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  1. #121
    The Official "I spilled liquid in my MacBook, what do I do now?" Thread
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    Removing a hard drive from a MacBook or MacBook Pro is a fairly easy do it yourself task. What you will need after it's removed is either an adapter or a SATA external USB carrier so you can attach it to another machine and extract your data. See removal instructions at iFixit: The free repair manual.

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    Thank you! That site looks very helpful and it does seem like a fairly straightforward process as long as I can get the hard drive out.

  3. #123
    The Official "I spilled liquid in my MacBook, what do I do now?" Thread

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    This thread brings back horrible memories for me. I had a Pinot Grigio spill and that was the end of a six month old macbook pro! Now that I have replaced it I bought an accidental damage warranty and a keyboard cover. Talk about an EXPENSIVE mistake!

    However, I was able to find a company that bought it from me for $400.00. I didn't think I would have been able to get that as other sites and local companies offered me next to nothing for it.

  4. #124
    Quote Originally Posted by CityGirl81 View Post
    This thread brings back horrible memories for me. I had a Pinot Grigio spill and that was the end of a six month old macbook pro! Now that I have replaced it I bought an accidental damage warranty and a keyboard cover. Talk about an EXPENSIVE mistake!

    However, I was able to find a company that bought it from me for $400.00. I didn't think I would have been able to get that as other sites and local companies offered me next to nothing for it.
    Do you recall what company that was by any chance?

  5. #125
    The Official "I spilled liquid in my MacBook, what do I do now?" Thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyler04 View Post
    Do you recall what company that was by any chance?
    cash4macbooks.com

    They will actually send you the shipping label and if you choose paypal as the method to be paid, once they evaluate your laptop they deposit the money. They got my macbook last Saturday at 11:30EST and I had a paypal deposit not even 45 minutes later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CityGirl81 View Post
    cash4macbooks.com

    They will actually send you the shipping label and if you choose paypal as the method to be paid, once they evaluate your laptop they deposit the money. They got my macbook last Saturday at 11:30EST and I had a paypal deposit not even 45 minutes later.
    Thanks, I will certainly look into this!
    In good news, my new iMac is on its way to its new home. Hoping no wine accidents will occur with this!

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    The Official "I spilled liquid in my MacBook, what do I do now?" Thread
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyler04 View Post
    In good news, my new iMac is on its way to its new home. Hoping no wine accidents will occur with this!
    You're going to have to spill an awful large amount of wine to liquid damage an iMac (put on the swim trunks)!

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  8. #128
    The Official "I spilled liquid in my MacBook, what do I do now?" Thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyler04 View Post
    Thanks, I will certainly look into this!
    In good news, my new iMac is on its way to its new home. Hoping no wine accidents will occur with this!
    I hear ya! Enjoy!

  9. #129
    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    [...] Provided you thoroughly clean the moisture (and I mean thoroughly) and allow it to adequately dry, the corrosion will not spread. That's for water spills. Other types of liquid spills may require a different approach and the use of special chemicals to ensure corrosion removal. [...]
    chscag, do you have any tips on cleaning other liquids to prevent corrosion? I'm specifically worried about sugars that remain after the liquid dries (in chardonnay in my case), and I'd imagine others who read this thread are, too.

    ETA: Found the answer (damp cotton ball) in the first post, which I'd forgotten after reading all nine pages, but couldn't/can't delete this post. Carry on, and thanks all for this thread!
    Last edited by User4321; 02-07-2013 at 03:45 AM. Reason: Found answer to question. Would prefer to delete question/post, but do not see option

  10. #130
    Exclamation Spilt tea
    So last night I leave my husband alone with our 2 kids and my laptop. Unfortunately while I was gone some hot " at the time it was not actually hot" green tea spilt on to the back of my 15" MBP. He said it went into where the vent was but did not get on any keys that he knows of. The computer was on when this happened and my obviously un tech savvy husband left it on and 5 minutes later it completely shut off and would not turn back on or charge. I took the back off this morning to see the damage, of course I don't know what I'm looking at, but other than some dust that needs to be cleaned I don't really see any damage. I'm freaking out cause the laptop was my life and had all my children's photos on it. Is my computer kaput, or do you think there might be some hope?
    Any info would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

  11. #131
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brittneyl View Post
    So last night I leave my husband alone with our 2 kids and my laptop. Unfortunately while I was gone some hot " at the time it was not actually hot" green tea spilt on to the back of my 15" MBP. He said it went into where the vent was but did not get on any keys that he knows of. The computer was on when this happened and my obviously un tech savvy husband left it on and 5 minutes later it completely shut off and would not turn back on or charge. I took the back off this morning to see the damage, of course I don't know what I'm looking at, but other than some dust that needs to be cleaned I don't really see any damage. I'm freaking out cause the laptop was my life and had all my children's photos on it. Is my computer kaput, or do you think there might be some hope?
    Any info would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
    The best thing to do right now is to make sure it's good and dried out. Turn it off, seal it in a container with some dry rice and let is sit for at least 48 hours. This should wick out any of the moisture still hidden within the machine.

    Worst case scenario, if the machine is not repairable, you should still be able to get your data back by pulling out the hard drive and hooking it up externally to your replacement machine.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

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    Exclamation Spilt tea
    Do you think brown rice would work? I have half a bog of it, if not I can walk to the store.. I'm in Korea so rice fortunately is everywhere. Thank you for the quick reply by the way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brittneyl View Post
    Do you think brown rice would work? I have half a bog of it, if not I can walk to the store.. I'm in Korea so rice fortunately is everywhere.
    I wouldn't see why not. It should have the same effect. I believe we've specified white rice in the past, only because there are so many rice products with seasoning and other junk in the mix, when what you want is pure rice.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    I wouldn't see why not. It should have the same effect. I believe we've specified white rice in the past, only because there are so many rice products with seasoning and other junk in the mix, when what you want is pure rice.
    Thanks again. I will update In a couple of days after it drys and we take it to the tech guy here!

  15. #135
    Another victim of water. Worth repairing?
    I apologize if this has been addressed already, but I was getting tired of trying to sort through all of these posts with my iPhone. So last Saturday my 2008 MBP 17" suffered a horrible tragedy. It was a nice day so I had it outside, plugged in, using it to listen to some music. Went inside for a while and out of nowhere it started raining and we didn't notice it for a while. Computer was open, on, and plugged in; the trifecta of screwed. D'oh doesnt even begin to describe it. Ive got footprint shaped bruises on my butt from kicking myself. My roommate noticed it first and brought it in an dried it off, and then tried to turn it on. Having never had a problem like this we didn't know how much of a no-no that was. Anyways, nothing happened. Opened it up, pulled the battery, set it kind of upside down near a space heater (but not too close). Later that day I tried starting it, power light came on but no ding, nothing on the screen. Let it sit a couple days, plugged it in and started it up. Powers up and dings but I get a gray screen with a folder icon and flashing '?'. Attempted to boot from disk and just get gray screen with cursor. Opened up computer, unplugged a few things, checked connections, etc. seemed totally dry inside. Put it back together and still the same results. Has been 5 days now and no change. So my question is do you think it's likely cooked or essentially totaled even if repairable? Closest Apple store is about 2 hours away. There is an authorized apple repair place in town that charges $50 for a diagnostic, which I may do, but they said average repair for water damage can range from $600-1400. So should I look into repairing or just cut my losses and hope I can salvage what's on my hard drive? I need to do something soon, getting tough doing work stuff on my phone. Thanks for the input.

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