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Hard Drive Replacement

I am normally tolerant and understand that the electricity supply in Bangkok can be temperamental, but my patience is running thin now. We have had four power cuts and power surges in 2 days, one caused by an area of land sinking causing power lines and a sewer pipe to collapse, and three others for no apparent reason.

These coupled with the regular pre-planned outages for so-called maintenance makes the whole system of electricity supply a joke.

I know it's my fault, but these power cuts/surges have taken out three hard drives and a motherboard in my PC over the last 16 months. I should have got an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) ages ago, but I need the practice replacing the drives :) However, today replacing another hard drive, and a PSU, has been the last straw, so within a week I will buy a UPS!

Anyone reading this should really do the same, these hard drive/ component failures and possibly worse, can easily be prevented by using a UPS - they are quite cheap, but of course they are a non productive expense UNTIL a power cut or surge. I have spent more hard-earned cash on hard drives and PSU's than the cost of a decent UPS.

Apart from this problem with the power it's not been a bad week.

But I am not sure about the statement supposedly made by a Thai electrician that Thailand's electricity is the best quality there is in the world?

UPDATE Nov 2019: This post is still relevant. A UPS is essential in Thailand.

Electricity in Chiang Rai

In Chiang Rai there are a  few power cuts, especially during a storm,  but the mains voltage fluctuates a lot. Sometimes swinging between 190 and 225 Volts. This can cause havoc with computers and peripherals. My UPS quite often has to work overtime.

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