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Old 02-18-2006, 06:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy static & hard drives

Hello everyone ! first time post-er,

i just found this forum through google,


first time building an external HDd, and decided to try because I heard its worth the building experience.

Anways, I was putting the hd to the cable, and i needed some leverage, so i put the hd towards my chest. I realized i was wearing a shirt that may produce static so i took it off. the hd came in contact with my clothes several times..

i know big mistake right?

just a precaution b4, i grounded myself by touching my dorm fridge, and i was wearing an anti-static bracelet that was grounded on the back of the dorm fridge. (weird i know, but seems like a good ground).

anyways question : i grounded myself often, touching a metal surface(may be painted, not too sure), in addition to wearing the anti-static bracelet. I didn't move around much if any, except to pivot my upper bod.

is my hdd in danger? [I]since it came in contact with my clothes? i keep telling myself its probably fine since i grounded my body and i was wearing an anti-static bracelet. i was hoping any static from my clothes would be grounded from my grounding activities ~ i don't really know the dynamics of static movement..[/I.

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Old 02-18-2006, 07:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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if it dont work its screwed if it does your ok only time will tell!!!

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Old 02-18-2006, 09:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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static damage seems to be pretty rare. plus you were grounded.

plug in your drive and run it. that's how you tell if it works or not.

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Old 02-19-2006, 01:56 AM   #4 (permalink)
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the idea of the static bracelet is to actually connect yourself to a true electrical ground. that is effectively connect you to the buildings ground wire, which is done when you connect it to a pc case that is plugged in (turned off at socket)
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