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The concern isn't really when it's in the fridge but when you take it out. The cold laptop/parts will pull the water out of the air AFTER it's taken out of the fridge, even if it was in a plastic bag. Think of a glass of water, it doesn't 'sweat' when it's in the fridge but you take it out on a hot day and it does. The other concern is, depending on the ...


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No, hard drives are in sealed enclosures and these images are marketing shots to give you an idea of the engineering inside.


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As you suspect, it is not a very good idea. The cooler air inside the fridge can quickly condense the vapor normally found in the air, producing little droplets of water on the coolest parts (such as the motherboard). Even if you find it effective, it may result in damage to your computer. I simply suggest you not do it. Read USGS website for more ...


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Yes, it should be safe. Just be sure to put your motherboard on something not conductive, like cardboard box, and it should not touch anything that conducts electricity, including your main computer case. I did this few times. If you stop by in almost any computer shop, technicians do this sort of thing routinely.


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As others already said, you're killing your laptop with the condensation. The water will usually not lead to a short circuit immediately, but instead lead to rust buildup first before the final shutdown after a couple times in the freezer. Better solutions: You say the laptop is still under warranty: Use the warranty. Bottled air to clean the fans without ...


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Comparing the TigerDirect page for a Seagate ST2000DM001 to the Amazon page for the ST2000DM001, we see that the TigerDirect page includes a few more pictures for that exact model number. One of the pictures shows the drive with the case on. This suggests that the other 3 stores you checked just decided, for whatever reason, not to show the product as ...


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@Paul is absolutely correct. Hard drives need to be enclosed (I'd say sealed, except they are not quite sealed - but the tiny area which is not sealed is behind a heavy filter). It makes sense that drives need to be sealed when you realise how they work. The drive head floats very slightly above the platter to read the information. The thing is that that ...


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I have a similar overheating problem with my MacBook. The fan was always spinning away. My solution was to freeze an ice pack (I think that's what they're called). Wrap it in a tea towel (to absorb moisture) and sit my MacBook on that. After a few minutes or so, the fan stopped and my MacBook was happily cooled.


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This is not new. Here's an ad for a 10 MB HDD which also most definitely did not ship with open disks. https://plus.google.com/+DeryaUnutmaz/posts/hUWkX1Ukhiy Here's how a 10MB HDD looked like


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In Windows you have case sensitive extensions, but you can't put these two files in the same directory. Why not? If a drive is formatted as NTFS you can have both example.JPG and example.jpg. However, if you attempt to open one of these files in a Win32 application, such as Notepad, you would only have access to one of the files, regardless of the ...


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Motherboards follow standard specifications. These specifications include many different metrics and details, such as motherboard dimensions, features, etc. Modern computer chassis (cases) are ATX standard. Most of the cases you will be looking at are ATX. However there are options around this. ATX motherboards will always fit into ATX cases. microATX ...


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It's marketing. A hard drive cover is boring; the internals look impressive. This isn't a new concept, for example this Intel processor doesn't actually have a semi-translucent heat spreader:


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37 degrees should not be a problem at all. Naturally, hard drives differ in their specs, some can run hotter than the others. You should check the published specifications of the drives that you have. For example, WD Caviar Black 1TB operational temperature is -0° C to 60° C. Of course, you would not want your drive to run 60°, as it might reduce its life ...


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Yes, you can power on the motherboard outside of its case. Just keep some precautions, like laying a piece of cardboard underneath the board, and you're good to go. Also, human body contains static charge, so ground the static by touching a grounded appliance or wiring a ground circuit. Static charge in the human body might damage sensitive electronic ...


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I personally used canned air (aka difluroethane). Just make sure you don't let the blades of the fan spin while you are spraying the canned air as it may damage something.


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For display purposes only. The read-write heads move across the disk, flying on a thin film of air about 3-7 millionths of an inch thick. Finger prints and the finest dust will bridge this, causing a head crash. A human hair is a mountain in size in comparison at about 0.5-6 thousandths of an inch Most drives available have a sealed container with a ...


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The really important aspect of cooling is good airflow. Most cases have a front-to-back airflow: air goes in at the front and out at the back. Reasons for this direction include the location of the power supply unit at the back (a major heat generator, so its air must be evacuated directly) and the preference not to blow hot air towards the user of the ...


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Air Freshener sounds like a good idea, least on the short run. Taking apart your computer as far as possible, dismantling all the plastic trim off the case, and wiping down everything non electronic with a solution of vinegar might help - metafilter seems to suggest being in the same vicinity as a bowl of vinegar may help too. The same thread also seems ...


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Most of the smell will be in the PSU, cleaning the case will help, but you should replace the PSU, no good way to clean the inside of a PSU of cigarette residue. Example of a heavy computer and cigarette user.


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Mechanical hard drives will always come in sealed metal enclosures. The only exception I know to the "solid metal enclosure" rule, was the Western Digital Raptor X, a hi-performance 150Gb 10k RMP HDD: it was sealed with a transparent plexiglas enclosure, so you could effectively see the spinning disks and the moving head. You can find more image about ...


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I would just buy a 2.5" drive and use a mounting kit: Now that they all use the same SATA ports, you just use the same standard connectors as any other hard drive.


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There are usually special trays on which you can screw an SSD and then screw the whole tray into a 3.5" slot. Also common is the approach that the tray can fit either a 2.5" SSD or a 3.5" HDD. So no special precautions have to be taken. These should come with your case. This part from the specs hints at the fact, that the trays come with the case and are ...


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The condensation that could form when you remove the laptop from the fridge would make me worry enough to not to do it at all. I have seen people that have drilled holes in the body for cooling and other crazy things like that in the past. Maybe it's time to upgrade the machine? EDIT from comments: Stop using Google Chrome for Mac. It seems to consume far ...


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USB3 requires new connectors, with more connections in them. These are backwards compatible, Therefore a USB1/USB2 device will plug into a USB3 host, but this means that unless your case has the new connectors, you can't in a USB3 device. You could still use these connectors for USB1/USB2 devices, or use USB3 devices in a USB1/2 compatibility mode.


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The point is to remove heat from the case so: heat rises, so fans at the top of the case blow the hot air out and fans at the bottom blow cold air in. fans near hot components (CPU, Power supply, high end graphic cards) blow air out because you want to remove the hot air - not spread it around. you have to have good airflow where hot air is continually ...


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Not the answer you're going to like: Most computer cases are built to both maximize airflow and direct the heat transfer away from the intakes. Pulling cool air in from the front and side then blowing hot air out the back has been fairly standard for decades. The problem with pulling cool air and blowing out hot air from the same side (the front) is that it ...


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This is a rather interesting article on the subject. It was our assumption that the tests with ALL the fans in operation would produce the best results but it didn’t. Time to idle represents how effectively the configuration removes heat from the PC case. The shorter the time the better. CPU peak and idle as well as System peak and idle are easy to ...


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As the previous posters wrote, condensation is a major danger for the laptop, so putting it in the fridge could possibly be the end of it. The overheating issue most probably is due to the fact that dust, fluff, animal/human hair and other materials have clogged the laptop's metal grille between the fan and the air vent. Additionally, the thermal paste ...


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Have a look at the retr0bright page. “The problem was finally cracked in late July 2008 with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, a small amount of an “Oxy” laundry booster as a catalyst and a UV lamp; we believed that this could do the job in hours instead of days. " Forum support thread on AmiBay. After and before:


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Well, all three options are possible. The chassis fan option is definitely the best option - it will do speed control, and will keep the fans running at the required speed. Where possible, this is the best option. Use the chassis fan controllers first The molex/fan connector connected to a molex connector will have the fan running at full speed all the ...



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