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Cleaned my memory....

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Richard King, Jun 6, 2009.

  1. Jun 6, 2009 #1 of 26
    Richard King

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    Well, I have heard about tests being done (unintentionall) on the waterproof characteristics of certain products. A friend dropped his high tech cell phone in the toilet and let it dry out for a couple of days and it worked fine afterwards. I ran a PDA through the washer AND the dryer, and a couple days later it also worked fine. Today I tested a 1 Gig thumb drive. It ran through the whole cycle of my washing machine and about 5 minutes in the dryer. I haven't tried it yet, intending to let it dry for a day or so and then testing it in the morning.

    What are the odds that it will work. Maybe I should do a poll. ;)
     
  2. Jun 6, 2009 #2 of 26
    Hansen

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    I did the same thing with a usb flash thumb drive and it worked perfecty afterwards. Don't know if it made a difference but I used Tide HE. :)
     
  3. Jun 6, 2009 #3 of 26
    barryb

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    I have been known to drop electronics into bodies of water at will.

    One year it was the house cordless phone, in our koi pond. I did as I always do: put the waterlogged gadget in a container, then cover it with rice over night.

    This method has worked every time for me.
     
  4. Jun 6, 2009 #4 of 26
    pfp

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    but from then on everyone sounded like...

    I washed a Sony micro vault tiny usb drive and unfortunately it did not work after that.
     
  5. Jun 6, 2009 #5 of 26
    pfp

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    Thanks I'll have to try that. Fortunately I don't make these mistakes very often.
     
  6. Jun 6, 2009 #6 of 26
    hdtvfan0001

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    If its constructed like most of the flashdrives I own, it should survive.
     
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    Marlin Guy

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    It will be fine, but its capacity may be reduced due to shrinkage.
    Next time use cold water - delicates cycle. ;)
     
  8. Jun 6, 2009 #8 of 26
    Drew2k

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    Nice tip on using rice to absorb water ... I didn't know that one. Thanks Barry. :up:
     
  9. Jun 6, 2009 #9 of 26
    Richard King

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    If you eat the rice after it absorbs the water does your memory improve? That shrinkage has to go somewhere, doesn't it?
     
  10. Hansen

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    I don't know...you might ask George (of Seinfeld)...he had that problem and really could never explain where "it" went.
     
  11. P Smith

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    First step after your discover your device - remove battery !
    Then let it dry by any method.
     
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    Yep, the rice will do it if ya'll remember I had a threat about my cellphone going in the can here a while back. If you get the battery out and leave it in the rice a few days it works great.
     
  13. hdtvfan0001

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    Yup...that's an important one....the biggest risk in terms of damage.
     
  14. Richard King

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    No battery in a thumb drive unless it's embedded somewhere. ;)
     
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    Billy Mays here,

    Is your old computer suffering from amnesia? Fix all those pesky memory lapses with the revolutionary new memory washer. Guaranteed to ...

    --- CHAS
     
  16. Nick

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    The...
    Rice? :eek2: Is that white rice, yellow rice, or, would rice pilaf work better?
     
  17. barryb

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    I am gonna let you do the experimenting. I just stick with plain old rice... usually that same bag thats been laying around forever. ;)

    Salt works too.
     
  18. tcusta00

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    The big silica packets that you get with some electronics work well, too... saved one of my employee's phones when she spilled water on it.
     
  19. Richard King

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    Ok, who told them? Fess up!!!
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  20. Nick

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    The...
    Yes, but is it waterproof* and will it float?

    *waterproof, not water-resistant
     

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