Data Recovery From a Flood

Water and electronics don't mix. Water have 2 damaging components to storage drives. The first problem is corrosion. Water can be corrosive to most metals. Corrosion is a natural process that occurs when metals react with oxygen and form metal oxides. All water contains some dissolved oxygen and is therefore somewhat corrosive. The rate of corrosion depends on many factors including the water's pH, electrical conductivity, oxygen concentration, and temperature.

The second problem and most destructive is Ion-rich water. This will create conductive paths between electrical components which are not supposed to be thus connected, and the voltage difference will cause a current to flow, creating short circuits or near short circuits. It is following the path of least resistance. ... You need to look at water as a very high resistance. With water damaged drives the electricity can now travel in new paths and directions that the printed circuit board was not designed to do. This can cause damage to the electronic technology as well as the internal mechanical parts.

So what should you do when water has spilled on your laptop?

We need to stop both problems which water creates!


1: The short circuiting that liquids make can be stopped by turning your computer off! and disconnecting it from the power supply.

2: Is the corrosion problem! We need to dry out the electronics by opening the laptop up. You can also clean the circuit board using isopropyl alcohol. Don't bother with rice, whoever told you that has never seen this work themselves.

Zero Alpha has plenty of experience of recovering data from floods and water damage drives