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Do flash drives...

...really survive trips through washing machines?

It appears one of my 8gig Maxell flash drives survived a trip through the wash. Not what I expected, not what I'm counting on.

It started out in a pocket. It was out of the pocket and in the bottom of the wash tub by the time I put the clothes in the dryer. I let it air dry for a couple of days. It's files appear intact this morning and it takes new files copied to it with ease.

Curious.

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lsanderson
Aug. 22nd, 2011 01:30 pm (UTC)
Si!
No moving parts.
dd_b
Aug. 22nd, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
I haven't managed to find out personally, but on various photo forums I've heard multiple reports from people for whom they have, and I don't recall any cases where they did not.

Conservatives do tend to take them out of service after such an event, after recovering whatever was on them at the time. But I don't recall any reports from somebody who kept using a laundered card and had it fail later.
madfilkentist
Aug. 22nd, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
The main hazard to flash drives is electrical discharge. The storage chip must be well-sealed enough that the water didn't discharge it.
marsgov
Aug. 22nd, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
Electronics are in fact washed in water before you get them to remove chemical manufacturing residue. I have run keyboards thru my dishwasher in order to revive them (that attempt failed). Floppy disks are another dishwaher-safe item.

As long as the drive is completely dried prior to using it again, you should be fine.

fgherman
Aug. 23rd, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
lucky
kaffyr
Aug. 23rd, 2011 04:07 am (UTC)
It sounds as if your geek-fu was with you, my dear!
apostle_of_eris
Aug. 23rd, 2011 09:52 am (UTC)
They definitely can.
debgeisler
Aug. 25th, 2011 01:53 am (UTC)
Are the files cleaner than they were to start?
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