Disk corruption from telephones

  hoverman 12:58 18 Jul 03

I have been told that it is possible for disk data to be corrupted if a mobile phone is used close to them - especially Zip disks and floppies. What are the chances of a hard drive being affected? My home telephone is a digitally enhanced Diverse 2011 and I have always had the base unit on my computer desk - in fact it is adjacent to the PC case. I have never had a problem with the hard drive, but would it be wise to move it further away? I would imagine that the power level would be much lower than for a mobile phone.

i very much doubt that there is anything to worry about, your monitor is much more likely to damage a disk,

consider that your floppies are encased in just a thin plastic case whereas your hard drive is inside a metal box surrounded by another metal box.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 13:13 18 Jul 03

click here will enlighten all. Personally I keep my floppy disks next to two high power speakers, they are left next to a radiator in an attache case, when out I put them in the same pocket as my mobile phone and nothing has happened. Wouldn't worry about it myself.


  hoverman 15:14 18 Jul 03

Many thanks for your replies. It is reassuring to know that there is no risk.

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