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Installing a UPS

Although power outages in California have received a lot of press in recent months, black-outs and power outages (and the data loss they can cause) can happen anywhere. While Windows XP Home Edition contains a backup utility that can be used to protect your data, you should also be concerned about keeping power going to your PC between those weekly (or monthly, or whenever . . .) backup sessions that I know you never forget to make.

A battery backup unit (also called a UPS, which is short for Uninterruptible Power Supply) can provide battery power to your system for as much as ten to fifteen minutes, which is long enough for you to save your data and shut down your system. The UPS plugs into the wall (and can act as a surge suppressor) and your computer and monitor plug into outlets on the rear of the UPS.


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