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My WD 500GB hard drive broke (Well, it has 1228 reallocated sectors and the bootloader is destroyed). I bought a new seagate 500GB drive for $4" at Pc Cyber. I am going to be replacing the old drive soon.

But, I am worried about static damage while I am working on the components. I have a solution which may work, and doesn't need any special products. Im thinking of just taking a length of bare copper wire, tying one end around my wrist and the other end around a screwhole or something on the case.

Would that work? Would the PSU need to be plugged in? Please explain what I need to do to make this work.
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post #2 of 12
I honestly never tether off. I always just rub the case before touching but also while installing just the way i am positioned i am always touching part of the case.
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post #3 of 12

honestly if you just touch the side of your case before you work on it you should be fine as that is all i usually do and have had zero issues with hardware i install... appart from when i was first starting and i didnt put in mobo standoffs -_-... the copper idea would work but if you wanted to you could just buy one of these for like 5 bucks at a computer store.

just clip it on your case
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post #4 of 12
just keep touching the inside of your case regularly

i've built a pc on a carpet before

no biggie

post #5 of 12
iv been building computers for YEARS and never once had any problems going in neked

..cant say there isnt a danger, but i have never had any issues, i just ground off on the case before said work, and im good..
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depends where you live, and what the humidity is like.

When I lived in New Mexico it was so Dry, often times the humidity was 0%... so I was getting static shocks quite often walking on carpet.

However now I live in New Zealand, and it's so wet and rainy that trying to get a static shock is almost impossible.

so yeah if it's really dry in your area, you should probably touch the metal of the case often, and ideally with your PSU plugged in, and turned off, (they usually have a switch next to the plug)
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post #7 of 12
Plug in a power supply to the wall socket. The PSU should be turned off. Then periodically touch the PSU as you work.

Your copper wire strategy could work as long as the wire always touched your skin. Also the wire not touching your skin should be insulated. The other end should be clamped to a case/psu.
Edited by Riou - 12/18/10 at 9:45pm
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So for touching the case, should the PSU be plugged in or not?
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post #9 of 12
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So for touching the case, should the PSU be plugged in or not?
Yes.
post #10 of 12
problem: help im worried i might shock my stuff! how can i not kill my stuff?
solution: BUILD YOU PC NEKKED!!!
no chance of static build up! you should try it some time.

but seriously, i take off my socks and any thing thats really staticy. i build my PCs on rugs all the time lol.
    
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