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    can a soaked computer be saved?

    A friend of mine lives with her brother who is mentally ill. Yesterday she came home to find that he had put a bunch of electrical devices in a bathtub full of water...including her computer and monitor. She said they were completely submerged and other things were piled on the monitor holding it down.

    Is there anything she can do to save them?

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    Were the devices on at the time they were submerged?
    If you let them dry they may still be able to work.
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    I don't think they were on at the time.

    Does it need to be opened and taken apart?

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    No you do not need to take it apart, if you soak something what you need to do is allow it to dry in an area with good airflow, do not use or turn it on for at least 48 hours and ensure that before you do turn it on you open it up and make sure every component is dry, a can of compressed air might help with some of the residue moisture if you spray upward and have it hanging upside down. I have managed to save soaked things before but all you can do is try and hope it works, just be sure to insulate the electrical plug and the machine when you turn it on, don't want to see an explosion or a small fire!

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    Yeah, give 'em a few days and they could start working again. That said, I would pull the hard drives before firing up the PC for the first time. Hardware is replacable, data isn't.

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    Right, if you have a blower, so much the better. Let it dry for 24 hours and then use the blower. I recommend take the computer apart piece by piece just to make sure no water residue is present.

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    Yes let it dry. wait for few days and better open the laptop and use an airblower to dry its components. I think you should open each component (ie keyboard, ram, every connector) because once the water gets in, it will take months to evaporate. As laptop motherboard has very tiny components and there is a chance that even a single miro-drop can burn your device ( can short the busses of motherboard).

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    Hope it wasn't a laptop--with the internal batteries, they stay "hot" and tend to fry real quick.

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    Open it up and let it dry under the sun. I won't recommend a blower that blows hot air it might fry the internal circuits and components. This might sound silly but do not ever plug it.


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