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Windows 7: Keeping an external hard drive inside a bag?

13 Jun 2015   #1
messagetyper

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Keeping an external hard drive inside a bag?

I'm not really sure if this kind of thread is allowed here but whatever


Like the title said, is it safe to keep hard drives inside a bag (a bag usually used for commute)? It's deep inside it, and it's in a pocket with my iPod Touch inside it. And obviously the bag moves a lot and the back of my bag does come in contact with my legs while moving.
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13 Jun 2015   #2
Anak

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Being somewhat off topic it's as good a place as any, another forum may have been Hardware & Devices.

The main concerns for hard disk drives (HDD(s)) are having a magnet nearby, moisture, static/shocks and jarring vibrations as long as you can satisfy the absence of those conditions your HDD should be okay.

At the very least I would keep it in a resealable anti-static bag that would help with the static and moisture. These are a little pricey, you might want to check with local computer shop to see if you can buy only one. An added help for moisture would be those silica desiccant bags. You'd still have the vibrations and magnets to worry about, but they would have to be really strong magnets, ones that are used to close a clasp on a bag or pouch should pose no problem.

Normal vibrations while commuting should be okay. A jarring incident would be if your commute was involved in an accident or you dropped your bag more than the distance from your hand.
Knock on wood! Keeping an external hard drive inside a bag?-15_10_2.gif for either!

If your HDD is a "traditional" type with platters one problem may be going through any type of security check while commuting, the scanning devices used can emit very strong electromagnetic waves that may harm it.
If it is a solid state drive or the type that uses flash memory it should be unaffected by magnets like your iPod Touch but I'd still be concerned going though a security check.
According to the TSA here in the States the equipment they use does not pose a danger to electronics: "Checkpoint Friendly" Laptop Bags | Transportation Security Administration

There are HDD pouches you could look into that would cover most concerns they range from a 2.5" to the 5.2": External Hard Drive pouches - Newegg.com

I realize I have painted a worst case scenario, but if yours is a HDD that was built as an external you should be okay as they are designed with better features. Have you just started traveling with the HDD or have you been doing it for awhile?


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13 Jun 2015   #3
messagetyper

Windows 7 Starter 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
Being somewhat off topic it's as good a place as any, another forum may have been Hardware & Devices.

The main concerns for hard disk drives (HDD(s)) are having a magnet nearby, moisture, static/shocks and jarring vibrations as long as you can satisfy the absence of those conditions your HDD should be okay.

At the very least I would keep it in a resealable anti-static bag that would help with the static and moisture. These are a little pricey, you might want to check with local computer shop to see if you can buy only one. An added help for moisture would be those silica desiccant bags. You'd still have the vibrations and magnets to worry about, but they would have to be really strong magnets, ones that are used to close a clasp on a bag or pouch should pose no problem.

Normal vibrations while commuting should be okay. A jarring incident would be if your commute was involved in an accident or you dropped your bag more than the distance from your hand.
Knock on wood! Attachment 362487 for either!

If your HDD is a "traditional" type with platters one problem may be going through any type of security check while commuting, the scanning devices used can emit very strong electromagnetic waves that may harm it.
If it is a solid state drive or the type that uses flash memory it should be unaffected by magnets like your iPod Touch but I'd still be concerned going though a security check.
According to the TSA here in the States the equipment they use does not pose a danger to electronics: "Checkpoint Friendly" Laptop Bags | Transportation Security Administration

There are HDD pouches you could look into that would cover most concerns they range from a 2.5" to the 5.2": External Hard Drive pouches - Newegg.com

I realize I have painted a worst case scenario, but if yours is a HDD that was built as an external you should be okay as they are designed with better features. Have you just started traveling with the HDD or have you been doing it for awhile?
Yeah it's an HDD that has a cover just like any other external HDDs out there that were meant to be portable. It's ny first time bringing out the HDD with me which is why I'm kinda worried.
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