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Question #19 posted on 09/12/2003 midnight

Dear 100 Hour Board,
What are the effects of not properly shutting down your computer, i.e. just flipping the power switch instead of clicking shutdown?
- didn't-read-the-manual

A: Dear didn't read the book,
Well, that all depends on what exactly your computer is doing when you flip the switch. Typically, you won't have too much of a problem, unless your computer is in the middle of writing something to disk. If it's got some data in the file cache that it hasn't written to disk yet, you'll probably lose that data, and possibly corrupt the hard drive, requiring you to run Scan Disk (or fsck, if you're a *nix user) to repair the problem. If you have a file system that journals the operations taken, it can automatically repair errors like that for you. That's the biggest problem, is that you can corrupt your hard drive. So it's generally a good idea to shut it down properly.
- Rufus