Will magnetism hurt my PC?

Question

My question is about magnets. My computer desk with everything is right next to a bed that has a strong magnetic mattress pad on it. In time will all this magnetic force do any harm to my computer? Thank you for any help you can give me. Bob Harper

Answer

This question was answered on December 9, 2002. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

I don't know how strong those pads are, but I doubt it.

If your monitor starts showing a tint, this is called loss of purity It most commonly occurs when speakers are too close to the monitor, or a desk fan is present Providing no such symptom occurs, I'd think it's all right Still I wouldn't toss any floppy disks on the bed It takes a pretty strong magnet to erase them, but there is no use asking for any unnecessary degradation of floppy disk data.

Should you disassemble your PC, I wouldn't toss the hard drive on the bed, either In fact, I would never toss a hard drive around at all.

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Posted by Robert of Mesa Community College on December 9, 2002