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I just had my first piece of hardware lost to a leak Apparently my 400mm helix res had a very slow leak where the tube in which the cathode is housed connects to the bottom. The sound dampening foam has apparently been absorbing it right underneath the reservoir for quite a while now (not to my knowledge) and apparently became too saturated. A merciless torrent of distilled water ionized by a kill coil made it's way to one set of my HDDs, killing 3 of them A huge plume of smoke, thick like rich diesel exhuast, forced it's way out of the computer nearly asphyxiating me. I dove for the psu, my chair being flung halfway across my apartment, and ripped the power cable out. A few minutes later after unscrewing all of the hexbolts holding my side panel on I found 2 of the 1.5tb and 1 320gb (legacy hdd from highschool with tons of memories) hdds soaked in water with charred pcbs. The water missed my 500gb colossus by less than a centimeter. I let out a shriek in joy and exuberance.

I learned a valuable lesson today. Never put hdds at the bottom of the case just in case of leaks and that I should have watercooled my hdds since the enclosure would have saved them.

Hope this little anecdote brightened your day. It certainly made mine quite entertaining. Looks like it took an act of god to remind me that seagates suck.

What sucks most about this is that I leak tested properly and all of the fittings were in place correctly. It was a manufacturer error that screwed me.
Edited by fat_italian_stallion - 3/28/11 at 8:42pm
 
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I am sorry for your loss
    
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Lol, good thing you are keeping your cool about it, makes those things much easier to deal with.
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I've been waiting for something to happen for quite a while. It's more of an awakening than anything else. No important data was lost since it was all backed up. It makes me realize that I can't get too comfortable with building loops. I've been lazy with leak testing for the last 2 or so years on my WC builds and need to start doing it again. I seriously would have drop kicked my old macbook pro if the water had killed my colossus. Took forever to save for that thing darn drive. At least now I have a reason to pick up some 2tb wd drives.
 
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And if you didn't buy a overpriced showy reservoir with mediocre quality (from what I have seen) you would be fine.

Sorry I just needed to say that.
    
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Haha, sorry for your loss but good thing your SSD remained unharmed!
    
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now im afraid of water cooling....im not going to use an h50 in my next build NO WAY...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by theamdman View Post
now im afraid of water cooling....im not going to use an h50 in my next build NO WAY...
Even closed loops can leak.
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Originally Posted by Somenamehere View Post
And if you didn't buy a overpriced showy reservoir with mediocre quality (from what I have seen) you would be fine.

Sorry I just needed to say that.
It is completely mediocre. I'm going to get some silicon to seal it up tomorrow. Just glad the DD rad res I have hasn't sprung a leak, especially since it's directly over my psu. I don't mind how much I paid for it. It looks pretty sick and really makes the internals of the build.

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now im afraid of water cooling....im not going to use an h50 in my next build NO WAY...
no reason to worry. I probably have one of the more complex loops on OCN and if a leak is going to happen chances say it'll happen on mine. First leak in 2 years, I'm extremely happy. Next one won't happen for another 2! All of my important parts are really isolated from anything that has a high chance of leaking so I'm not worried.
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Quote:
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Even closed loops can leak.
hmmm what bout a h70?
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