just brew it! wrote:I've let the magic smoke out of a few computer components over the years. Does that count as supernatural?
I did this just within the past week. Connected a Vantec SATA->USB adapter to a hard drive on top of a closed laptop. Apparently the casing of the laptop was sufficiently metallic (despite feeling like plastic), and the circuit board on the bottom of the drive shorted. Magic smoke from the adapter. Haven't tested the drive yet (it doesn't have any scent or burn marks, as compared to the adapter which is very pungent), but thankfully the drive and data are largely unimportant anyhow.
That's the second component I've destroyed with a bonehead amateur move in the past month or so.