How many of the hardware professionals treat ESD as a main subject when handling delicate hardware components inside the desktop or laptop ?
we can have a basic discussion that I am sure known to many of you out there but failed to observe in real life .
Electro Static Discharge or ESD is the charge that build up on any substance due to rubbing of two things . The electrons on one of the substance get transferred to the other substance and that material get negatively charged . When that substance get a chance to ground itself the excess charge flows to the ground and it is called ESD.
Even though the static charge is not harmful to the human being , it is extremely damaging to the tiny electronic components in side your computer . That means the charge build up on your body is enough to kill your memory chips when you touch them with out observing proper care for grounding yourself .
So keep your sensitive electronic components in the specially designed anti static bags that comes along with these components till you are going to assemble it . Remember that these static bags are slightly conductive so do not treat then like a normal plastic bag
And always ground yourself by wearing grounded wrist straps when handling these sensitive components. It may not be possible for you to always work in a static free workstation as you may be servicing the computers at home . But do remember to plug the crocodile clip of the wrist strip to the chassis of your computer and wear the strap before touching the logic circuits inside the computer