First published April 2005
by ActionFront Data Recovery Labs
Data Recovery Handling Tips & ESD Precaution
Mishandling is a leading cause of hard disk drive failure.
ESD (Electrostatic Discharge)
A familiar form of Electrostatic Discharge, often called “static electricity”, is the shock we receive after walking across a carpet. In a technical environment, ESD can be very costly by harming devices or components. ESD may cause a catastrophic failure that appears immediately or a latent failure in which gradual degradation occurs during use, resulting in eventual failure.
Computer professionals should purchase ESD wrist straps, floor mats and educate themselves on the ESD precautions.
A personal user should discharge the static on themselves by touching a metal object before touching a computer, hard drive or other component. Humid air helps to dissipate electrostatic charges in very cold or dry areas.
Hard Disk Drive Do’s
– Handle a hard disk drive as you would handle an egg.
– Always use ESD precautions.
– Handle drives one at a time.
– Handle drives only by the sides.
– Pad all hard disk drive work surfaces.
– Handle even failed hard disk drives with care.
– Wait 10 seconds after power down before moving to assure the drive has stopped spinning.
– Eliminate movement of unprotected drives: Use ESD packaging (anti-static bag) while moving and minimize
Hard Disk Drive Don’ts
– Never drop drives.
– Never allow drives to come in contact with hard surfaces.
– Never stack drives, even in the ESD protective bag.
– Never contact the PCBA with tools or without ESD protection.
– Never stand drives on end.