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Water Damage to USB Flash Drive

My usb had been in water for what I think was less than 5min before I noticed that my key chain that had my usb on it was in water. When I noticed this I instantly pulled my usb out of the water and dried it straight away.
It was a good 20-30min before I got home to my computer and checked to see if it still worked. (Unfortunately at the time I didn't know that you are not suppose to connect a wet usb until it is fully dry) :(
When I did connect it, it was flashing for a few seconds then stopped. I pulled it out again and tried two more times (it flashed every time I did pull it out and connect it again). I gave up on my third attempt.
So now I want to know if I had defiinitely damaged my USB even more by connecting it after 30min of getting wet and unknowingly connecting it before allowing it to dry for a good 24hs?
It has only been less than 24hrs since it got wet. I have checked to see if the moisture I could see before inside the plastic casing has evaporated which it has. However I dont want to risk connecting it again untill another day or two.
My Question is:
How long must I allow for my USB to dry before I connect it again and at this stage have I ruined all chances of useing it again to retrieve Extremly Important Data??
If the USB is damaged, will a specialist be able to retrieve any data from it if the chip is removed from it's casing??
I would very much appreciate a quick response as this is very very important to me.

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  • mgdirecto876 Mar 01, 2009

    Does it matter which type of paint thinner I use? 

    What will this paint thinner do to my USB?

     I've looked inside my USB stick I cant see any traces of moisture any where inside. It's now 2days since my USB got wet. Will it be safe to try and see if it works first before I pull it apart and soak it in the thinner?

    Thank you.


  • mgdirecto876 Mar 03, 2009

    I did go to a computer store and asked if they could do anything for me, all they did was connect it to see if it did still worked and when it didn't register on their computer they offered to crack it open to see inside and attempt solving my problem. I didnt really trust that idea so I figured I'd ask fixya first.

    So regardless of the fact that I have connected my usb to my computer before allowing it to dry 24hrs, it will still be fine after I apply this procedure?

    Is the chance of this procedure working very high or very low?


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Just keep the flash drive in the open dor about half an hour(do not expose to scorching heat and light of the son). The humid conditions dries up the moisture content. Take the flash drive when it is a little bit hot and connect to the PC. It functions even better than before.

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The problem is very bad. In my openion there is only one solution with this problem. all you need to do is to remove its plastic casing and then put your USB into thinner ( A liquid that can be found at paint stores). Then let it get dry for 5 to 6 hours. And you are done. now connect it to your pc and get your data. Don't forget to rate the solution. Thanks!

Posted on Feb 28, 2009

  • pak_pyar Mar 02, 2009

    Dear Mary. The thinner that I use for such problems is labled Carbon Tetra Cleaner. and it is very effective for the water damage problems. This thinner will Remove the water effects out of your USB. and you'll be enjoying the use of USB just like a new one. Thanks for consulting before applying the procedure.

  • pak_pyar Mar 03, 2009

    Hi Mary. I think that they are also going to apply the same procedure of recovery to your flash drive. Its better to get it tried by them because in my opinion an expert can do it far better than a layman can. Hopefully you'll have good results.


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My Usb got into the washing machine for about an hour... i immediately damp it in a towel and dry it off in front of a fan but i dont know how long will it take for it to be able to remove/dry excess water inside and if ever it does, will it still work and am i going to recover all of my datas in the flash drive.. please help me! thanls.

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  • Ali Naqvi Feb 11, 2013

    Like I said above.


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I accidentally dropped my flashdrive into a shake like drink. I immediately got it out and rinsed it off. I then proceeded to 'thump' it on a towel to expel excess moisture. I am not sure if I got all of the shake out of it, but don't know if I should subject it to more water. What should I do? This drive contains a great deal of irreplaceable data.

Posted on Aug 19, 2010

  • Ali Naqvi Feb 11, 2013

    Put it a few inches away from a vent for about 45 minutes. then it works pretty good.


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Is it displaying in device manager or it is not at all detecting. In that you may try with it some other system and same problem persist, there is possiblilty for damage. send it for warranty calim. Pen drive easily does not die. Check it in other system.

Any application or data is talking each other with computer and usb drive, then it gives warning try to close all application or any virus infection is there.

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SOURCE: Cruzer micro 2.0GB

Some times it happens that Windows explore do not recognise the USB flash drives. There may be some causes: 1. Ckheck your flash drive & ensure that it was not burnt or have any physical damage. 2. Start the computer without flash drive and connect the flash drive to it. Noe ensure that your computer is not hanged.If your computer hanged than the flash drive is damaged. 3. if your computer is not hanged and not dectecting the drive,(fore windows) go to My computer, right click, properties, divice manager. In the device list see USB serial bus controllers. click + next to it to see the sub devices. 4. Now see that the computer has a listing for the flash drive. The listing may be as "Usb mass storage device", "Drive company name: etc. 5. If there is listing no listing for flash drive just disconnect it and see the device manager listing. some changes will occur or mouse pointer will show busy. Again reconnect the flash drive the same thing happens. 6. if your flash drive worked as in step 5 that means the the drive is ok and the compueter is ok. There is prblem with driver of flash drive that is currently installed. Please upgrade the driver from your flash drive manufacturer or it is ready to use device just unuinstall it from the device manager listing. Restart the computer. after restart connect the flash drive it will detect the drive. 7. if there is still a problem go to start run & type regedit and press enter to run registry editor. In Hkey_local_machine>software>Cruzer micro and delete it. restart the computer. 8. You wrote that if you connect it to USB port computer does not start. If above step 1 to 7 does not work means there is strong possibality of reading problem means the flash drive has errors on it and file system is damaged. This same thing happens with Cd drive with a cd having corroupt file system. i will prefer to take the flah drive to an local hardware expert or manufacturere.

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SOURCE: very important pictures stored on my flash drive

If it was only casing then no problem happily you can plug into usb. If it is recognising the drive then your data is safe.

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