A storm was coming through and I was using the computer. I was not really worried about lightning even though it was really cracking loud thunder outside. The rain was pouring down and I was typing on the computer when a loud crack was followed by the power going out. It must have hit a power transformer on a telephone pole and sent a surge through the lines. The surge suppressor worked, but a jolt must have come in through the Ethernet cable too. It ruined the network card and I had to get Alba Data Recovery to extract files off of the hard drive.
The computer would not boot when the power came back on. The series of beeps coming from the internal speaker on the motherboard indicated that the NIC (network interface card) was malfunctioning. That was when I suspected the surge came in through the modem and Ethernet cable. The modem seemed to be okay, and that is how it is with electronic devices. Some of them survive unscathed from big power surges while a connected piece of equipment gets knocked out. At a relatives house nearby, their modem was malfunctioning but only intermittently.
I have no idea how many computers, microwaves, routers, modems, TV sets, game consoles and other equipment got zapped during that single thunderstorm. However, I figure it helped places like Alba data Recovery get a boost in work. If there is one thing I have learned about electronic devices with hard drives is that hardly anyone makes backups of important data. Hard drives are in satellite and cable boxes now. They are in game consoles too. However, that data is expendable. What is on your computer may not be. Who would want to lose the thousands of pictures of the kids, pets and grandkids? Those old tax returns and documents are important too. Data recovery can get them back pretty easily if you don’t mess with the drive yourself.