method for storing & cleaning spilled HDD & other hardware

February 19, 2012 at 07:30:03
Specs: Windows XP Pro
i have an hdd that got some sort of unidentified food product spilled on it. actually it looks it was set in a spill of some sort. im wondering what method to use to clean this gunk off. i will do my best to check that it was non-invasive. also are there any special considerations for storing hardware, besides the obvious like not setting 'em down in goo. can they b placed in a box together for instance? (hard drives, various pci cards, ram, etc...)

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February 19, 2012 at 07:43:32
Hi Noble,

lightly dampen a piece of white* kitchen roll with surgical spirit (rubbing alcohol) and rub gently to remove.

Do not use where there is printing, as this could be removed.

Be patient - allow time for the spirit to work.

*if not white, spirit may cause transfer of colour to the item being cleaned and this may then be difficult to subsequently remove.

Please advise back on progress.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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February 19, 2012 at 07:46:34
surgical spirit = rubbing alcohol?

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February 19, 2012 at 11:08:40
If the external hard drive is no longer in warranty I suggest you open the case and remove the drive. Then clean the enclosure with hot water on a rag. You can be more aggressive with the dampness once the drive has been removed. After you are done, let the enclosure set out for a extended period of time to be certain any dampness in the circuits is gone. Then re-assemble.

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