thankyou ..its just resting on top or radiator at minute, put heating on as weather grotty anyway..i know water can ruin mobiles, just didnt know if these were same, less componants but wasnt sure..didnt wnt to plug it in just yet incase there is water in it and it may then get into laptop?
The magnetic fields from the washing machine's motor shouldn't affect the data, as memory sticks don't use magnetic media.
Just shake out any remaining drops of water then leave it somewhere warm (but not hot). Airing cupboard temperature is ideal. If you've got any of those little sachets of silica gel you get when you buy cameras or other consumer electronics, put them in a small cardboard box with the memory stick as well, but it's not vital.
Give it a few days to gently dry out and then try it. Chances are it'll be fine.
just tried it after shaking it first and nothing came out and all my stuff was still there ...have it all double backed up but felt stupid telling everyone id washed it LOL..it has a lid on it which is fairly tight although not totally water tight, but i think this saved it quite a bit ...thankyou all again.x