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Physical Care of Your Flash Drives

USB EmergencyPromotional flash drives make great gifts and your recipients will undoubtedly love getting their hands on your unique branded USBs. To get the longest lifespan possible from your digital storage device, it's important to be aware of the best methods for caring for your flashdrives to ensure none of your precious data gets corrupted.

Caring for your Promotional Flash Drive

The outside of a flashdrive might be a hard casing, but don't let that mislead you into thinking that they are durable under all circumstances. For the longevity of the flash drive unit and the longevity of your USB memory ensure that:

1)  You do not place your flashdrive in direct sunlight
2)  You keep your flashdrive away from liquid
3)  Your flashdrive is not stored in HIGH or LOW temperatures
5)  You do not subject your flashdrive to sudden impacts

All flashdrives come with a lid or a closing mechanism to protect the metal nib used for insertation. USB Planet advises that the nib is protected at all times it is not in use. This owes to the fact that dust and fillaments that can come into contact with the nib can prohibit electrical current (the transfer of data). In the case of excessive exposure to fillaments, your device may be rendered unusable.

What To Do When Your Flash Drive Gets Wet

When Your USB Gets WetOne of the most common forms of damage to flashdrives occurs when they get wet. In the instance that your flash drive accidentally drops into some water, USB Planet advises that you do not simply shake the unit until dry and use as normal. Water may have seeped into the circuitry which means when an electricl current goes through the unit next, it may short circuit the entire device.

Instead, we suggest using a dry cloth or towel to pay out external water residue. Allow the unit to dry in room temperature for a day or two before using the unit again as normal. This will ensure most -if not all- of the internal liquid has evaporated.

In the case of tea and coffee stains, you can also follow the above guide.  If the device still does not operate then further action can be taken. Coffee and tea tend to leave protein residue which can block electrical transfer and in the instance of a USB unit, that is enough to stop data for transfering completely. USB Planet suggests carefully cracking open the case to reveal the internal chip. Inspect the internal chip visually. If there is indeed protein residue it will appear as tiny white particles. Use a cotton bud and dab against the internal chip gently to remove the residue. If needed moisten the cotton bud a little (and only a little).

Realistically we would consider the removal of the case and inspection of the internal chip a final step when all else has failed to retrieve your data files. The flashdrive would not be fit for further use and it would be wise to buy a brand new one.

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