Re: Good morning group
- From: Sonoran Dude <b454bt4@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 18 May 2006 15:56:22 -0700
"oncler" <arlo22a@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
< I don't
think I can save my hard drive, but I'm going to try and dry it
out........any advice? I'm not going to pay a shop to do it...too
I'm sorry for your trouble and hope you recover quickly. Thankfully
everyone is safe and healthy.
Here's my free advice (and worth every penny!) on your hard drive.
First, you're right about paying someone to do it. The recovery services
are quite expensive. Hopefully you have some backup. (If you don't, remedy
that situation with your next computer. DVD burners and recordable DVDs
have gotten very cheap.)
Second, there's a chance no water got into the portion of the drive where
the data resides. The head and disk assemblies are pretty well sealed. The
electronics are obviously exposed. Take the drive and rinse it thoroughly
with distilled water. Use some of that compressed air in a can for blowing
the water out. Repeat a couple of times. Then let it sit in a dry
environment for a good while to ensure it is completely dry. Put it into a
working computer and see if you can access the data.
Pretty well sealed except for the vent hole that dissipates the heat. If you do fire it up in a computer make sure it is a computer you don't care about... I would tend to agree with the first reply. You could surge the motherboard. If you want to fire it up use an inexpensive USB/IDE device that would better protect the computer than connecting it directly to an IDE cable.
Just my opinion...
Brad Bennett MCSE
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