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I am thinking of getting a magnetic screwdriver, so I don't waste a bunch of time picking them out of my case. Do you think the magnetism will damage the HDD or some other parts? I don't think the magnetic power is very strong, so I don't think it will damage anything, but I thought I would check to make sure.
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no
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NO!! Don't get a magnet near the inside of your PC! Get a cheap PC toolkit and use those tweezer things to pick up small parts.
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No I use a magnetic screw driver all the time and it's just enough to lift a screw, if I shake it a little bit it falls. Magnetism will damage components if it's too strong, I wouldn't get it near my HDD though.
    
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post #5 of 35
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Originally Posted by GoneTomorrow View Post
NO!! Don't get a magnet near the inside of your PC! Get a cheap PC toolkit and use those tweezer things to pick up small parts.
A magnetic screwdriver doesn't nearly have enough strength to damage anything in a PC. He'll be fine.
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A magnetic screwdriver doesn't nearly have enough strength to damage anything in a PC. He'll be fine.
Yeah I use em all the time and have never hurt anything with it. Those things are so weak you could probably rub it right on the hard drive and not cause any damage. I wouldn't really try it though just in case
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post #7 of 35
actually, you might want to be careful and not use it around the SB, NB ,CPU area, or your ram. Even the small amount of magnetism can damage those. (the hdd though, even taken apart one and seen the super magnets? those are strong, and the HDD's are insulated enough that small magnetism won't effect them, just your chips are effected)

I did try to unscrew a old nvidia HS of an old card with a magnetic screw driver, and when i went to run the thing again (with the HS on of course!) the video was all messed up! severe ghosting of the VGA signal. and it worked before i messed w/ the HS.

You might want to be a little superstitious when it comes to CPU/Chipset/VGA/RAM as those are highly vulnerable to magnetism. ( i know i am!)
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post #8 of 35
if you want to be on the safe side take a normal screwdriver and get a magnent and run the magnent in one direction up the shaft of the screw driver about 20 times and it will make it magnitive weak but enough to pick up a screw
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post #9 of 35
If the magnet from a screwdriver is enough to do damage, then everyone (including me) who leave their subwoofers beside their PC would've trashed their computers already.
Magnetic screwdrivers are fine.
post #10 of 35
I use a magnetic one inside my computer and it's fine. The magnetism will not damage anything because it's so weak.

On a side note, my friend put some uber-strong rare earth magnets on the school macs, and nothing happened.
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