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Old 06-14-2008, 01:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Could a ziploc bag damage a USB drive?

If someone put a USB drive into a ziploc bag, is it possible that the bag could generate static electricity and damage the drive?

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It is possible yes. Likely no.

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If your consernd about static wrap it in some paper towel before you put it in the bag.
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Or buy a USB flash drive case.
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Wrap in paper towel is probably the best thing but it's very unlikely...unless you're running like a marathon across shag carpet or something.
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Default Re: Could a ziploc bag damage a USB drive?

Very unlikely is an understatement...very^999999 unlikely more like it. Most USB drives have caps anyways that protect the plug. Those that don't probably have a grounded metal shield around the connectors. I have an A-Data MyFlash that doesn't have the metal part of the plug (just a flat stick with the 4 pins on the side) but it came with a little sleeve to put it in to prevent damage). As long as the data pins are covered (which all should be), there's barely any risk. Even if they're exposed, there's still very little risk.


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