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iSight magnet is teh suck

Posted by Fri, 11 Aug 2006 05:41:00 GMT

12 comments Latest by null Wed, 23 Aug 2006 12:04:11 GMT

We picked up an iSight for those of us in the office who have older powerbooks without a builtin webcam… and I was playing with the magnet that came with it and somehow didn’t think twice about setting it down on my laptop… loud noise… 2 seconds later…. black screen!

...yeah… I lost a hard drive.

Fun times. :-)


...the magnet is now in the garbage. TAKE THAT!


I’m not the only person that this happened to…

It’s interesting to hear so many people say, “It takes a really powerful magnet to destroy a hard drive. I doubt that happend in your case. That magnet is not strong enough.”

...perhaps it is.

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    Joe Fri, 11 Aug 2006 07:01:14 GMT

    Ouch… That sucks. You’d think they’d shield hard drives now or something.

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    Sammy Fri, 11 Aug 2006 10:22:57 GMT

    OUCH. Condolences.

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    Winston Fri, 11 Aug 2006 12:40:45 GMT

    I didn’t think you could affect a HD to that degree with a magnet. Guess you showed them. ouch

    “A magnet powerful enough to disturb the electrons in flash would be powerful enough to suck the iron out of your blood cells,” says Frank. The same goes for hard drives.


    “In the real world, people are not losing data from magnets,” says Bill Rudock, a tech-support engineer with hard-drive maker Seagate.

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    DGM Fri, 11 Aug 2006 14:26:28 GMT

    Despite all the assurances from people that computers and HD’s are shielded, I still treat magnets as evil around the computer.

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    Matthew Williams Fri, 11 Aug 2006 18:29:53 GMT

    Why didn’t you use the notebook mount that it comes with? The magnetic mount is meant for the cinema displays.

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    Robby Russell Fri, 11 Aug 2006 20:39:28 GMT Recommend me on Working with Rails

    Matthew…. I said that I was playing with the magnet... as people often do with things that are neat. I was using the notebook mount… but the magnet just intrigued me and I felt like a kid… and now I have a dead hard drive. ;-)

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    Christophe Sat, 12 Aug 2006 07:58:44 GMT

    Sorry to say that, but… Pwn3d !

    (condoleances for your HD)

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    Bill Gates Mon, 14 Aug 2006 15:29:54 GMT

    Yep, magnets will do that to a hard drive.

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    John Mon, 14 Aug 2006 23:52:57 GMT

    The magnet probably didn’t affect the bits on the platter. If that were the case, the drive would likely just have data damage but wouldn’t be dead. Given the loud noise, my first guess would be that the Big Honkin’ Magnet deformed one of the drive arms and the drive head augered into the platter as a result. No fun, that!

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    Amr Tue, 15 Aug 2006 01:18:53 GMT

    This is really weird, cuz HD’s do come with very powerful magnets right next to the platter, that is what powers the arm assembly. The powerbook HD’s must have an aluminum enclosure.. even then its odd.

    I just fixed my old 500 mhz ibook a month ago and there are at least two magnets embedded in the ibooks. and I was playing around with a fairly powerful magnet trying to find the embedded magnets on my ibook. I guess I just was lucky.

    you can also find where they are by running a quarter or any iron/nickel coin on the sids of the ibook. The magnet that controlls the screen sleep functions is embedde in the lower right corner if my G4 ibook and is strong enough to hold a quarter coin.

    good to know.

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    Wanker Tue, 15 Aug 2006 03:44:45 GMT

    I can only laugh. WOW OMG LOLZ!!! In the words of Eazy E—“ya shoulda known better”.

    Do people really still say “teh suck” in 2006? OMG LOL

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    null Wed, 23 Aug 2006 12:04:11 GMT

    Doooood, I did exactly the same thing. Is it just me or is it slightly ridiculous to supply a magnet with the iSight in the first place? I mean not all of us know the in’s and out’s of a friggin hard-drive!