I just washed a USB key...

By MYOB ยท 8 replies
Feb 14, 2005
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  1. In the 40 degree (celcius) cycle in my washing machine

    Nothing much important on it, but any chance of getting it to work again?
  2. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Maniac Posts: 2,244

    if no soap dries in it and you allow it to dry thoroughly for a few days, its quite possible. Although, if any moisture gets trapped in the plastic cover, its prolly going to kill itself and possibly the USB port when you use it again.
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    A coworker of mine washed his generic USB key.
    All the data was intact after drying it off.
    Now it just smells of washing powder :p
  4. MYOB

    MYOB TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 492

    In light of that, I think I'll try it first on an expendable machine (I have plenty... Dell laptops with no batteries that run as nothing more than test monkeys)

    Being the impatient bugger that I am, I just hairdryered it. And it works! No data loss, nothing wrong except it now smells of Surf and the Disgo logo and the logo of the company who gave it to me (freebe) are gone....
  5. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8


    Hehe that was really funny.

    Actually, I am sorry to hear that.

    I have washed things (not unlike) that before, so I do feel your pain.
  6. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    I've heard from many people that if you simply wash it again with just water and are patient enough to let it dry completely out it should be fine. I've never done it myself though.
  7. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    I heard once that even some fairly electronic things can survive if soaked and then left to dry for like.... a year..!
  8. MYOB

    MYOB TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 492

    Considering its working now, I don't want to tempt fate by washing it again....
  9. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    Washed many things

    My dad did my laundry (which is ussualy my moms job) he washed my PDA. He realized it was in there after a while. (loud noise). I let it dry and waa-laa it still works.


    BTW-The PDA i had before this was run over by my moms car, so i dont have very good luck with them

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