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    How long before.....

    ...You are presented with a melted flash drive after a user has tried to do this at home?
    BBC News - High heat helps 'heal' flash memory chips
    Still, an interesting breakthrough and anything that prolongs the life of flash memory should be welcomed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    anything that prolongs the life of flash memory should be welcomed
    Surely that should read "warmly welcomed"

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    I keep trying to tell people here that flash drives are the modern day equivalent of floppy disks & should not be relied upon; the trouble is some of the younger ones cannot remember floppy disks

    If the heater idea works & can be implemented it might change my view

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    Given that one of my technicians has previously saved hard drives by putting them in freezers and resuscitated a laptop by baking it, I'm inclined to believe we'll be trying it at some point. I reckon the art kilns might hit 800C...

    (I know the article says about applying it to process groups of memory cells, but where's the fun in it if your memory stick doesn't come out looking like a 3D printed Jackson Pollock)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    Given that one of my technicians has previously saved hard drives by putting them in freezers and resuscitated a laptop by baking it, I'm inclined to believe we'll be trying it at some point. I reckon the art kilns might hit 800C...

    (I know the article says about applying it to process groups of memory cells, but where's the fun in it if your memory stick doesn't come out looking like a 3D printed Jackson Pollock)
    Will you then have a moan about 'lies propagated by the media'

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    I've read about similar techniques with motherboards too. Essentially a memory stick is a small circuit board with a chip on it. I can believe it's true.

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    And did anyone else use the xbox in a sleeping bag trick to solve the red ring of death? It worked for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    ...You are presented with a melted flash drive after a user has tried to do this at home?
    BBC News - High heat helps 'heal' flash memory chips
    Still, an interesting breakthrough and anything that prolongs the life of flash memory should be welcomed
    I suppose it breaks up the monotomy of I've run over my memory stick / I've flushed it in the toilet/dropped it in my tea / I've snapped it by kneeing it whilst it's plugged in.... etc.

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    Wow, anyone else nervous about having a memory stick that can heat itself to 800C? :S

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    And did anyone else use the xbox in a sleeping bag trick to solve the red ring of death? It worked for me.
    I had a friend who charged people £10 a time to 'repair' their RROD Xbox using that method!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    Wow, anyone else nervous about having a memory stick that can heat itself to 800C? :S
    Talk about burning a hole in your pocket.... Budum tish

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