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    Radiation

    Hi
    Any physics guru know what radiation will or will not affect a computer(e.g. the hard drive?) I know magnetic fields must be avoided, but can airport x-ray machines (at least the x-ray part of them) corrupt data? I thought they could, but people are saying they've never had any trouble taking laptops on board an aircraft. Anybody with any experience (good or bad) of this?

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    Re: Radiation

    I have never heard a negative word.

    Never heard of a problem due to xray.

    Early talk was carry-on.

    Never heard of a data problem, I would
    be more worried of theft, were I you with
    a laptop, save the data, all the data.

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    Re: Radiation

    I have put my laptop through hundreds of airport xray machines and have never had a problem.
    Legare Coleman

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    Re: Radiation

    Hi Merc,

    The only oddity I've run across was about 20 years ago when the site I worked at had problems with an NRC 8550, 5 x 12 inch platters = 5Mb.

    The problem was eventually pin pointed as the radar at Sydney airport interfering with the comms between the CPU and stand-alone "disk" drives. (Don't recall details.)

    As for laptops, we have 6 regular travelers, Sales people, and I've had no problems to date. (Excluding dropped machines.)
    Granville

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