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    Hard Drive next to speaker

    Now how worried about putting the speaker next to my HDD should i be.



    As the picture shows this is where everything would be sit and the HDD is in the case on the same level as the speaker.

    I know about how speakers can affect HDD but i would have thought that HDD would be shielded nowadays.

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    Re: Hard Drive next to speaker

    That looks like a Sony speaker if I'm not mistaken, & is most likely to be shielded - check for this in the documentation.

    Also, as it's magnet is probably small & relatively weak compared to a subwoofer's magnet, you should be OK I reckon.

    You'll see most (if not all) reports/experiences of a speaker adversely affecting a HDD are an unshielded subwoofer.

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    Re: Hard Drive next to speaker

    wouldnt worry about it i have my external hdd right next to my speakers literally hugging them doesnt do any damage that i know of to much plastic in the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossbow View Post
    That looks like a Sony speaker if I'm not mistaken, & is most likely to be shielded - check for this in the documentation.

    Also, as it's magnet is probably small & relatively weak compared to a subwoofer's magnet, you should be OK I reckon.

    You'll see most (if not all) reports/experiences of a speaker adversely affecting a HDD are an unshielded subwoofer.
    It is a sony speaker but due to it being a rear one it isn't shielded (sony only decided to do it to the front ones)

    If it's mainly the subwoofers that do it i'll probaly give it a go then but to make sure i may move the speaker to be on top of the pc so it's further away from the HDD just to be sure.

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    Re: Hard Drive next to speaker

    Quote Originally Posted by handscombmp View Post
    Now how worried about putting the speaker next to my HDD should i be.
    Not at all.


    Quote Originally Posted by handscombmp View Post
    As the picture shows this is where everything would be sit and the HDD is in the case on the same level as the speaker.

    I know about how speakers can affect HDD but i would have thought that HDD would be shielded nowadays.
    I don't think I have ever heard of a domestic speaker affecting a hard drive. The magntic field strengths required to magnetise the disk surface will be far higher than the residual field strengths from a speaker. CRT displays could be affected by speaker magnets, but that was caused bt the magnetic field affecting the electron beam in the CRT display tube.
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    Re: Hard Drive next to speaker

    If you change your mind or not convinced, you may want to consider a DIY approach

    P.S. Looks like they do magnetic shielding foil, which would be ideal for your setup, but only available in the US by the looks of it! I could use some myself, to shield my CRT telly from the damaging effects of a portable music system - have to keep them apart for the time being.

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    Re: Hard Drive next to speaker

    Home magnets and HD's interfering is a myth.

    There is no magnet on the market you can easily buy that would alter the magnetic field on a disk. As for a speaker magnet? It would be like peeing in the ocean and then trying to measure how much sea levels have rose.

    You need professional degaussing equipment to screw up the magnetic fields on a drive. If you didn't walk through a metal detector and several warning signs stating "no metal in this area", then you don't have something strong enough.

    If you physically opened the disk (so you could see the platers) and put Neodymium on it, you will start to have issues. But even Neodymium on the case of the HD will do *nothing* to the data.
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    Re: Hard Drive next to speaker

    You shouldn't worry about it at all - there are powerful NIB magnets inside the HDD which are needed for the actuator to work. The speaker's magnets are very weak in comparison.

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    Re: Hard Drive next to speaker

    It wont be a problem. I have my logitech X-540 sub within 30cm of my HDD's, and it has been shoved right next to the HDD's when I need to get to something, or while watching films, and I want it as a foot rest. This will have a more powerful magnet than yours, and has made no effect

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