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I replaced my ugly whiteout painted secondary PSU with my dad's old 193 watt PSU that came in his Sony VAIO. I plugged it into my ungrounded surge protector (stupid idea), and then knelt down to touch my case. After about 3 seconds, I realized that I had eletricity runing through my hand. It took me about 5 seconds to figure out that I had plugged the PSU into a surge protector that was ungrounded and I quickly shut the surge protector off (the PSU dosn't have an on/off switch for some reason). After that, I plugged the surge protector into the only grounded outlet in my room, and the PSU no longer passes electricity through my case. I haven't turned my computer on since this happend because I am afraid that the PSU fried my hard drive (because it sits right on top of it in the front of the case), or other components. My computer was insulated from the ground because it sits on a wooden shelf on my desk (which sits on carpet on the second story of a 90 year old duplex with a wooden foundation). Should my computer be ok? Everything smells fine, and there are no visable burnt components.
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3700 ClawHammer DFI NF4X Infinity Windows XP pro SP2 Env!sion 17" crt 
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crappy HP keyboard Aspire 520 + micro 193 Scorpio 868 Highly Modded Logitech mx310 :) 
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crappy HP keyboard Aspire 520 + micro 193 Scorpio 868 Highly Modded Logitech mx310 :) 
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post #2 of 3
I really wouldnt worry about that the metal on a hdd i think is non conductive (guessing) because your ps grounds to itself then thanks to it being bolted to your case lets the electricity flow through out. I had my comp pluged into an ungrounded outlet for about a year no problems just startled me when i touched the case .
    
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Alright, thanks. My 2nd PSU isn't bolted to the case though. But I finally got enough nerve to boot my computer up, and no data corruption problems so far.
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CPUMotherboardOSMonitor
3700 ClawHammer DFI NF4X Infinity Windows XP pro SP2 Env!sion 17" crt 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
crappy HP keyboard Aspire 520 + micro 193 Scorpio 868 Highly Modded Logitech mx310 :) 
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CPUMotherboardOSMonitor
3700 ClawHammer DFI NF4X Infinity Windows XP pro SP2 Env!sion 17" crt 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
crappy HP keyboard Aspire 520 + micro 193 Scorpio 868 Highly Modded Logitech mx310 :) 
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