Unintentional Ironkey torture test - washer and dryer

Discussion in 'Technical' started by melbo, Jan 26, 2016.

  1. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Found it at the end of the dryer cycle (with steam...)
    Plugged it in without any wait time and it worked just fine.

    Then I watched this which shows that this is the expected outcome :) Still glad I have a backup.

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  2. DarkLight

    DarkLight Live Long and Prosper - On Hiatus Site Supporter

    Yikes. I washed and dried my Apricorn 2.0 drive, but no steam. Worked like a champ but like you, really glad I have backups. Not to mention that the darned thing was over $100...
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  3. DarkLight

    DarkLight Live Long and Prosper - On Hiatus Site Supporter

    Ordinary thumb drive? Generally I would suspect that the majority of them would survive at least a wash if not a dry. Even if it got wet, as long as it dried out completely you should be able to get in and pull anything off of it in the short term before things corroded.

    The Ironkey and Apricorn are supposed to be dust and water resistant to some degree (don't have the specs in front of me right now) but it's nice to see anything actually hold up to a little accidental abuse.
  4. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    From Ironkey:
    IronKeys have been designed to be waterproof to military standards, ensuring that your data is protected not only from unauthorized users but also from the elements. The IronKey is laboratory certified to be waterproof to MIL-STD-810F.
    MIL-STD-810 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  5. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    The only real issue would be, corrosion on the USB Contacts, and a Static Discharge in the Dryer, if you didn't add a Dryer Sheet....
  6. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    Interesting, I still wonder how long their integrity will hold. All media goes bad eventually. But If I could get 5 yrs out of and IronKey it would be worth the price
  7. duane

    duane Monkey+++

    Secure storage is a fetish of mine. I usually run a computer until they die and then try to get the backups to work with the new system, yes I know, I have to go to Linux, but the wife doesn't like it yet. I have never tested IRONKEY or such, by accident or on purpose, but I think it is well worth the cost to have data on good storage in a cage and I am playing with raspberry pi and hope soon to put the data storage and the computer in the cage. Have had problems with format changes over the last 30 years and a lot of the old media may well be ok, but I have nothing to read them with. Thats why I want the raspberry pi and Linux.
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