Self-computer repair is an excellent step forward. However, it is not always the better option; especially when it comes to hardware matters. It is not always wise to open up your computer to fix it, even if you are aware where the problem is.
I for one has made my computer worse by playing smart and opening up my laptop’s casing. I ended up wrecking more devices than I had intended to fix.
You will find some tutorials online about how to open up your computer, how to fix certain problems…etc. However, before you run to disintegrate your computer, please make sure that you are aware of the risks you impose to yourself, your computer, and your data.
Hint: Before you run to open up your computer, make sure you are aware of the cause of the problem; learn how to troubleshoot and find the cause of a computer problem.
Opening up your computer without prior caution measures, can lead to loss of data, wrecking of some computer devices, and even expose the user to electric shock.
Computer diagnosis is essential. However, some diagnosis procedures maybe risky and can lead to loss of data, or even harm to the user. When dealing with matters concerning hard disks for example, it is essential for the user to be vigilant and certain in every step they take. This is because the hard disk is the most important aspect in a computer.
Therefore, before you start to repair your computer all by yourself, make sure that you are aware of the risks involved and certainly know how to protect yourself from any of them.
Risks involved in Computer repair.
I have therefore listed some of the risks that people expose themselves to while performing some computer repairs.
I have also included the prevention measures for which a user is supposed to take to avoid the risks therein.
1. Electric shock.
Opening up a computers exposes conductive material underneath the computer casing. Which in a case can give you an electric shock if the power cable is still connected, the computer still has some charge left, or the user is not properly grounded or wet.
- It is wise for the user to ensure that they unplug the power cable from a computer before opening up the casing to repair a computer.
- The user should make sure to user non-conductive material while handling the computer devices, while the power cable is still plugged in. Most internal devices do not have insulated casings. It is therefore wise to handle the casing with care.
- Make sure that the ground, or the shoes you have on are not wet. Also, make sure that you do not place a mat under your feet, while opening up your PC, this may cause an electrocution.
- Although some computers still give an electric shock due to their conductive casing, it is also wise to make sure you always handle the computer by the casing to prevent electrocution.
2. Hardware damage.
People pose the risk of committing much more damage on their computers, while opening up the casing, or during a computer repair, than they can imagine.
Most of the times users are forced to repair more than one device during a computer repair. Not due to many devices that may have been messed up, but due to the damage they may have caused on their computers by opening them up.
It is true to say that; computers which do not get dissembled often do not age quickly.
- Please ensure that you handle each device in the computer with care. After dissembling a device from the computer, please make sure that you place them separately on a flat and stable surface, like a table.
- Ensure that each screw is placed separate according to the respective device it holds. They should also be placed on a flat and stable surface, most likely on a magnetic device.
- Ensure that you do not hit any device, or let any device fall on the ground.
- Make sure that you do not unplug, plug in any cables forcefully, this may break the cables, and you may be forced to buy a whole new device for that.
- Ensure that you do not lose holding screws for a device in your computer. This can lead to loosening of a device hence malfunction or even damage.
3. Data loss.
While troubleshooting your computer, it is ordinary for people to try and troubleshoot a device by turning the computer onto confirm the device that may be malfunctioning.
However this may not be a good idea when the computer casing is open, or when a device is already malfunctioned. It may cause more damage on the devices, as well as giving you an electrocution.
In case of data recovery, another mistake people make is installing and coping data on the partition which the data was located.
- Ensure that place back the computer’s casing before you connect your computer back to power, this will prevent you from getting an electric shock. You do not have to connect all the computer devices back. However, for the casing, do not risk.
- If windows keep restarting, or over heating when a device is connected, it is wise not to run the computer with the device pre-installed. This will only cause more damage to the computer and to the device.
4. Software repair safety precautions
- During a data recovery procedure, please ensure that you do not recover data on the same partition or drive in which the data was lost.
- Remember to retain data while installing windows to prevent loss of data on the previous partition.
- Ensure to backup your data before nay major change on your windows, for example an upgrade, or a windows re-installation.