How Magnets Affect Computer Disks
One of the most commonly used Computer data storaged mediums is a Computer
Disk or a Floppy. These are used in everyday life, in either our workplace or at home.
These disks have many purposes, such as:
Storing data: Floppies can be used to store software/data for short preiods of time,
Transferring data: Floppies are used to transfer/copy data from one computer to
Hiding data: Floppies are also sometimes used to hide sensitive or confidential data,
because of the disk's small size it can be hidden very easily.
Advertising: Because floppies are cheap to buy, they are used to advertise different types
of software, such as: Software for the internet advertised on America Online Floppies.
Floppies are also considered to be very sensitve data storage mediums. These
Disks have numerous advantages and disadvanteges. Even though floppies are used so
commonly they are also not very dependable.
They have numerous conditions under which
they should normally be kept. For example: the actuall magnetic disk inside the hard cover
of the disk must NEVER be touched, the magnetic disk inside, must be protected by the
metallic sliding shield, the disk must always be within the temperature of 50ÃÂ° to 140ÃÂ°
Fahrenheit and the disk must never be bought near a magnet! (3M Diskettes)
There are many such hazards to computer disks. Problems caused by magnets are
very common. A floppy can be damaged unknowingly if it is kept near a magnet, that may
be in the open or inside any device, such as a speaker phone in computer speakers or
stereo or a telephone. And becuase of the common use of magnets in everyday life, more
and more floppies are damaged everyday.
Even though protective coverings against magnets and other electrical hazards, are