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Chapter 1. PC Anatomy 101 > Stop ESD—Don't Fry Your PC!

Stop ESD—Don't Fry Your PC!

ESD (electrostatic discharge) is a hidden danger to your data and your computer hardware, particularly when you open your computer to install new hardware or to troubleshoot a problem inside your system. ESD takes place when two items with different electrical potentials come close to each other or touch each other. ESD can happen even if you don't see a spark or feel a shock, and it takes very little ESD to damage or destroy computer parts. About 800 volts of ESD will give you a tingle or shock, but it takes less than 100 volts (an amount you can't even feel) to ruin a CPU, memory module, or other computer part. Low-power construction makes these parts very vulnerable to ESD.

You can avoid ESD damage when you're working inside your computer by following these tips:


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