Q. We have a USB flash drive that has gotten wet. Is there any way to salvage it?

A. Most flash drives will survive water damage since they are usually well sealed and have no battery. Dry the flash drive as much as possible with a paper towel to absorb excess moisture.Then gently pry open the case of the flash drive if possible, using a small flat-blade screwdriver to separate the two halves of the case. This is not essential, but it will cut the drying time and will help to limit corrosion. Dry the inside of the case as much as possible with a paper towel.

Next you'll want to pour some uncooked rice into a small plastic bag, and then place the flash drive in the bag and seal. Place the bag in a warm, dry place for at least 24 hours. The rice will draw out and absorb any moisture present, speeding up the drying time and ensuring the drive is completely dry. Finally, reassemble the case, ensuring the two halves are tight shut. You can now use the flash drive as normal.