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#1 of 14 Patrick Sun

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Posted September 06 2008 - 05:45 PM

... by accident, of course. Should I just toss it (4GB capacity), or let it dry out for a few days, and then plug it into a USB port and hope the stick doesn't short-circuit the USB controller electronics on my motherboard?
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#2 of 14 Diallo B

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Posted September 07 2008 - 09:18 PM

unless there was some critical info on there i would chalk it up as a loss.

if there was some critical info on there i would plug it into my least critical machine (after a couple of days sitting in direct sunlight) to see if i could pull the info. if i got lucky and got it i would still toss it after the fact.

a ten dollar usb stick is not worth destroying a hundreds of dollar machine.
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#3 of 14 Radioman970

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Posted September 07 2008 - 11:34 PM

Live dangerously! Plug er in!

And post pictures of the aftermath!
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#4 of 14 Greg*go

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Posted September 09 2008 - 11:11 PM

You may also want to watch this, to help you in the future:

Waterproof Your Thumbdrive — Systm episode 38
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#5 of 14 Sam Posten

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Posted September 10 2008 - 07:39 AM

This is why I buy Sandisk Extreme memory. One of mine got lost at a fire scene, fell into a puddle of run off water from a hose, run over by a billion pound fire engine and worked perfectly. =)

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#6 of 14 Eric_L

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Posted September 11 2008 - 10:48 PM

I don't believe it will fry your system so long as you make sure it is dry. Treat it like a cell phone that has gotten wet - place it in a ziplock bag with rice or silica packets for a few days. That should assure the water is fully removed. After that I believe it is 95% likely it will work just fine.

If you are really really worried about it frying your system, then try it out first on a public computer at a library or somewhere.

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Posted September 11 2008 - 11:20 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Eric_L
...If you are really really worried about it frying your system, then try it out first on a public computer at a library or somewhere.
I like your way of thinking. I'd love to watch that. The waiting for it to be inserted would be quite exciting. Posted Image
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Posted September 16 2008 - 12:06 AM

Ive done this, best thing for you to do is let that baby sit for about 2-3 weeks then give it a go, mine game up no problem all data was there.

#9 of 14 Patrick Sun

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Posted September 21 2008 - 04:47 PM

Just as a follow-up, I let it dry for about 2 weeks, and I plugged it up, and it works!
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Posted September 21 2008 - 05:47 PM

Quote:
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I like your way of thinking. I'd love to watch that. The waiting for it to be inserted would be quite exciting. Posted Image
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#11 of 14 Ryan*Pr*

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Posted September 25 2008 - 03:57 AM

I've washed one before and it worked fine as well.

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Posted April 06 2009 - 04:46 PM

The best you can do is you can keep that stick under a lamp which can provide sufficient heat to your stick. make a close contact b/w the two and this would help to take away ll the moisture avaliable in the stick.

#13 of 14 Gerald LaFrance

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Posted April 09 2009 - 10:49 AM

Well for the Record I had washed and Dried my Stick and it worked No Problems Posted Image
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#14 of 14 fancy_2009

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Posted April 14 2009 - 06:42 PM

let it dry out , hope it would work well





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