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Old 04-12-2007, 02:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I believe static electricity can damage the mobo, the cpu and memory chips. Can it damage the optical drives or hard drives? I wouldn't think that it could.
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Old 04-12-2007, 03:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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hard drives yes....optical...sort of yes...

static could not really do much for the platters on a harddrive except to corrupt data. But all the drives, hd or optical have circuit board components, which could get fried by a pop from esd
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Static can damage pretty well any sensitive electronic equiptment/part. AFAIK....

Every part I have ever ordered has arrived in static protective film.

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Old 04-12-2007, 03:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks. I was thinking about installing a hard drive while working on a carpet. Haha. Good thing I asked you guys.
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Just make sure you ground yourself thats all.... I've installed stuff while on carpet...
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do it on a yoga mat...or not, lol...I'm flexible...I always grab my case with my monkey feet.
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buy an Anti-static wrist strap. It clips on to the case and grounds you while you work...you can get one for like 10 bucks.
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yeah get one of those straps to play it safe
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Default Re: What parts can static damage?

If I'm working on a carpeted floor, I just touch any metal part of the case, for a few seconds, to ground myself.
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I'm a bit paranoid about that. Last time I put together an old computer wearing that anti static strap, but couldn't get it to run. So I'm going to put it together in a garage with a concrete floor later. Probably I could get away with it on carpet but ... that's a lot of money on the line there.
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