Risk of Hard Disk damage by having speakers near my computer?
January 21, 2004 1:45 AM   Subscribe

I want to know if I run the risk of Hard Disk damage by having large (8 inch sub+midrange) speakers near my computer. I have a Western Digital 100GB 7200 and a 160GB 8MB cache disk installed.

The amplifier is a Sony (I know... not great) 220 peak output to 3-way speakers playing loud bass volume music. The computer is 8 inches away from the left speaker.
posted by Keyser Soze to Computers & Internet (2 answers total)
The computer is on top of a 6 inch high plastic crate.
posted by Keyser Soze at 1:50 AM on January 21, 2004

Your disks run next to no risk at all -- 8 inches is a pretty fair distance from that magnet, and drives have pretty fair shielding these days. If your case is at all respectable, your memory -- the more delicate component by far -- is also pretty safe. If it's made out of legos or something, you might want to look at getting some shielding in there as much for other reasons as this one.
posted by majick at 4:59 AM on January 21, 2004

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