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Cleaning PC's / Servers

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Ryan, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. Ryan

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    Just wondered what everyone uses for cleaning out the insides of PCs / Servers that have accumulated dust over time

    Currently i use compressed air, but it just seems to move the dust around rather than cleaning it out.

    Could i use a handheld hoover without having to worry about static etc?

    Curious as to what methods everyone else uses

    Cheers,

    Ryan
     
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  2. Boycie
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    I think there are esd safe vac's for sale somewhere Ryan - i'll post back with a link if i find it.

    if a case is really bad, it might be worth removing the mobo, and getting a real hoover in there!

    Simon
     
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  3. Qs

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    I'm hardcore - I just use a regular vacuum cleaner. Static? What static! :p

    Probably safer to use an ESD vac as Boyce has suggested. Link is here if you would like more info on them - Link
     
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  4. Cockles

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    Lungs, hoover hose nearby (attached to a hoover, of course) and a very fine and tiny art paintbrush
     
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  5. Ryan

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    how much are these priced at? cant seem to find the info anywhere
     
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  6. Arroryn
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    Compressed air cans and a makeup brush for fans - if there's too much dust, then take the thing outside before you spray it!!

    No no seriously, we take the PCs out onto the balcony (when it stops raining) and spray them from there so we don't just push dust around the department.
     
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  7. Fergal1982

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    On this topic, I just discovered last night that the intakes on the front of my case actually have a door that can be opened, and have removable filters inside this door. I've had this case running since march last year, so nearly a year and a half.

    Can you imagine the dust that was sitting in those filters?
     
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  8. Qs

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    As for where you purchase them I'm not entirely sure. Have a search on the net. :) Information on said cleaners can be found in my previous post though.

    Hope this helps,

    Qs
     
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  9. BosonMichael
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    Lungs and compressed air for me, and some sort of brush for fans and grills and hard-to-reach places. Sucks when I do it in my office, cause dust goes everywhere. Fortunately, I don't get much dust built up in there, because I have filters in my case similar to the ones Fergal describes.
     
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  10. wagnerk
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    More or less what Arroryn does (except we don't have a balcony) :)

    -Ken
     
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  11. Gary B

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    All our servers and within the confines of our secure comms rooms with a controlled enviroment whch we clean just 1 per year using a Nilfisk HDS 2000 with a superb filtration system and tack mat at entry and exit points to remove dust and dirt from shoes etc

    As a result the interior of servers are spotless.

    Workstations on the other hand are mostly within the confines of a busy 500,000 sq ft warehouse and get full of crap. For these we use these

    Here's one I did earlier -
     

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