laptops and magnets and damage
August 3, 2006 3:59 AM Subscribe
Can a laptop hard drive be damaged by small magnets? (more inside)
posted by 543DoublePlay to Computers & Internet (17 answers total)
Disclaimer: I'm no techie, so I have no idea about the possibility of whether this could happen.
A work colleague has an older laptop and has been trying to get our boss to OK buying a new one with all the usual bells and whistles, but the boss has always maintained that what is being used is OK for work. This week he came in and said that the laptop had stopped working after he sat it on a new laptop bag he recently bought (using the bag as a cushion under it). The bag had a flap on it secured by two small magnets to keep it closed and he claims that the magnets damaged his hard drive and it is now unusable. Our IT department says the drive will neither spin up, nor can it be read and so is basically just a paperweight.
So my question is could the magnets in the flap of a bag actually really damage the hard drive to that extent or has he (as we suspect) sabotaged it somehow to scam the boss man and get the new widescreen Dell he covets?