|Hi Mslyn, lightning plays funny tricks and has no regards for the rules (be they fuses, surge protection etc.). |
Only way to truly protect a device is to totally disconnect its *EVERY* connection with the outside world.
In Italy, following a lightning storm I had two pc's blown beyond economic repair and had to scrap them. One of the houses concerned, supposedly was lightning protected.
Suggest you check exactly what is not working. Maybe run some memory and hardware tests to help.
a) If you are lucky and it is only the usb ports that have failed, consider fitting a usb card. Here in the UK a card with 4 internal and 2 internal ports costs around £6.
b) Not sure what you mean by plugged in storage.
c) if mouse port itself has gone, maybe a usb mouse can be used.
Please advise back on progress. As a matter of interest, where are you located? I am in Hammersmith, West London.
Good Luck - Keep us posted.