Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tech Tip: Water and Technology Don't Mix

It is no secret that water is electronic’s worst nightmare. In just seconds even a small amount of liquid can permanently destroy a computer.  The damage can be so widespread and difficult to detect that it is simply too expensive to fix. Considering that 70% of the earth is covered with water there is a good chance at some point that one of your favorite electronic gadgets is going to have a run in with H2O. So what do we do if that happens?
Act fast! If your computer or other electronics are exposed to water turn them off immediately. Most computers can be force shut down by holding down their power button for a few seconds. If you are able, also remove the battery. The faster you get your device turned off the better the chance you have of saving it.  (Photo by Otterbox)
Next,  tilt your computer or other device upside down to remove as much liquid as possible. Make sure to tilt it in all directions to make sure water isn’t stuck somewhere inside. Also take apart any removable parts, such as a removable drive, and try to shake the water out of them as well.
This last step is really important! Don’t try to turn your device back on until all remaining moisture is gone. If you are trying to dry out a small device like an iPod Touch or cellphone then some people suggest submerging it in a bowl of uncooked rice to speed up the drying process. Wait at least 24 hours before trying to turn your device back on. If it won’t turn on then check with the manufacturer to find out your options.
If it is a computer then take it to a local repair shop and have them check to see if the hard drive is damaged. In some cased your data might be recoverable.