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02 October 2009 @ 06:50 am
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I was wondering what I did with my really cool swiss army knife thumb drive - the one that my jr advisor gave me, that has Dr. T. written on it.

Found it in the bottom of the washing machine.

I've left it sitting out, hoping it will dry and be fine.  Anyone have any idea?  

Leaving in five minutes for Boston and a talk on my phud research .... which I haven't thought about in three years.  Fortunately, my diss is only 65 pages long, so it was pretty easy to review.  Pity I don't have a flashy new powerpoint presentation, and haven't read the relevant lit for three years.  But I never did like pp, and a chalk talk should be perfectly sufficient.
 
 
 
treigladtreiglad on October 2nd, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
I was wondering what I did with my really cool swiss army knife thumb drive - the one that my jr advisor gave me, that has Dr. T. written on it.

Found it in the bottom of the washing machine.

I've left it sitting out, hoping it will dry and be fine. Anyone have any idea?


It'll probably corrode eventually, but should be okay for a while.

I (accidentally) had an SD card washed a while ago, and last time I checked it (I've got several much higher-capacity ones, now, so I don't need it really) it still worked. (While one that didn't get washed and has spent most of its life in a desk drawer doesn't, anymore. Go figure.)

So you're probably okay. But make a backup copy of whatever was on it, just in case.
matthewwdaly on October 2nd, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
There's no current running through it during the wash and no moving parts, so I'll bet it will be fine once it has dried out.
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flarenutflarenut on October 3rd, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
I love the powerpoint version of the gettysburgh address. So much more moving.

And yeah, not to worry too much about the drive...
sethb on October 5th, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
There's another use for PowerPointPtui: taking one paragraph's worth of text data, and bloating it up to a 5 meg email message to distribute widely and clog the system with.
Danielknshnhmr on October 2nd, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
I've had thumb drives go through washer and dryer cycles several times. They've never stopped working because of it. I wouldn't worry too much.