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September 24, 2009

Helpful Hints from joeeze: How to save a wet USB stick


Timely, what?

James Fallows wrote on July 1, 2008 about how his USB stick survived being washed and dried and still worked, following which reader Gary Allen Vollink wrote Fallows and told him it wouldn't work for long.

According to Vollink, "The corrosion starts once they get wet. There's no stopping it. It will die suddenly and unexpectedly. It will probably take between 4 and 8 weeks. Sadly, I've done this with THREE already, and one of them was also an Attache. They all reacted pretty much the same way."

Then came reader Matthew Wilbert, who pointed out in Fallows' follow-up piece on July 3, 2008 that "... soaking the USB stick in WD-40 can do wonders against corrosion."

Wrote Wilbert, "That's (more or less) why it was invented."


FunFact: "WD" stands for "Water Displacement."

September 24, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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