TRC Data Recovery have proved that microwaving a USB memory stick doesn't mean the device is unrecoverable. Earlier today TRC received two devices that were left in a microwave by a customer as an anti theft measure. The sticks were left seperate to the company laptop to ensure that even if thelaptop was stolen the data on the sticks wouldn't be taken with it.
However, disaster struck when the customers partner came down in the morning and turned on the microwave to heat up the baby's morning bottle.
One of the devices was a Kingston Data Traveller device with a plastic outer casing and despite melting of the plastic around the internal board and thr chip appearing to sustain a slight level of damage the device was recovered.
Unfortunately even our expertise proved unable to recover the second device which had a metal outer casing.13 Years, 3 Months, 9 Hours, 38 Minutes ago.