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Micki R
Posted on Monday, June 18, 2001 - 7:07 am:   

I removed a magnet from the side of the CPU at work and then used the magnet to hold a note to something else. The note was a warning to let them know they should NEVER put a magnet on their computer.

I can't remember off the top of my head what the magnet does. But I'm sure someone will ask me the question. Duh, I feel a little stupid... but could someone please tell me the reason, or point me in the right direction for this info?

Thanks much!
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2001 - 11:47 pm:   

HD's store data with magnetic disks that normally work together. One writes, another erases. Their polarity is adjusted to work together. Think of a magnetized screwdriver...if you put it up to the backside of a magnet, you demagnetize it. If an outside magnet interferes with this process... there goes your data out the window!

That's just my brief. Here's a good analogy...check out

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