I want to install an SSD in my laptop. Should I worry about ESD?
Hello there. If I forget something important , I'm sorry, this is my first post here after all.
A few weeks ago, I got an Acer Aspire E5-571 series laptop from a relative who didn't need it anymore.
While it is great that I was lucky enough to get a recent-ish laptop for school without having to spend a dime, I find it to far too slow. This is why I have decided to purchase a solid state drive to give it a new lease on life.
However, to get to the hard drive enclosure I must take the whole keyboard apart and get to the motherboard. Not wanting to zap any component with ESD, I have done extensive research on how reduce that risk to a minimum and this is where my problem comes in.
Accounts on wether or not one should use an antistatic wrist strap when working on a laptop seem to conflict each other. Some say they have worked on computers for decades without any antistatic equipment and have never fried anything, while others say it is very unsafe to work on electronics without such equipment.
Grounding also confuses me quite a bit. If I do get an anti static wrist strap, where should I clip it? On a metallic part of a desktop case? On a metallic part of the laptop itself? Is it enough to simply touch a faucet before starting? I'm not really sure.
Long story short: Should I use an anti static wrist strap and if so, how?
Is this a good question?