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How Sturdy (Shock-Proof) is an SSD?

I recently started carrying my SSD to and from work rather than my entire computer. So I bought a case on Amazon to protect it while it is in my bag. I was surprised to find that the case was ...
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Danger/Risk of Plugging USB Devices into Powered USB Ports

This question seems like it would have a logical answer, but I thought I’d ask to be safe. As shown in the photo below, there exist externally-powered USB hubs (A) and USB power-adapters—like the ...
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Does the sunlight destroy the Optical Disks data?

I was reading this question about destroying safety data from CD's and I was about to recommend in a comment to use this laser in form of a lighter that is >2000 times more powerful than the sun in ...
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Can using higher rated battery damage device?

I am in need of a battery for my Lenovo 3000 Y410 Laptop. It's installed battery has voltage rating of 10.8v. But the shop i've consulted has only a battery of 11.1v rating. Should I buy the ...
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How to diagnose the fault of a laptop that sometimes doesn't boot?

I've an old Samsung NC-10 but sometimes it doesn't boot. The alimentation led turn on and I hear the fan but the monitor is black and nothing happen. If I try many times to reboot then after many ...
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Windows computer getting Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) after a fall

Accidentally knocked my laptop onto the ground last night and have been having some trouble with it since. After picking it up, I opened the screen to make sure there wasn't any obvious damage and, ...
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What effects does heat have on an LCD screen?

EDIT : This question was wrongly marked as a duplicate (see comments) and has thus got bad reputation. I have still not been able to find any solution, answers will be appreciated. Unfortunately some ...
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Tried to clean phone screen with water, got water patches on screen [closed]

I stupidly tried to clean my screen by dropping a small amount of water and then drying it up using a cloth (instead of rubbing it with a already wet cloth). My screen now has water patches similar to ...
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Damaged laptop power plug?

Should I be worried about a damaged computer plug? My parents (or someone) knocked it over today. I notice it is no longer straight. There seems like a little tear in the rubber from the fall. I'm ...
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Neo magnet damage to electronics

Ok, so here is the situation. We use tablets, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite to be exact, in our production facility to deliver configuration parameters to our employees. It is often the case that they ...
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Does Torrent programs damage hard disk

As it's clear from the title. Someone told me that torrent programs keep reading and writing to HDD for long time and that will slow down this HDD and may cause damage to it. Is that true ??
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TrueCrypt Hidden Volumes: Can the outer volume be actively updated safely?

I have encrypted my hard drive using the TrueCrypt hidden volume option. Therefore, I have two volumes: An outer volume where I place some sensitive-looking data. A hidden volume where I place the ...
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Laptop doesn't recognize operating system after being punched

My laptop was annoying me and I punched it. My mistake. Now, when I turn it on, it enters in something called "Aptio Setup Utility - Copyright (C) 2012 American Megatrends, Inc." It's a blue and ...
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Which parts of a laptop can be damaged by drop impact?

I have Macbook pro late 2013 with SSD. 1-2 times I dropped it inside bag (with protection) from about 30-40 CM while it's off. I know that when laptop with HDD, there is chance that HDD can be ...
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SMD transistor on motherboard is blown after a big spark; case fan no longer works

So I installed a new fan and upon turning on the computer there was a huge spark with loud bang. Everything stopped working until I unplugged power from motherboard. Now upon boot, computer says one ...
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Moving an external hard drive while running

I mean physically moving the drive around. I've never dealt with external hard drives before. Just plugged this wd mypassport to test the transfer rate. At one point I 'safely ejected' the drive. A ...
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What damage should I prepare for (software and hardware wise) if electricity goes off? [closed]

Using a new PC and I'm concerned. In the last week electricity went off three times while I was using the PC, and I know that can potentially lead to massive damages, software or hardware wise. So how ...
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Could game cartridges or flash-drives be damaged by the magnet in an external hard-drive?

I found out that I had stored one of my external hard-drives right on top of a bunch of Nintendo DS and GameBoy Advance cartridges and a few flash-drives for a while. Is there a chance they could ...
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water damage keyboard not working correctly

I have a Sony Vaio VGN-AW330J laptop, I spilled water on it over a year ago. At the time when i spilled water on it, I immediately turned it off and let it dry for a week. After a week I tried to turn ...
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Is it possible to pause CloneZilla?

I've been running a clone on a drive with bad sectors for 7 hours. The external is getting hot to the touch. I'd rather not fry both drives, but I also don't want to start over. Google results came up ...
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After data recovery software needed [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I recover lost/inacessible data from my storage device? I accidentally deleted all files from one of my hard drives. I have recovered most of the files, but there ...
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What happens when water is spilled in a powered-on PC?

I spilled some water into a PC (it got through the fan vents) and it powered down immediately. I just got a few splashes on the motherboard and graphics card. Is it fried? Also: The RAM did not get ...
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Can flash memory be physically damaged if power is interrupted while writing?

If data is actively being written to a flash memory device, can a memory cell (or perhaps the entire memory device) be physically damaged if power is removed, or will data simply be corrupted? Can ...
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How much “jarring” is enough to damage a hard drive? [closed]

Roughly what amount of physical jarring is enough to damage a hard disk (like crashing the head onto the platter)? Yes, it's subjective, and all drives are rated differently, but I'm not looking for ...
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What configuration parameter can cause physical damage to the screen?

During an interview, I was asked that whether a buggy or faulty display software driver can cause physical screen damage. During discussion of that question, the interviewer mentioned that ...
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Can a power failure or forceful shutdown damage hardware?

Can computer hardware suffer damage from forceful shutdowns (holding the power button for five (5) seconds) or power failures? I believe that normal PC hardware does not suffer from this - after ...
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Can an energy saving powerboard damage your computer?

Two months ago, I bought a Jackson Master/Slave Green Energy Saving Powerboard. I plugged my high-end gaming desktop computer into the master port, and the screen, speakers, etc. into the slave ...
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Is it bad practice to cover a removed HDD to protect from dust accumulation while it's running as an external?

I have an internal laptop HDD that I'm using for data recovery out in the open temporarily, and didn't want any dust to collect on it. I've placed an upturned paper plate on top of the drive to ...
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Cannot enter BIOS due to broken screen

Lately my laptop(hp g42 247sb) screen is damaged, so I hook it up with a external monitor(LG something) and it works fine now. But the only annoying thing is I cannot navigate the BIOS menu for some ...
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How to open a damaged truecrypt container?

Recently my hard disk got flushed, all my data was erased.I recovered that data from recovery tool. My Truecrypt container(1 GB) also got recovered, but I am unable open the encrypted volume. An error ...
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Is possible to “overwrite” a written CD/DVD ? (the purpose would be damage existing files)

Is it possible to "force" somehow the dvd-rom (cd-rom) to write again over an already burned dvd (cd) with the purpose of making the data unreadable, but the disk to remain intact?
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How to test if a processor is heat damaged?

I have an older PC with an Phenom II processor that we use as a kids' computer. It's been running fine until about a week ago when it randomly shut down and would not get past the Windows load screen ...
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What keeps turning my monitor on?

I've got a laptop that's suffered some chassis damage that makes it very cumbersome to open/close the laptop. Normally, the metal ends of the LCD hold onto the chassis, but in this case the magnesium ...
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Surface Pro magnetic connectors next to laptop

I have seen questions about magnets and damage to laptops, but they were about weaker magnets like headsets and mobile phones. I normally place my laptop in a backpack when I travel. I recently ...
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Can some software physically damage hardware?

I know a question similar to this one has been asked before however it was about installing a 32bit OS on a 64bit laptop. My question is more....damaging. I was wondering if there was a way of ...
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USB drive errors after airport scan

I just got a new PNY usb drive and it passed through an airport scanner yesterday. For some reason, I wrote to it and then tried to read from it today, and it gave me a corrupted error! chkdsk ...
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Will my speakers be damaged if I play extreme frequencies through them?

I noticed my laptop struggling to play low frequencies and unsmooth periodic functions like square and sawtooth waves. Instead of low noises it sounded like a cell phone vibrating on a hard table. Is ...
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Windows 7 UFD not responding after hard ejection

On a specific Windows 7 installation, I've got a USB flash drive that was removed while writing to it and since then on that specific machine the OS will not recognize it. When I plug it in, it take a ...
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Use software to physically damage an HDD? [duplicate]

Is there any way to cause physical harm to your HDD via software? For example a way to... for example cause the drive head to scratch the platter?
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How to fix damaged NTFS partition?

I have an external HDD with one NTFS partition. I wanted to transfer some files between PCs, so I have copied some files from Debian PC to the drive. After then as usual I have chosen safety remove ...
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Laptop Keyboard Water Damage

I have an ASUS g75VW laptop that I bought a couple months ago. A few days ago I accidentally spilled a glass of water on the keyboard when I was cleaning up my desk (I about had a heart attack). I ...
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How can I ensure that my laptop will be replaced under warranty? [closed]

I know this is a controversial question but please hear me out. I bought a laptop from one of the major Computer companies in the UK. I bought a 3yr accidental warranty with it. Ever since I bought ...
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I have accidentally spilt coffee on my desktop keyboard

I have accidentally spilt coffee on my keyboard. I unplugged it and let it dry for half an hour, then I reattached it and it worked perfectly for one hour of continuous use - but then I tried a couple ...
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Internet not connecting via LAN port (damaged LAN port)

I am a Dell Inspiron N5010 user, and I use wired internet. Recently, when I tried to remove the ethernet cable from my LAN port, it was not coming out even though I pressed the clip and pulled it. So ...
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Can Screwdrivers With Magnetic Tips Cause Damage To Electronics?

While it is convenient to pick screws with magnetized tips i wonder if the magnetism can cause any damage to electronics?
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Huge area of stuck pixels

A toddler slammed down my laptop screen while an iPod was laying on top of the keyboard. The damage resulted in a massive area of stuck pixels on the laptop screen, approximately 2 inches by 10 ...
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Share NIC from 32-bit VM?

My onboard NIC just failed after a lightning-related power outage and the only replacement NIC I have does not have 64-bit windows drivers. Could I run a 32-bit windows VM, connect to my USB NIC then ...
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Getting data off a flaky WD external drive

I have a Western Digital 1TB MyBook with some photos that I would like to offload and access. A PC seems to see the drive; a Mac doesn't see it over Firewire or USB. Between Windows 7, Windows XP, ...
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Windows shell damaged? Basic tabs and buttons layout with Aero enabled

I would need little help from you. This is first time I see something like this happen to shell in Windows 7, as you can see, tabs and buttons in some programs, or control panel (see screenshot) are ...
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Bent processor socket pins LGA1155 after overheating CPU

I have an i7-2600k (not overclocked) on an ASUS P8Z68 V-Pro motherboard that I was cooling using a Corsair H60 since last August. My A/C went out for a period of two weeks and my ambient temperature ...