Compact Flash cards in the washer.

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  1. Oldfireguy

    Oldfireguy TPF Noob!

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    Lets say a guy was out taking photos today, stuck a flash card in his shirt pocket because he forgot his watertight, superduper case, came home, changed shirts, and his wife washed the shirt and the card.

    Will the card survive?
     
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    Wow I can only imagine what you are going thru.

    I don't know the answer but I searched blingo (like google) ... compact flash cards and water
    guess what....you are not alone. Try that here was a reply someone posted to a guy who knocked his card off the counter in to the dogs bowl...

    The only thing you did wrong was you didn’t rinse it. Strange as it sounds, short term exposure to water won’t hurt electronics, at least as long as it isn’t powered. What does the damage is the dirt left behind after the water dries out. Rinsing with distilled water and very thorough drying can actually save wet electronics that would have shorted out. Your dog must have had fairly clean water in his bowl.
    There is still a possibility that there is some residue in the card. I wouldn’t use that one for anything you can’t afford to lose.

    So you may search that and see what all you come up with.

    Hope your cards are ok.
     
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    Hey just seen this post too....

    I accidentally ran a 1GB Lexar Secure Flash drive through a wash and spin cycle in my washer and after allowing it an overnight airing atop a hot air vent in my house it worked perfectly. Still using it too! Of course, I have added a Lexar 1GB Sport just recently, they're great tools in my business as an IT specialist.

    Hope that helps!!! Good luck!!
     
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    digital flower No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Check out what these pictures went through.
    Click here
     
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    WOW That is a very intresting read digital flower pics.

    Anyone who didn't stop and read that....go back and read it!!!
     
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    I got immersed in the Arctic Ocean while kayaking, with a point-n-shoot digital camera tucked under my lifevest. A camera store was able to recover the images from the card, but because the camera got fried, I don't really know if the card 'worked' after that.
     
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    I've washed two of my cards. they both work.
     
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    A magazine in the UK did an article on data destruction - i.e. people like me who want to REALLY get rid of sensitive data from systems before disposal. They concluded that pretty much the only way to destroy CF cards is to melt them. Almost anything else resulted in them working fine - dropping off a tall building, hitting with sledgehammer, soaking in water etc... they're impressively resilient.

    Rob
     
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    They found a bunch of digi-cams washed up on the beaches after the huge tsunami, and they were able to get the photos off many of the cards. I saw a test where a guy nailed his compact flash card to a tree (nail through the card), and left it in the rain, and it still worked. Of course check out any wedding photography forum, and you can read plenty of horror stories of cards failing with no apparent cause.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies.

    It does appear to be working and smells nice and clean.
     
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    :lol: Glad to hear it. As is your wife, I'm sure!!
     
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    They aren't impressively resilient to electromagnets. In fact I still wonder how MRI's can function without destroying themselves.
     

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