Flood Damaged PC’s and Servers

What to do if the Flood got your computer and/or server gear?

Today all of our equipment wither it is our computer or our personal electronics, it is all sensitive to water.

Having them under water or even just in getting splashed on can be devastating.

We always preach backups, but when was your last backup, or do you even have one.

When this happens we can help.

Our best suggestion is to not even guess about it.  Just try to dry it out or wring it out best you can, then bring it in to us.

We have experience in doing everything we can to get you up and running quickly.

Below is a few things I’ve posted before


Jim Lund


Fixing a Flood Damaged Hard Drive.

Flooding affects thousands of businesses each year, damaging critical computer systems and causing significant data loss. Modern systems are extremely sensitive to moisture and contamination, and flooding often causes extensive damage to both the mechanical and electronic components of hard drives and other storage devices.

Water damage requires prompt treatment, as fluids can permanently damage hard drive electronics and mechanical components.

If you have a flood-damaged hard drive, solid-state drive or hybrid drive, it is important to understand that media damage will become more extensive over time. Hard drives have a number of electronic components that degrade and corrode when exposed to contamination, and because floodwater is rarely sterile, media damage quickly worsens in the days and weeks following a flood.

The most severe damage occurs when floodwater penetrates the airtight enclosure that protects the hard drive’s actuator heads, platters and other components. Because these components are extremely sensitive, there is no safe way to clean floodwater from a flood-damaged drive outside of a carefully controlled Cleanroom environment.

For the best possible chances of a successful data recovery, you should call Fox Business Systems at 785-776-1452 as soon as you have access to your flood-damaged hard drive. Our Technicians can provide fast, reliable data recovery services, and our state-of-the-art technology allows for the highest possible recovery rates for water-damaged media. Contact us today to get started.

Preventing Corrosion and Media Damage

Floodwater can immediately damage a hard drive, and corrosion can occur within a few hours of exposure. Your actions immediately after flooding will greatly affect your chances of a successful data recovery.

To avoid serious platter damage, remove your drive from standing water and dry it off with a clean, lint-free towel. Ground yourself before handling the hard drive to prevent electrostatic discharge. Keep the hard drive in an anti-static bag until you can bring it in.

Do not attempt to clean or dry your drive with heat, compressed air or with any electrical device. Excessive heat can damage your hard drive’s printed circuit board, which is especially sensitive after exposure to floodwater.

Keep your hard drive turned off. A single attempt to boot your drive can cause extensive damage if the read/write heads are in contact with the platters that store your data, and even if your hard drive appears perfectly dry and unaffected by the flooding, power surges and other events may have caused internal component damage. Contact us as soon as possible to schedule a media evaluation.