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    Default Hello - Pen Drive Has Melted!

    Well, my pen drive has got so hot in a PC (after being in there for about 50 mins) that the outer casing has melted (Pics to follow) - now when i plug it in it doesnt work. What can i do? If anything!

    It is a "SilverPearl MicroX 2 Gb" Pen Drive, "480604" is writen on the USB plug. I have had it for about a year, but after only 50 Minutes, if it gets hot enough to melt, where other memory sticks don't really get warm - Surely this is a manufacturing fault? "SilverPearl" have no website - so i am complaining to eBuyer (Where i bought it from) - I am out of data through no fault of my own - what should i do? Am i to be re-imbursed for it breaking?

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    I dunno, you sure its not a misswired USB port?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReFoxed View Post
    I dunno, you sure its not a misswired USB port?
    erm - no idea - its sitting here with the case on it, i want to return it, i will only take the case off it if it wont spoil my chances of getting a refund

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jakg View Post
    Well, my pen drive has got so hot in a PC (after being in there for about 50 mins) that the outer casing has melted (Pics to follow) - now when i plug it in it doesnt work. What can i do? If anything!

    It is a "SilverPearl MicroX 2 Gb" Pen Drive, "480604" is writen on the USB plug. I have had it for about a year, but after only 50 Minutes, if it gets hot enough to melt, where other memory sticks don't really get warm - Surely this is a manufacturing fault? "SilverPearl" have no website - so i am complaining to eBuyer (Where i bought it from) - I am out of data through no fault of my own - what should i do? Am i to be re-imbursed for it breaking?
    There isn't anything in the USB port of the drive is there, like fluff or anything metalic.. Which could cause the drive to heat up beyond a safe level or short circuit it?

    ReFoxed: If it were a misswired USB port, I wouldn't have expected that the USB drive, or any other USB device would work in the port.
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    i cant see how a usb port cant melt a memory stick

    pics please
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    That does sound like a strange problem. I've never heard of a USB port melting the casing of a stick. It isn't normal anyway however it's happened, so I would definitely return it to ebuyer and at least get it replaced.

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    I believe he's saying it the pendrives casing that has melted not the computer/usb port casing.
    Yes they can get hot but not that hot.

    since you bought it from eBuyer you should still have the order in your order list. What was the Quick Find Code of the product ?

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    there is not enough voltage to melt a memory stick

    so there must be some other factor involved
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    it always used to get a little toasty - but never this hot! i was using it in a cool-ish room, and it wasn't in use (just plugged in!) and the bottom has a great big indent, the top has kind of morphed a bit - i can't post pics (im at school atm) - but when i get home i will.

    I was always worried about how it ran quite hot compared to my others (in fact after hours of heavy use it was uncomfortable to hold it by the USB port, but it never got so hot that it could melt the outer casing!


    i lost the lid, but i religiously clean the end out with a puff before putting it in, it lives in a not too dirty shirt pocket - alas no lights come on any more when i plug it in

    Seems screwed, i think i have backups, but now im a pen drive down through what appears to be a manufactorial defect - what should i do?

    EDIT - 5v may not be much, but as i've just learned its enough to turn 2 Gb of data to mush!

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    Quote Originally Posted by siclilmonkey View Post
    there is not enough voltage to melt a memory stick
    Sorry, but that is complete rubbish. Go study some physics.

    If the OP has used the memory stick in this port before with no problems then it was probably due to the USB stick developing a fault.

    If it was the first time the OP had used this port then it could also have been wired incorrectly which may have caused it.

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    Yea, i thought it was current that did it, but i didn't want to show myself up.

    The pc that did it wasnt mine, but ill test it tommorow and see if heats up my other stick (if so i can blame the school and perhaps get some compensation for it)

    And to those doubters, here are some pics

    (The casing fell off when i took of the strap - so you get a shot of the chip, too!)

    The "see through" bit is where the chip (the black part - i presume the memory controller) was, which got bloody hot, and melted the plastic, do a point where it is transluctent.

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    Looks like that chip directly underneath has some heat problems. Maybe it's too close to the plastic casing (manufacturer problem ) which is why that's happened.

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    Well if it was a school PC then it's quite possible the front USB port was wired incorrectly.

    How long had you used the drive for before this happened?

    I would NOT plug anything else into the USB port on that PC until the wiring has been checked.

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    I suggested miss wiring because my housemate had a ipod shuffle with miss wired usb and it worked fine temp but once left in it got hot really hot.
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    For 1 year, it always got toasty - ill check with a usb thumb drive i dont care about - if it dies doing that then i think i've found the cause!

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    holy crap!

    if it was a usb port on the motherboard then it was the usb pens fault..

    if it wasnt them check wiring.. those usb pens do get pretty warm tho

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    faulty USB pen tbh
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    Quote Originally Posted by siclilmonkey View Post
    faulty USB pen tbh
    well then i think i'll send it back - Although i think im gonna buy myself an OCZ Pendrive!

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    1 of these would be better

    http://www.buffalo-technology.com/pr...&categoryid=32



    but it seems as ebuyer has sold out of them
    http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/116561

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    OCZ Rally 1 Gb (Dont really "need" 2 Gb, have an MP3 player with 8 Gb Free!) or a Lexar JumpDrive Ligntening?

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    well i bought the Lexar JumpDrive Lightning, very happy with it and its speed - going to send the Old Pen Drive back tonight! Hope i get a refund!

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    Well, now i learn i bought it in April, yet it says my warranty has expired?! Surely its UK law i get a 12 month warranty, or am i wrong?

    Sent them an "eNote", hope to get a response soon!

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    britain is part of Europe (the EU i should say)

    as such, although bog-roll like the sun and liars like the bbc would like to keep it from you let me be the first to anounce:
    you get 3 years warranty under European law.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fan-guy View Post
    britain is part of Europe (the EU i should say)

    as such, although bog-roll like the sun and liars like the bbc would like to keep it from you let me be the first to anounce:
    you get 3 years warranty under European law.
    i thought as much - bit ****ed off though.

    Patiently waiting for a reply!

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    if u still need a new usb thumbdrive get this one http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/94637

    i have the model down to it and it runs very cool, i've never even felt it get warm or hot
    and the bonus speeds of 32Mb/s Read - 27Mb/s Write makes the price worth it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jakg View Post
    well i bought the Lexar JumpDrive Lightning

    Happy with it!

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    Wow that's quite shocking... Did you find out what caused it? Sorry if I missed the answer in the thread...

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    Quote Originally Posted by M1k3 View Post
    Wow that's quite shocking... Did you find out what caused it? Sorry if I missed the answer in the thread...

    I love that site by the way.
    No idea - miswired USB port (doubt it) or dodgy pen drive (most likely)

    What site?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jakg View Post
    No idea - miswired USB port (doubt it) or dodgy pen drive (most likely)

    What site?
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    Ah. What a stupid question!

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