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Early 2011 model, A1278 / 2.3 GHz i5 or 2.7 GHz i7 processor.

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How to test individual pieces of hardware

So I have my laptop in pieces now after a liquid spill (bought a new keyboard and cleaned the logic board of corrosion) and I'm wondering how I can figure out which, if any, components are damaged. After the spill I was not able to get back into the computer normally (my usual administrator password was not working despite using an external keyboard to type it, password hint same as always). So I'm wondering if maybe the hard drive is damaged? Should I just put the whole thing back together and see what happens? I saw somewhere that you should put in one element at a time and test those somehow but I can't find any more information. I'm very new to this so any help would be appreciated.

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Your hard drive and password should not have been affected. It is case sensitive. The hard drive is accessible via Target Mode. I'd just put it back together. If you were getting any beach ball delays before the spill, I would replace the Hard Drive/IR cable as there are known issues with a lot of them.

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