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Disaster Recovery - Hurricane

By al.parker ·
Need hints to individuals who are trying to recovery their computers/pheripherials from water/dirt/pollution damage from hurricanes?

The hardware was receovered what's next?

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Good luck

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Disaster Recovery - Hurri ...

I'd start by dismantling the machine to the board / card / assembly level and spray everything thoroughly with a commercial electronic component cleaner. I have a buddy who suggested WD-40, but wait and see what someone else has to say before taking these suggestions. We could be completely out to lunch.

It's more trouble to clean mice and keyboards than it's worth. Printers, scanners, and other devices with moving parts are probably unrepairable; you'll never get all the debris out of the paper path, rollers, gears, etc.

I wouldn't try to power up a water-damaged monitor at all. That sounds like a fast ride to Electrocution City.

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by bfitzmai In reply to Good luck

This is from the WD40 web site:

CLEANS: WD-40 gets under dirt, grime and grease to clean. It also dissolves adhesives, allowing easy removal of labels, tape, stickers, and excess bonding material.
DISPLACES MOISTURE: Because WD-40 displaces moisture, it quickly dries out electrical systems to eliminate moisture-induced short circuits.
PENETRATES: WD-40 loosens rust-to-metal bonds and frees stuck, frozen or rusted metal parts.
LUBRICATES: WD-40's lubricating ingredients are widely dispersed and hold firmly to all moving parts.
PROTECTS: WD-40 protects metal surfaces with corrosion-resistant ingredients to shield against moisture and other corrosive elements.

I would really be be skeptical about spraying this produce on anything electronic. Many electronic parts have bonded layers. Use a can of compressed air to remove any debris... If you have dirt, use a cu-tip and alcohol.

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WD40?! go ahead and try it out...

by UncleRob In reply to WD40?

WD40?! I wouldn't normally use this stuff on any personal computer equipment but if the equipment is toast anyways, there's no harm in trying, you might actually discover that it works better than expected.

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by RiCksterjs In reply to WD40?! go ahead and try i ...


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by WindsorFox In reply to *** NOT WD40 BIG MISTAKE ...

No, WD-40 will not provide electrical conductivity, if it did you could not drop a running drill in a bucket filled with it. That is the original purpose, it displaces water in electrical / electronic devices. WD-40 is however, laden with oil and I wouldn't use it on a computer. You should use LPS 2 greasless lube, hose it good and then LPS contact cleaner afterwards. Let it dry well first then it will either work or not. Been there, done it. Wanna see my t-shirt??

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recovery after hurricane

by archngel In reply to LPS

Well , ,Ive heard a lot of thing in my life but so many people talking about wd40 for cleaning hardware and electronic components, look like I havent heard it all. My solution must be too simple. What I did a few years back because of sewer flood is ( if the pc wasnt powered ON when disaster arrived) simply take all components out of the pc,, clean then with water and compress air, then simply put then to dry in the oven at 125 for some 2-3 hrs,, I've done it with 5 pc and 2 notebook and a cellular phone and most of the machine are still in working order today. So keep the grease of WD40 away and most of your pc components will survive.

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by Dean In reply to recovery after hurricane

Interesting topic. The best I have done for a soaked computer was like someone above said. Pull it to bits and clean it with water, then let it dry. Although I didn't put mine in the oven. I dunno how warm 125F is. lol. But i put it in the cupboard with the hot water cylinder for a week to dry it out. Just hope you dont get small wires rusting badly, Hopefully it wasn't wet for too long.

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Electronic Parts Cleaner

by homeport In reply to WD40?! go ahead and try i ...

Go to autoparts palce and pickup can of Electronic Parts cleaner made by CRC. It made to clean and remove moisture from electronic parts. Won't leave oily residue that attachs dirt.

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While good it will not

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Electronic Parts Cleaner

Stop corrosion either. As this stuff has not just been exposed to clean water but a chemical cocktail of substances anything goes.

Col ]:)

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To wash or not to wash this is the question

by pokeman In reply to Electronic Parts Cleaner

I have on several occasions washed my keyboards and other parts in the dishwasher with mixed results. I think that if the part in question is clean and DRIED completely then the part may or may not work. Any action taken is taken a chance. The old wives tell that electric parts and water don't mix is more preferred to if the part is plugged in at the time it's dowsed in water. The hard drive is another story If you have priceless photos or million dollar inventory then a chance is not going to cut it. Ontrack is offering free media shipment kits and free evaluations on your media in concern so that a more decisive decision can be made. To order your kit, call toll-free hotline: 1-800-872-2599. Or you can go to this url and have a look for yourself,,

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