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How Magnets Affect Computer Disks BackGround 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 softwaredata for short preiods of time Transferring data Floppies are used to transfercopy data from one computer to another Hiding data Floppies are also sometimes used to hide sensitive or confidential data because of the disks 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 50 to 140 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 available for floppies they
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