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    are metal detectors hazardous to laptops?

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    afaik it's not a problem, but I'm not sure
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    I'm no metal-detector guru or anything like that.
    I do believe that the technology utilized by such devices is basically a magnetic field.

    Am I correct?

    If so, I would have to assume, that the generation of such a field would be potentially harmful to sensitive electronic devices that might happen to be a bit too near.

    It's just a guess, but hey, it sounded almost like an educated guess, didn't it
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    Walkthroughs, no. The x-ray machines, yes.
    If you are talking about an airport or something. They make you take it out and turn it on prior to walking through the medal detector, your bag then goes through, and your laptop does not go through the x-ray machine.

    Otherwise your information might go

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    ooooh, my bad :(

    I was thinking of the type of unit that treasure hunters use.

    Guess maybe I should get out and travel more, huh?
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    If a treasure hunter finds a laptop buried in the ground, I think the effects of the metal detector will be the least of your worries. :rofl:
    :-(

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    Default Re: are metal detectors hazardous to laptops

    Nop as it is metal detector...

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    If it's going through those x-ray scanners then yes. Both my sister and cousin lost their dvd-rw drives like that.
    Nothing is impossible... Just mathematically improbable..

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    Default Re: are metal detectors hazardous to laptops

    Quote Originally Posted by soldier View Post
    If it's going through those x-ray scanners then yes. Both my sister and cousin lost their dvd-rw drives like that.

    How? In Australia anyway, they make you take your laptop out of the bag, but no to turn it on just so they can put it through the X ray scanner by itsself. Mine has been through 20+ times and never had a problem. But Toshiba are good now arnt they?
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    Default Re: are metal detectors hazardous to laptops

    As I am also in Australia, thought I might chip into that.
    Have a work lappy which is an apple. That doesn't like going through the x ray scanner at all.
    First time some data got corrupted (I first thought I suffered from 'dog ate my homework' sort of thing). Secondly, the USB keyboard is now giving me little electric buzzes. Yay for that - at least it keeps you wake ;)
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