Soacked & Rinsed my pen drive. What will happen now?

@sivanj (1263)
India
August 11, 2008 5:17am CST
I had two USB pen drives. One is an ordinary one and the other a U3 model. Yesterday i was washing my clothes. I had earlier put my pen drives in my pant pocket and had forgotten to remove them from the pocket. I socked the clothes for washing in detergent mixed water. Later came the cruel thing of putting these clothes in washing machine. Only then i realised that the pen drives are in the pocket of my pants. I was really shocked and disturbed to realise this. I just took them and dried them in the sun. I don't know what would have happened to the pen drives. Whether can i use them or not? How to handle this situation? Oh.. What will happen to the i have in the drives? Any one experienced this situation before? Any suggestions to what i do now?
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5 responses
@angelia286 (2029)
• Singapore
12 Aug 08
I have not experienced that before! Geex, you should have been more careful, especially where electronic stuff is concerned! Well, as with most electronic stuff, I don't think it would be too much of a problem. If you had not try to use it after washing it, and had instead just let it dry thoroughly, then it would be alright. However, you will have to take note that the pen drive must be dried thoroughly before any attempts to use it! Otherwise, your pen drive would just short circuit and it will no longer be usable. It would be best if you could leave it to dry for a day or two just to ensure that it is thoroughly dried! After 2 days, plug it into your computer and it should run beautifully. If all things goes well, your data should also be well protected and there would be no loss to your data at all. Take care and I hope that all things goes smoothly for you.
@sivanj (1263)
• India
13 Aug 08
thanks for the detailed post. i am drying it these days. thought that i will try it in the next few days and will post back what i see.
• India
11 Aug 08
Yup the same happened to me jus last week, howzzzzaaaaaaaaat??? lolz.. Don u worry, U jus can dry it in the Sun, if possible try to detach the body of your drives and u jus have to use a little strength and try dry'n it either in sun or under the fan... Please don anything else like heating it in an oven(I heard ppl do'n this), don connect it immediately to ur PC, don use it atleast for two days, expose it in the sun... After 3 days, u can very well use it without any loss of already stored data... Regards, DJ
@sivanj (1263)
• India
11 Aug 08
very many thanks for sharing your experience. i will follow ur steps and hope that works. its sounds great to hear from you that there will be no loss of data.
@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
11 Aug 08
I believe it might still work, just let it dry and hope that it does. If its soaked in salt water then for sure its history.
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@sivanj (1263)
• India
11 Aug 08
thanks for the response. i will try if it works.
@Ganesh44 (5547)
• India
12 Aug 08
As far as I know your pendrive will work fine.... Thanku Ganesh
@sivanj (1263)
• India
13 Aug 08
thanks for the response. i will test it shortly and post my experience as well.
@rocker21 (2717)
• India
12 Aug 08
If the water had saline then its gone and if it was plain water then it might have a chance to work dont plug it in WHEN ITS WET!! MAN you'll be gone then !!
@sivanj (1263)
• India
13 Aug 08
thanks for your response friend. it is only ordinary water. but had detergent in it as well.