Hard Disk Storage

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March 7, 2010 at 21:31:15
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 2.3 GHz / 3069 MB
Hey,
I have several 2.5" & 3.5" hard disks that i need to store on a more permanant basis. Ive read in numerous places that 'stacking' them isnt good due to some magnetic prob. (Cant remember exactly). I was just wondering if they were stored in static-proof bags would it matter if they were stacked one on top of the other?
I dont mean stacking them in the comp, so im not worried about them overheating due to low surface space lol, just trying to find out the best way to store them long-term.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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#1
March 8, 2010 at 00:36:19
Static bags have no affect on magnetic fields. It would, however, be a good idea to put them in static bags to protect them from, well you know--static.

Hard drives do have magnets in them so I suppose it's possible the magnets in one drive could affect the contents of another drive.

In computers with more than one hard drive, they're often mounted one on top of the other with very little clearance between them so I don't think it's a big problem. I have dozens of drives I'm not using stacked on top of each other and haven't noticed any problems should I pull one out to use in a PC.

But some separation couldn't hurt. You could probably store them separated by an inch or two and be safe.

Oh, another thing, the placement and shape of the magnets will give a non-uniform magnetic field. I'm guessing, but it may be safer stacking them on top of one another--with some separation--than if they were close together in a different configuration.

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March 8, 2010 at 00:57:45
Thanks very much, thats some very interesting stuff you just said there. Helps alot, thanks.

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#3
March 8, 2010 at 01:15:15
You're welcome. It'd probably be best to store them in a cool (not cold, as in a refrigerator), somewhat dry, environment.

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