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Touching the circuit board of HDD and RAM

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July 8, 2012 4:30:58 PM

Hey guys!
I heard and read a lot about the danger of touching the golden contacts/fingers of the RAM memory and the circuit board of the Hard Drive, MotherBoard, GPU or any other important parts of the system. The fact is : I'm building my first computer and just bought the pieces. There's no warning or protector on the board of some of the pieces I bought and I accidently touch some delicate parts.

1. While trying to remove the memory stick (RAM) from it's little box, I barely touched the gold contacts at the bottom of it with the very tip of my finger for about a second.

2. While getting my HDD out of the box, I handled it like it was jus a piece of metal but didn't realize the green circuit under it was important. It's a bare drive and no instructions or anything came with it. I hold it and put some fingers on the board for only a few seconds.

Is it bad for the pieces? (If my fingers weren't oily or dirty or anything) Can I clean it or something?
July 8, 2012 4:35:56 PM

I wouldn't worry too much about it. Just make sure you're grounded (touch some exposed piece of metal to discharge any static you may be carrying before working on the machine). :) 
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July 8, 2012 4:41:07 PM

no your fine. you do more harm trying to wipe a small finger print off then the oil will do for the life of the computer part. esd pr static is the number one killer of parts so you dont want to use a paper or cotton to wipe them off. there a little bit of acid in human sweat/oil. on older computer parts you could sometime see where a finger print was after a few years. your not going to cause a part to die today or in a few days from handling it or in a few weeks.
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July 8, 2012 9:24:12 PM

SchizTech said:
I wouldn't worry too much about it. Just make sure you're grounded (touch some exposed piece of metal to discharge any static you may be carrying before working on the machine). :) 


Could I use my own case for that or even just some random metal piece?
Also, would wearing rubber/latex glove prevent static electricity or have the opposite effect?
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July 8, 2012 9:27:30 PM

Certainly, any metal surface in the case would do just fine. You shouldn't need a glove as long as you are grounded.
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July 15, 2012 2:46:08 AM

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July 15, 2012 12:07:03 PM

dont worry nothing is going to happen i did this many time but my ram is not damaged
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July 15, 2012 2:47:09 PM

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