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Will airport security damage my external Hard Disk Drive?

By pyromaster114
Dec 25, 2007
  1. I have an external hard disk drive (Western Digital MyBook 500GB, if that matters what kind it is...) and I was wondering if I put it inside my checked baggage, well padded of course, will the air port security X-ray machines wipe / damage the data?
    (I am hoping to reduce the amount of luggage I have to carry around the airport to the gate and all...)
    So do you guys think my precious pictures and videos and various digital valuables will be safe?
  2. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Posts: 595

    X -Rays won`t affect an HD

    Stupid security officers,can.

    Just make sure they treat it carefully,if they want to look

    in your bag.

    Very strong magnetic fields can affect HDs.So avoid those,too.

    (don`t take it into an MRI scanner :haha: )
  3. pyromaster114

    pyromaster114 TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 246

    Okay so you think that my hard disk drive should be safe in the checked baggage for air travel?
  4. Ph30nIX

    Ph30nIX TS Rookie Posts: 243

    It will be fine.
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