Did I managed to destroy my electronic components??.....

So I'm afraid I've destroyed my MacBook pro (2011) by cleaning the dust off it with a toothbrush and vacuum cleaner.. I now know how stupid this sound....

It started out with me noticing a rattling noice from my MacBook when moving it around. My tech friend told me, he just thought something small had found its way into the laptop. He adviced me to open it when I got home, find the object obstructing the fan and remove it.

The following happened when i did as adviced:
1. After opening my laptop I moved my fingers gently with caution over the whole thing to find the cause of the rattling sound. Didn't find it, but the sound was still there when I moved my laptop from side to side.
2. Then tried by using a new (dry) toothbrush to gently brush the computer. Still to no effect.
3. So wanting to remove the dust anyway, I turned on the vacum cleaner on low power, while still gently brushing it with the toothbrush. Two small things got sucked up: One in the edge of the laptop, and one from the fan..

My computer wont turn on now, there's no response or any sound from the computer indicating any kind of electrical response.. After watching some videos of how I was supposed to do it, I realize how stupid i am..

Can you help me confirm if there's a any chance that I've destroyed either the electronic components or maybe caused a shortcut in the system? Or tell me how bad this is? Can I save my things or save the computer?

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That's a new one.

I've rarely used more than canned air. A toothbrush, like the ones for humans, canines and such could build up quick the ElectroStatic Discharge (ESD) so one last hurrah. Look up all resets about your model and give it a go.

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But how?

How can I reset anything, when I can't turn it on?

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Even on a laptop I've used this old reset. Even on Apples.

Remove the power, battery then press and hold the power button for 60 seconds. Release, install battery and apply mains then try again. It's a long shot on the Apples but once you get more recoveries using this you always roll the dice.

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Is my harddisk unharmed?

Could I in worst case buy a new laptop and switch the old haddisk with the new one?

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Re: harddisk

Most likely your hard disk is unharmed. But you can't just put it in your potential new MacBook..

All you can do is copy your own data on that disk to a new machine. The easiest way is if you have a backup copy on iCloud or in Time Machine. Or just a copy you make yourself to an external disk. If you don't have such a backup some hardware (an external enclosure) is involved.


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MacBook, Dusting, Destroyed?

If you have not done so already, can you find whatever was sucked up by spreading out the vacuum’s contents? If one or both pieces look like they belong somewhere in the Mac, seek help if necessary to learn where they came from. For instance, the mechanism that determines lid open/lid closed.

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