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Fridge Magnets = Danger?


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#1 Heretic Monkey

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Posted 29 March 2006 - 03:50 PM

Yeah, i got bored one day, and put about 10 refridgerator magnets on the case of my tower (it's a metal tower, not plastic). They're just the basic size fridge magnets, maybe 2.5x4 incheas long, in 2 rows of 5. I'm making sure not to cover the vents or anything like that.

My question is, could the slight magnetic charge of the magnet harm any part of the computer? I haven't had any problems so far, and i've had them on for about a week. I'm concerned about the long term-effects on the harddrive or something, or if i put a lot more on there....

Just curious...

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Posted 29 March 2006 - 03:57 PM

Their magnetic field has such short range that I don't believe it would have any effect on anything, but it depends on exactly where you got the magnets.
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Posted 29 March 2006 - 05:19 PM

They're just a couple of cheap, really flat "Bic" magnets i snagged from the campus cinema. They're always giving them away for free, so i grabbed a hand-ful :thumbsup:

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Posted 29 March 2006 - 06:35 PM

re: long term effect.
I'm thinking PC tower case decoration will change long before any damage,
however slight it might be ,could possibly evidence itself in harware malfunction ...
I'd surely tire of the improved look if it were thin bic magnets. :thumbsup:

In the long run, if I wanted to tack notes up next to my desktop under 'em,
I guess they might be useful afterall.
I'm trying to cut down on paperwork, though.
Using digital Notepad.

tough question, h monkey. :flowers:
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Posted 29 March 2006 - 06:51 PM

There won't be any effect on the harddrive, many harddrives contain magnets thousands of times stronger than any fridge magnet. They are part of the actuator mechanism that moves the heads around. If they don't effect the stored data there is no way your fridge magnet is going to. Now floppy disks - that's a different question! :thumbsup:

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Posted 29 March 2006 - 08:18 PM

Lol, luckily i don't have/use a floppy drive on this box.

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 12:00 AM

Other than folppy disks themselves, the only other device that could be effected would be the monitor, enough mangnitism will effect its degausing ablility, but you would have to put the magnets up against the monitor, and then there may not be enough of a magnetic field to effect it.

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