"Don't store Flash Drives in a plastic bag?"

Hey, I overheard a conversation recently – some guy thought that his USB flash drives had lost data because he stored them in a plastic bag. Could this possibly be true? (Don’t need answer fast.)

I’d be interested, and entertained, by that person’s explanation of how that works.

I know of a user carrying a dozen flash drives in a gallon baggie without a failure.

Flash drives and SD cards areESDS sensitive.Plastic bags can generate an amazing amount of stray voltage. I would say plausible. I have seen very expensive equipment damaged by ESDS voltage here at Boeing.

Does that mean I should also stop rubbing my flash drives on my cats?

You’ll get more google hits for “ESD sensitive” than “ESDS sensitive.” (Also it’s less redundant, since the last “S” stands for sensitive.)

At the very least, your cats will be grateful.

When you buy electronics, they are usually stored in those anti-static bags. I would agree that there is a reason for that.

I would think that it would be unlikely, but not impossible, for a plastic bag to corrupt data on a USB drive.

It’s modern “dog ate my homework” excuse. Possible but unlikely.

Do you have a USB drive and the cats?

:smiley: Well, we don’t actually know his cats.:eek:

They served as a catalyst for the data loss.

This might even feel good!


You could rub your flash drive on Schrödinger’s cat, and then your data could be thought of to be both corrupted and not corrupted at the same time.

Be sure to keep the flash drives in a CLEAR plastic bag, to be sure if they’re alive or dead at any given time.

If you put the whole thing in a box, the flash drive will be overwritten by the factors of large primes.

Only about half. The other half will have nothing written on it.

What about condensation, if a sealed bag is taken into a colder environment? Could that be an issue?

I don’t think there would be enough moisture in the air inside the bag to cause a problem.

It may be true, did he lose the plastic bag?