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Small but strong magnets to fasten side panel???

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Could anyone tell me if it is safe to use strong small magnets (rare earth metals???) to secure my case door? i belive ive seen others do it before.
if so, can some one help me figure out the best method for this as well as where i can buy some magnets?

my case is an antec DF 85


post #2 of 13
http://cobolhacker.com/2006/10/28/is-it-possible-to-erase-a-hard-drive-with-magnets/

It would take a very powerful electromagnet to affect a hard drive.

As for where to get them, try Amazon. Any small disc neodymium magnet would work.
    
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I used them on my black glass panel in my sig. Got them from ebay. 1/2 inch by 1/16.
 
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post #4 of 13
Just remember how strong those little buggers are. If you glue one to a panel, and have it sit slightly away from another magnet, the attractive force will eventually work the glue off. They will not harm your system unless you lose them somewhere and cause a short.
post #5 of 13
Not sure if you have already settled this issue, but you can probably just look for some Neodymium Magnets (aka Rare Earth Magnets) they are extremely strong and come in many different sizes. Much stronger than any Ferro Magnets. Also if you have any scrap BAD hard drives lying around you can dig into those and dig the neodymium magets out of them (the bigger the hard drive the more magnets)... If you decide to go that route those magnets will have to be cut in half because of how the poles are. I hope this information was helpful, even if you have already fixed your issue smile.gif

EDIT: You can probably buy some Neodymium Magnets at your local hardware store or Radio Shack.
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Not sure if you have already settled this issue, but you can probably just look for some Neodymium Magnets (aka Rare Earth Magnets) they are extremely strong and come in many different sizes. Much stronger than any Ferro Magnets. Also if you have any scrap BAD hard drives lying around you can dig into those and dig the neodymium magets out of them (the bigger the hard drive the more magnets)... If you decide to go that route those magnets will have to be cut in half because of how the poles are. I hope this information was helpful, even if you have already fixed your issue smile.gif

EDIT: You can probably buy some Neodymium Magnets at your local hardware store or Radio Shack.

i bought 40 of them for 4$ on ebay smile.gif but thanks
post #7 of 13
You can easily kill your computer with magnets, so no I would strongly recommend against them.
    
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You can easily kill your computer with magnets, so no I would strongly recommend against them.

there are plenty of people who would disagree, even just in this thread.

not to mention this technique has been used before.
i appreciate your concern, but i think it will be fine.
post #9 of 13
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You can easily kill your computer with magnets, so no I would strongly recommend against them.

No. It takes an up close, powerful electromagnet to do any appreciable damage to computer hardware. You could toss your hard drive in a bin of neodymium magnets and it wouldn't do anything.
    
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No. It takes an up close, powerful electromagnet to do any appreciable damage to computer hardware. You could toss your hard drive in a bin of neodymium magnets and it wouldn't do anything.

other than knock off a bunch of transistors, but yeah rolleyes.gif
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