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post #11 of 21
may i put forward a suggestion of perhaps mounting it from your desk if possible?
 
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post #12 of 21
Ever pulled apart a hard drive? There are two magnets inside that are used to move to arm back and forth so it and can the data from the disks. I don't think they get much closer then that. The only issue I could see with having a magnet stuck close to your hard drive would be the possibility of it messing with the arm as it's trying to read the data.
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Originally Posted by srsparky32 View Post
may i put forward a suggestion of perhaps mounting it from your desk if possible?
Unfortunately with the setup I have in my dorm room that really isn't an option, there just isn't any more space available.
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post #14 of 21
The problem with magnetic fields isn't their presence, it's the changing magnetic fields with relation to the storage media. Ex. If you put a magnet on a floppy drive it will be fine, but if you move a magnet along and around the floppy it will ruin it, so if the magnet is close to a hard drive and wont be moving much it will be fine. That said, I doubt you'd be able to find a magnet strong enough to damage a hard drive from a distance anyway
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post #15 of 21
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If it's not near something like a HDD, then you should be fine.
theres magnets alrdy in a HDD regardless everything should be fine.
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post #16 of 21

Really?

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Originally Posted by mbudden View Post
Interesting, seems like it's messed with the reading arm. I was only thinking of the storage medium when I made my comment. But i still contend that if it's being attached to the side of the case, you wouldn't be able to find a magnet strong enough to damage the hard drive. You would have to have one very close to disrupt the reading mechanism like that.

So long as the HDD is not directly behind the magnet it should be ok.

EDIT: To make my point, you can stack HDDs directly on top of each other without the, frankly very strong, magnets inside them from damaging anything in the other HDDs. It will be fine!
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post #18 of 21
That's what I said, as long as it's not near/on the HDD. Then OP should be alright.
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Originally Posted by mbudden View Post
that particular magnet yanked on the arm... which screwed it up... that isnt the same as a generic weak magnetic field...

but that is ultimately what you risk when you have a magnet near a bare hard drive.
    
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post #20 of 21
Why not try some clear silicone adhesive to mount your rack. It should be strong enough to hold it for your purpose. It can also be removed with no damage. Just throwing a option out there if you were that concerned about magnets damaging components.
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