Effects of HDD failure due to smoking article

December 14, 2009 at 19:15:41
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I recently made a post on my blog about Hard drive failure due to smoke particles. I would like to share it on these boards. I understand that some people will view this as spam, but I feel it is relevant information and I would like to become a contributing member to these forums as I feel I have a lot to contribute. If there is anything wrong with posting my blog posts here to provide information along with help people with problems let me know and I will not do it. Either way I would still like to become a contributing member on these boards.




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December 14, 2009 at 20:10:19
Harddrives have little filters in them....I doubt smoke would affect them.....z

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December 14, 2009 at 20:43:43
I doubt there'd be a problem posting your blog address. It's not as if you're selling anything. Probably just keep it as a signature.

I've opened quite a few computers owned by smokers. In those the dust balls that always accumulate are orange instead of gray. And everything in the case is coated by that same orange scum. Best thing to clean it off seemed to be something called Krud Kutter I'd get at Wal Mart.

"It was far easier for you as civilized men to behave like barbarians
than it was for them as barbarians to behave like civilized men."

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December 14, 2009 at 21:33:44
I'm one of your 21% Matt. I've opened several hdd's used by smokers (failed and just to destroy the drive) and have never seen cigarette smoke residue on a platter.

The internal failures I found were motor problems on most drives and a couple of physical crashes that caused platter damage on some old drives.

That said and if the information I've seen is correct, smoke particles rapidly become larger as the smoke cools and ages. As I remember, that is because the particles are liquid and not solid.

Feel free to correct me...you shouldn't trust my memory any more than I do.


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December 14, 2009 at 21:54:32
Hey troxed, very nice written article(simple english anyone can understand) and that hard drive picture is very helpful. It's seems like u have alot to contribute, u are welcome.

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December 15, 2009 at 05:58:45
You are correct, smoke particles are considered an aerosol. I am not saying that this is the only cause of a hard drive failure, just an often overlooked one. Usually, if the drive is in a smokey or dusty environment, it will fail due to other issues. This is just one of the possible reasons for a drive to fail. Also, it is very hard to diagnose this as smoke particles are so small that you would not be able to see them with the naked eye. So unless you have some sort of microscope and the time to look at the platter, you wouldn't be able to say that a smoke particle obstructed the head.


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