Will a watered USB memory stick damage my laptop?

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Hello, I have a big issue. My USB memory stick was caught in some flood water and I'm worried about using it. I already tried to dry it out using rice (worked for my phone). Do you think it will work? Will it damage my laptop if I try?

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I don’t think it will damage your computer. I had left one in a pair of pants that went through the washer and dryer at home and it still worked and had no data loss. Maybe I was just lucky. It comes down to the quality of the USB drive. I tend to stick to the SanDisk brand.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    If you are sure that, it is dry completely, probably it is not harmful for your laptop. But if the flash drive working or not, that can be known after insertion it to the USB port of laptop and if it shows the files/folders and allows to copy.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    If you think it's truly dry, it would probably be fine. You may want to try it on an older or less important computer first to be safe.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Moreover, if it works, but for safe side, first take all necessary backups from the flash drive & keep the backups in a safe place, that you can get it back easily. Now make a format the flash drive and if the drive will be formatted successfully, then it is sure that the flash drive is in full working condition.
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  • bhannah
    I will agree with ToddN2000 on this one. I have run several through the washing machine without damage. I would try it though on an older less important machine though to verify that it is working properly. If it is good quality USB drive you should have no issues with it. I would also back up all the data stored on it though just to be safe.
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