So a few months ago I accidentally spilled a little water on a few of my usb flash drives. I really want to test and see if they work, but before I do, I just want to make sure that there's no risk of damaging my computer. I'm pretty sure it's fine, but I just got a new laptop and would hate to ruin it over something stupid.
If available, it is preferable to use a desiccant instead. Desiccants may absorb moisture better than rice. You can also try slipping the usb flash drive inside a plastic bag that can be sealed or a plastic container (airtight). Add a desiccant packet, such as silica gel — often found with new shoes, purses, noodle packets, etc — in with the usb flash drive. The downside of this method is the packets packed with shoes has usually already reached its absorption capacity. Desiccant for flower drying can usually be purchased at most craft stores. Leave the drive with the desiccant or rice as long as possible (at least overnight) to absorb the moisture.