I know there are a million discussions on this, but I have a few questions that haven't been answered yet. I spilled a large glass of water (Brita filtered, if that makes any difference) yesterday on my 2010 MacBook Pro at around noon. I probably did not turn off the computer as quickly as I should have (first instinct was to clean up water) but it was within 30 seconds. At that time, the trackpad still worked and at least the enter key still worked, since I went to shut down and hit enter when asked to save my MS Word document. There was a strange noise coming from the computer. I flipped the computer over and put a towel in between the screen and the keyboard, and there was water coming out. Last night I took off the back lid and cleaned a bit of water off that and some of the components. I have not been able to remove the battery since I can't find a screwdriver that fits those ridiculous three-pronged screws.
I was planning to wait until Saturday (3 days) to try to turn on the computer, but I'm a student and this is my only way of using a computer at home. With a big storm expected to hit New England tomorrow night and my work schedule changed from Saturday to Sunday because of it, the earliest I could take in my computer if it doesn't work would be Monday, and I really can't throw away a whole weekend. Would it be okay to try my computer tomorrow (2 days)? Or should I just take it in to Apple tomorrow? I was thinking tonight I would put it in front of the heating vent to try to dry it out, but I'm not sure because my house is old and sometimes the air comes out cold. Is that still fine?
Also, if by some miracle my computer does still function, I have learned a lot about hard drives in my spillage reading over the last day and am thinking I would like to replace the hard drive with a SSD. Would putting the new drive in a computer potentially compromised due to water damage the drive?