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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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WD-40 may not be such a good idea

by macoco In reply to Good luck

I've always heard that oil is a conductor, so you might as well leave it'll get the same results...smoke.

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Keyboards and mice

by beads In reply to Good luck

I haven't had to do this in sometime but I used to put keyboards in the dishwasher with minimal to no drying time. Just leave em out to dry for a day or so depending on humidity. No, really. It does work - at least with those older heavy duty keyboards through the older Compaq keyboards.

Now, WD-40 would probably pop every capacitor off the mobo. Remember thier is a difference between electrical and ELECTRONIC - lol. Yeah, its great for old carburators and lawn mowers too! Computers? Ummmm... no.

- beads

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by nisquallypauli In reply to Good luck

WD-40 is great for a quick fix.
But in the long run its a varnish.
It be used in machine shops to protect
from rust on stored equipment.
bad idea.
There are electrical cleaners for the
cards and such.
I survived a flood in 1996. A cleaning did
the job on mother board, cards.
Drives you could only hope water didn't
get inside. Sometimes, sometimes not
I wouldn't fire up any thing that seemed
a bit wet.

Nisq Paul

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by cemetary_ragdoll In reply to WD-40

this is tina.. looking for my father... if you were to put more info on yourself somewhere, i mgiht be able to find you.. if this is you.. seems like you

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it is possible

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

Palmetto has some good suggestions as far as the keyboard, mouse and monitor go it may be better to just replace.

My Dad was in FL last year in the hurricans and his computer got hit. I told him just make sure the inside is clean and dry and then good luck. He cleaned out the inside and let it sit a couple of days opened up. He was able to plug it in and it worked fine and still does. So it is possible to clean. I would take some canned air and **** into the vents on the power supply to make sure it is dry. There are a couple of big capacitors in them and if they are wet they will fry.

I don't have experience using WD-40 to clean out a computer but my initial concern would we any type of residue it leaves behind.

Hope your able to get the computers back up and running.

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by CharlieSpencer In reply to it is possible

Let me repeat I'm also not sure about the long term effects of WD-40. I do know the "WD" stands for "water displacing", and remaining water would be the first thing I'd be concerned with.

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Dont touch the machine interiors

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My suggestion is 'Dont touch the hardware'
Ignore the cost of the hardware itself. In case there was some valuable data, send it to a data recovery company for data recovery.

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Good idea, poorly expressed.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Dont touch the machine in ...

Some might interpret your post as an "ambulance chasing" effort to solicit business at the expense of hurricane victims.

You would have appeared less opportunistic had you included reasons for not attempting repairs. These could have included potential irretreivable loss of data by spinning up damaged drives. As a DR professional, I'm sure you can come up with more, better reasons you can share with us.

There are non-business users who surf the web, read and discard their e-mail, and use their computer as an entertainment device. To them, the hardware costs are significant, and the data is not worth the cost of recovering it.

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Proper procedures work for electronics

by execom In reply to Good idea, poorly express ...

To restore submerged electronics, the best process is to be sure the surfaces of all circuit boards are clean. Then compressed air (dry - not oiled) will remove most of the moisture. Then bake them at about 125 degrees until completely dry. Re-assemble and test.

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Give the Hardware a good cleanup!

by caring In reply to Proper procedures work fo ...

If submerged in clean water follow previous advice! If there are contaminants like mud etc, after dismanling a good wash in clean running water then a good **** with air or a hair dryer on low should do the trick. It has worked for us many times on many electronic pieces from TV's Computers, VCR's etc. etc.....
Good Luck

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