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Old June 11, 2011, 09:22 PM
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Default Moisture in DVD drive?

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So I finally finished building my new PC the other day. I closed up the case, plugged everything in, and then washed & dried my hands afterwards. I then turned on the PC, inserted the Windows 7 DVD in the DVD drive, and installed Windows.

I was wondering, what if I didn't completely dry my hands after washing them, and some moisture got onto the DVD into the DVD drive? The PC installed Windows and appears to be reading OK from the DVD drive, but do you think I might have caused any damage to it?

I'm running MemTest86+ on it now to check it, and it runs IntelBurnTest successfully for 5-10 passes... Sorry for the strange question, but I am paranoid at causing damage to my PC.

Thanks in advance for your input.
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Old June 11, 2011, 09:25 PM
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The amount of moister o your hands wont hurt your dvd drive, since for one it is working, 2 by now it is going to be dry. Unless you are talking enough liquid to leak out of your dvd drive it isnt going to short out the rest of your system. So no you are fine.

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Old June 11, 2011, 11:10 PM
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unless it shorts out which will travel to your mobo and or psu killing everything else?

no worries.
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Old June 11, 2011, 11:30 PM
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I think you need a bubble to live in. That or a clean room just for building computers.

Who knows, maybe a piece of dust is going to land on a pin on your motherboard, it's going to be a bit heavier than normal, and the room's humidity is going to be somewhere between 75 and 78%. I think the world might implode then.

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Old June 11, 2011, 11:38 PM
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Let's see.....your chances of damaging your processor by running IntelBurnTest are infinitely higher than the chance you'll destroy or damage your computer by shoving a wet dvd into your optical drive.
You might have built up a slight charge while installing your memory kit and a tiny electrostatic discharge conducted itself through the heatspreader of your memory, arced through the pin and caused minute damage to a memory chip that will slowly degrade over time, ever so slowly and fail one day and take your whole computer.
Your paranoia has much more pressing issues to deal with other than a small drop of water

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Old June 12, 2011, 02:12 AM
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i used to do the paste + water polish method on scratched discs and they would be quite damp after i patted them off with a towel but never ran into any issues, still the best drive i have
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Old November 8, 2011, 03:09 AM
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It is a unique method described by you, and i think people should not try this. i think the best option we have for cleaning of CD and DVD is use a tissue on which a thin layer of absorbent is poured and it will be nice and clean surface for any CD.

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Old November 8, 2011, 07:05 AM
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no worries for when disk SPIN DRIED your sloppy wet mitts
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