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Guitar Cabs, Hard Drives: How close is too close? Dynamics Processors (HW)
Old 2nd January 2011
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Guitar Cabs, Hard Drives: How close is too close?

how dangerous is it to keep my guitar cabs and PC in close proximity?

How close is too close?

Obviously I'm not like, sandwiching my PC between two 1960 4x12's, but what is the general rule of thumb?

Should i even be remotely worried about this?

P.S. Its a bedroom studio situation, so space is kind of at a premium, but if the best thing is to keep the amps and computers in opposite corners, I can make that work.

Last edited by MikeyG; 2nd January 2011 at 10:49 PM.. Reason: Clarification
Old 2nd January 2011
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There are companies which do this as a buisness. Hard erasing hard drives.

If it was that easy to erase a disk by placing it on top of a cab, those companies ran out of business.

I don't think you need to worry.

However, backups are a great idea generally
Old 2nd January 2011
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I suppose I never thought about it that way.

But even so, all it takes is a few flipped bits to ruin a project no?

Is even partial corruption a non issue?

Or should I channel my anxiety into more important issues?

Old 3rd January 2011
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I would be far more concerned about mechanical failure of a drive due to vibration than I would be about magnetic fields coming from the speakers.

Here's a blog by a magnet manufacturer that actually tried to kill data on a hard disk with magnets:

K&J Magnetics Blog

I hope this eases your mind a bit!
Old 3rd January 2011
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Wow, that article certainly does put much of my anxiety to rest.

mdoelger, my friend responded similarly to you, pointing out the need for this product to me:

Garner HDTD-8800 Large Format Hard Drive Eraser and HDTD-8800

and to think how much money Enron could have saved with some celestions
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