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Old 07-06-2008, 07:36 PM   #1
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I left a flash drive in my pocket the other day and it went through both the washer and the dryer (woops! )

When I plugged it in to my computer again, it worked perfectly fine and all the files were intact!

I feel very lucky, but I am curious, what are the chances of that happening? I thought it would be destroyed after being submerged underwater and then heated up like that!

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Old 07-06-2008, 08:27 PM   #2
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Technically, getting it wet shouldn't matter, as long as you let it dry properly before using it cause it doesn't have a live circuit (no battery etc) so it won't short out

The dryer on the other hand, you were probably very luck there

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I've had some electronics survive the washer once, only to die the second time I forgot them in my pocket.

I've only sent a flash drive through once, though.
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A flash drive will be OK as all the components within are encapsulated and completely waterproof, even if the body of the drive itself is not sealed. The only issue is that it should be thoroughly dried before use.

Most electronic items will survive a dunking in water. If it is salt water (sea) then swill thoroughly in fresh water to expunge the salt. Remove any batteries. Shake out any water and place in a warm dry place like an airing cupboard for 48 hours...
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My first flash drive survived a number of trips through the laundry. it finally died a few months ago due to unrelated injuries. You can even wash a computer's motherboard in a dishwasher if you remove the CMOS battery and (of course) don't have anything connecting it to electrical power. Just dry it and continue your business.
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Cool, i might try that later.
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I have a sandisk 2gb flash drive that has been through about 10 washes is seems fine but ive never dried it
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OK I admit I have washed mine once, but no bleach and a cool iron!
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Would hanging it on the line do anything? I'm worried about UV rays and comets affecting it.
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UV, no problem. Comets, on the other hand, have been know to cause the mobo to change sockets, mostly AMD to Intel.
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Halfway through hurricane Katrina I figured it was time to abandon the shop for a more stable structure.

So, I collected my gear (keys in my pocket, 2GB USB drive attached as normal), and waded through waist high water (surging to chest high at times due to the winds), dodging flying debris (shingles make a weird sound when they fly past you at 90mph ...). When I got to the apartments across the street I changed to dry clothes, and that thumb drive stayed in those wet jeans for three days. When I recovered my keys I left the drive on a shelf. 3 weeks later we had power at the shop, and the USB drive worked just fine.
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