
DO NOT let your batteries go under 50% when you have load shedding, this will help keep the batteries healthy and last longer.
Only run what you need and no extra equipment on your UPS or Inverter.
Running on a recommended small inverter 2Kw 24V 2x100A Batteries | includes 800W MPPT Solar Charge Controller optional | 220Vac Work on this scale of the load you use on above inverter at 50% battery loss Load 200w = 6hrs | 400w = 3Hrs
Not recommended 600w = 2Hrs | 800w = 1Hr 30mins | Max Load 1000w = 1Hr 10Mins