Ants crashed my hard drive

@astroo13 (964)
India
March 8, 2007 6:59am CST
Believe it or not. Ants like hard drives. I just found that out to the cost of my hard drive. And I also found out out that this is more common than we think.The servicemen told me that he had seen many such cases even though he has been in the job for only a short period of time. It seems that the ants don't mind the heat of the hard drive. I think they like eating some rubbery part of the hard drive. I noticed some ants last week on near my computer. I cleaned them out. But I forgot to check the inside of my computer. The cruel part you are not entitled to a replacement for your hard drive if the failure is caused by ants, since the company blames it on negligence on your part. But I was lucky enough to get a free replacement. So if anyone else sees ants close to your computer beware and take all the necessary precautions. Regards
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9 responses
@beaniegdi (1966)
8 Mar 07
that is real bad luck and thanks for the info. i had never heard of that. we don't have a big ant problem where i live but i do remember at my other house we sometimes got ants and i know they are hard to get rid of.
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@astroo13 (964)
• India
8 Mar 07
We don't have any big ant problems. But my nephew sometimes eat while using the computer. I think thats how the problem started. The ants were visible for barely 2 days. They came they saw and they conquered the hard drive. Regards
@aidonia (4210)
• Greece
9 Mar 07
Don't say to me you didn't thinking take a picture from ants eating and enjoying in your computer.....ofcourse I don't say as a proof for us ,we don't need,but still can you imagine the photo?How unique gonna be?Nice to hear you had a free replacement..
@astroo13 (964)
• India
9 Mar 07
I didn't think of getting the photos of ants eating away the hard drive. I was more worried about how to get the data stored in the drive. I had lots of pictures of my family in that drive which I didn't back up on to a cd. I will know by monday whether the data can be retrieved. Come to think of it the photo of the ants coming in out of the hard drive might have been good. Shucks opportunity lost. Regards
@aidonia (4210)
• Greece
9 Mar 07
You did the mistake I always do....don't keep back up.I hope data can be retrieved so you don't lost the family photos.
• India
14 May 08
i dont think ants can cause any such problem
• India
30 May 11
I have encountered this problem in my office today only.
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
9 Mar 07
A good reason why you shouldn't eat or drink while you're working. Thanks for the tip.
@astroo13 (964)
• India
9 Mar 07
It's better to be careful than to worry about it later. Just watch out. Regards.
• Philippines
8 Mar 07
yeah i know that fact! But thank God coz i havent encountered that thing on my hard drive yet! hope not! eheehehe But actually, i got that same experience with my electrical extensions wires and plugs... There's an incident that some of my electrical equipments are not working, till i found out when i opened it, that there's a lot, i mean, there's so many ants crashed in my equipments.. I was like ARRRRGGGGHHHHH that time... lol its really annoying! Im not sure how to prevent that thing yet.. do u know?
@astroo13 (964)
• India
9 Mar 07
Be careful with food. Never eat near your computer. I am not sure if anything can be done after the ants enter your computer. Regards
• United States
8 Mar 07
Sounds like a SciFi story. Do you use your computer outside? Ants??? Wow, and I thought the spiders in the house were bad.
@astroo13 (964)
• India
8 Mar 07
It is not science fiction. No I don't use my computer outside. The ants probably came to eat the small food particles left near my computer by my nephew. They must have thought " Lets check whether they make good quality hard drive nowadays". They must have an answer by now. I haven't heard of any problems caused by spiders but I hadn't heard of any trouble created by ants to computer. So I guess we learn the hard way. Regards
@bunmi2501 (467)
• Nigeria
8 Mar 07
quite interesting, i just learnt that. i am actually a computer engineer but has not come across anything like that before.thanks! i will watch out.
@astroo13 (964)
• India
8 Mar 07
The funny thing none of my friends even believe this. To say the truth I would have serious doubts about whether ants can crash hard rives if it hadn't occurred to me. But it is more common than we think. Regards
@agent_DK (14)
• India
27 Jan 08
i think the ants nowadays are becoming more Hi-tech....they started eating computers for survival....hmm...they are really thinkin of future.....Because computers are the future....
@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
12 Nov 07
I came across this thread in my search for a solution to my ant problem. This is really something new to me. I have never heard of a hard drive crashing due to ants invasion. Thanks for the inform astroo13. I will pay more attention to them ants when I see them around my desk next time.