Originally Posted by Beer can
Kids spilt milk in our new laptop, fried it. Fixed under warranty but supposedly nothing salvageable. Lucky we didn't have it that long, not much on it. Wife had hundreds of pictures developed through shutterfly afterwards, not trusting any backup anymore.
I fell asleep at the kitchen table (was tired..) and spilled probably the better part of a 24oz mug of beer in old laptop, it was drenched, wife was furious. I don't understand kids don't get in trouble 'accident' but me?...
Laptop was fine, keys sticky and crunchy after but fine.
Proves beers good milk bad right?
fwiw, I am the "ex-Surgeon General of the Internet"...so let me offer a little clarity.
There is nothing in milk that affects computers that isn't in beer, water, or any other liquid. Electricity and moisture aren't good together, period. There is also no way that milk spilt on a laptop is going to leave nothing salvageable, whomever told you that was either telling you it would be too expensive for you to retrieve the data, or that they didn't know how. I have seen data reconstructed off a hard drive that had 35 x 1/4" drill holes in it. Even a smashed hard disk (and I mean smashed in a compactor) can yield much of its data.
Originally Posted by Kassaundra
I wonder if the criminals on the crime dramas know about the milk thing? They blow their laptops up w/ fire and bombs and the police can still pull off enough info to convict them, throwing some milk on it would be so much easier for them.
Its far more spectacular to see an explosion, and far more impressive to see them recover the data. Its TV or a movie, don't believe any of it...;-]
If you ever spill anything on a puter, turn it off ASAP, then either cover it in uncooked rice, let it dry in the air, or open it and dry off all the components. Leave it for at least 3 days, preferably 7. Then start it up again. It should be fine, even if you spilled a syrupy drink on it.
Edited by NTBugtraq - 2/15/16 at 12:34pm