Can I Erase a EEPROM like this??

By deezull
Feb 3, 2004
  1. If I run a Strong Magnet over a EEprom chip (NOT EPROM) will it erase it?? Or can it be only erased with a electrical field??

    Any info would be wonderful


  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    While others may argue, I've never been successful.

    I've taken some very powerful earth magnets and attempted to erase BIOS chips... disks... solid state storage devices.. etc... Just for fun I might add.

    I've yet to be successful.

    I doubt it is a myth (certainly there is fact behind magnetic fields erasing storage devices), but I've yet to find a magnet strong enough.
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    You can't erase EEPROMs with a magnet. I imagine a very powerful and rapidly changing electromagnetic field could fry the chip but it'd be easier to use a hammer in that case.
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