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Old Jul 26, 2002, 11:21 PM   #1
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Default CF card ... washing machine ... help (no lie)!!

Yes - it's true, less than an hour ago I found my SanDisk 48MB CF card at the bottom of the washing machine as I was unloading the washed laundry.

I did a quick Google, and saw a few off-hand references along the lines of "I've heard ... " or "it's been said that ..."

Can anyone offer any more definitive information/advice?

The good news is that as far as I can remember, there aren't important pictures only on the card. If there are any pictures, it's just a few "snapshots". And while I'd hate to simply throw the card away, that would be a much better alternative than damaging my laptop by trying to use it (typically I use a PCMIA card reader - so, actually I guess the card doesn't come into direct contact with the laptop. Still, seems like there's the possibility of introducing moisture into the system - not advisable eh?

I'm in no danger of harming my camera as my Nikon 995 just got sent back to Nikon ... out of the blue the LCD said "System Error" and camera wouldn't work ... still had 4 days left on the one year warranty - sometimes the universe cuts you a break??

Back to the question - what to do? Thanks in advance
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Old Jul 26, 2002, 11:57 PM   #2
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Default Re: CF card... washing machine...

Sorry to hear of your misfortune. You might try using a hair dryer on cool setting to circulate air into the CF to aid in drying it out. This has happened to some metal detector users and after the circuit board and the detector dried out, all was fine. I don't think you can hurt your computer from trying the card after it's dry. It will either work or it won't.
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Old Aug 8, 2002, 8:32 PM   #3
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A quick update to say that the card which went through the wash cycle, DOES STILL WORK. I let it sit for about 5 days, put it in the laptop and the pictures were fine. And I've used it successfully in a camera to record pictures.

A Sandisk 48MB.
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Old Aug 8, 2002, 11:20 PM   #4
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Default Spin Dry Media

next time add softener.

you have again proven the superior durability of solid state memory cf cards over spinning media. though it was "spinning media" for a short duration.

did the pictures come out any clearer?
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Old Aug 14, 2002, 3:15 PM   #6
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As the CF are a little rougher than the SM cards I find that taking mine to the dry cleaners works best for me.
Gary

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Old Aug 14, 2002, 4:38 PM   #7
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sjms,

surely you mean - did the pictures come out any cleaner?

rafaison,

glad card and shots OK.

ar

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Old Aug 15, 2002, 10:50 AM   #8
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I guess rfaison just had to "come clean" on his story about the washed CF card.

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oh boy is this going downhill fast.

what have i started?
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Old Aug 16, 2002, 8:34 AM   #10
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you know...i'm a little disappointed in you all... it took almost 24hrs to catch on to this opportunity for some good one liners.

you gotta read all of thse threads. their fun.

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