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Do magnets mess up USB thumbdrives?

My Fitbit watch uses a magnetic field on the charger to hold the watch close to the charger.

Before I recharged the watch last night, I noticed that a USB drive (the metal end) had been attracted to the magnet on the charger and they clung together.

1) does the magnetic field in any way mess up the chip inside the USB drive? Or whatever control electronics are inside the casing?

2) If I plug the USB drive into my laptop, is it going to magnetize anything therein?

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