Are pen drives ( USB drive, Thumb drive, Memory sticks) water proof?

@agrim94 (3811)
India
March 11, 2009 5:38am CST
I dropped my pendrive in a bucket of water bt took it out instnatly and it was working so i was thinking r they water proof or did i take out early enough before water got inside it much.
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18 responses
• India
16 Mar 09
yes, water proof pen drives are available in market but it is your choice to opt either water proof or simple as it has an extra feature it is more costly than the simpler one.
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
27 May 09
Thanks vibha for the response though the waterproof pendrives may be in the market but i have yet to come across them.
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
27 May 09
opps sorry it should be vaibhav not vibha.. it was genuine mistake very sorry vaibhav
@vicky30 (4777)
• India
13 Mar 09
No they are not water proof.You took it out very quickly from the water.If water gets in and you take it to a service center they will not repair it.I too have a pen drive but here i keep it very safe with the cap on.Even in the rainy seasons i know my drive won't be affected.
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
13 Mar 09
Thats good mine had its lid when it fell in water.
@vicky30 (4777)
• India
16 Mar 09
That's why i think your pen drive was saved.Otherwise water would have entered it.
• Australia
21 May 09
Good reflexes and even better luck! There are some flash drives built to military specifications, and I have seen a few rubber sheathed ones around, but generally they seem to be getting cheaper, not tougher.
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
27 May 09
thanks david for the response and yes i got a new one now because someone stole my last one which i took from water and yes i know they are getting very cheaper now. I brought a Chinese pendrive ( kingston... i m sure it must be counterfeit) and it has 64 gb and costed me 500 rs ( about 10$) while the one which fell in water was 1 gb and costed me 25$ about a year or so back.
@CRSunrise (2964)
• United States
13 Mar 09
I wouldn't think that these sticks would be water proof. Maybe if the entire thing was completely covered it might be. However, since the important part of the stick is exposed, I'm not sure that it's safe.
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
13 Mar 09
Yes mine had lid covered.
• India
13 Mar 09
I dont think that pendrives are water proof. It is your luck that the pendrive is working even after it fell in the water.
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
13 Mar 09
i think so too.
• Canada
12 Mar 09
They're not technically waterproof, but if you've taken it out right away, and leave it out for a day or two to make sure the inside's totally dry, it should be alright. As long as you don't plug it in to anything when there's any water still in there, which'll fry the thing. lol A friend of mine actually dropped their cell phone in a hot tub once, and it was in there for a while before they noticed. They took off the battery and let it sit and dry for about a week, and it was fine.
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
13 Mar 09
Thats great that they still have their phone working.. i havent heard anyone whose phone got wet worked
• United States
11 Mar 09
heck im not sure.. i hope to never have to find out because with my luck they wouldn't be and i would lose everything on it
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
13 Mar 09
I do hope you dont have to ever find out if your pendrive is waterproof or not.
@user_786 (1338)
11 Mar 09
no, the pen drives are not water-proof. there might be some pen drives available in market that are water-proof but i am not aware of any. if your pen drive is still working after it got completely, wet, you and it are lucky.
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
13 Mar 09
Thx i guess i was lucky
@moondancer (7434)
• United States
11 Mar 09
I have never got one wet so I have no idea if it works now or not. I'd say let it dry out good by turning it up so the water will drain from it and then try it in a few days or so. Let us know what happens as someone else may have this problem in the future.
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
11 Mar 09
it worked fine.. may be i got it back even b4 it hit the bottom of bucket saved it as it wasnt in water for much time and its lid over the usb portion was also tightly closed.
• India
11 Mar 09
Storage (Electronic) devices are not generally water proof... In 2006 computers at my dad's office were somewhat drowned in flood... the technician straight away said.. "If u have switched on,then forget that it could work again". It was then dried via blower... n then HDs were sent to mumbai for data recovery...
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
11 Mar 09
yes i dont know how it was still working and thats y i asked here if they are water proof.
• Australia
11 Mar 09
No definitely not... wait, is iphone waterproof? i dropped my iphone in water and it still works fine
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
11 Mar 09
I dont know about I phone..too costly for me.. i got Nokia 6820 thats about 4 or 5 yrs old and it works for me still.
@fren45 (898)
• Malaysia
11 Mar 09
I believe is half water proof..so long it does not have water inside the chips..It will works properly//
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
11 Mar 09
so i thought.
@benny128 (3621)
11 Mar 09
you were lucky they aint water proof, I dont the same with a mobile phone and it still worked he he he so just luck I guess.
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
11 Mar 09
i guess we both got lucky.. wow mobile phone wow
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
11 Mar 09
I have done the same thing and even though most of them are not water proof if you take it out as quick as you said, like I did and then dry it off. But what I did was to put it in front of a fan for a whole day to dry off the inside just in case any water did get in and it still work just fine. I think if you leave it damp inside it will rust components in just a few hours.
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
11 Mar 09
Thx yes if water goes inside it would spoil the pendrive. I guess it wasnt meant to be damaged so it didnt .. there is no reason it shdnt have been damaged.
• India
11 Mar 09
nno i dont think pendrive are waterproof coz i dropped a similar usb cable into water and its useless now.I think just coz of ur quickness u were able to save ur pendrive.BTW of which company ur pendrive is ,i want to buy that kind of pendrive lol.
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
11 Mar 09
it is from Transcend i got one for 4 gb.. it is not mine but of my friend so i was so relieved that it still worked.. I had asked him notes and he had them on pendrive.
• Philippines
27 May 09
Most of them, if not all, are not water proof. The thing is it is very compact and sealed specially the bracelet USBs covered with rubber, you know the ones that look like baller bans on the wrist, because they are tightly sealed.
• Trinidad And Tobago
12 Mar 09
I would think that you quickly is why your pendrive is still working...water and electronics don't mix iam very carefull with mine...maybe one day I may deliberatly put it in water and see if it still works...hmm...
@May2k8 (6008)
• Indonesia
11 Mar 09
You are very lucky, i don't think they are water proof. It defend on your tool, are your component not look good when the water got inside it. What type of your pen drives?