Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    kind of a newbie question re: pb and security scans
    TomyDingo's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 29, 2005
    Location
    Austin, Texas
    Posts
    133
    Specs:
    20" 2.4 GHz iMac w/ 4GB RAM & 320GB HD
    kind of a newbie question re: pb and security scans
    i'm about to go on a flight in a couple days, this is the first time i've flown with my powerbook. i've heard people say that the security scan could mess up the harddrive etc, anything i should do to help prevent such a measure?

  2. #2
    kind of a newbie question re: pb and security scans
    johnnymacuser's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 09, 2005
    Location
    London
    Posts
    63
    Specs:
    Macbook Pro 13" 2.66 GHz 8 GB
    Smile Security scans
    Quote Originally Posted by TomyDingo
    i'm about to go on a flight in a couple days, this is the first time i've flown with my powerbook. i've heard people say that the security scan could mess up the harddrive etc, anything i should do to help prevent such a measure?
    I have taken 4 flights with my powerbook no problems as yet, i did shut it down though rather than just put it to sleep.

  3. #3
    kind of a newbie question re: pb and security scans
    D3v1L80Y's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 02, 2004
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    12,456
    Specs:
    MacBook
    This is such an old wive's tale its not even funny.
    There is nothing in an airport security scan that will harm your computer.

    First of all, the X-ray scanner will in no way harm your laptop as it is merely a different wave of light (more or less).

    Secondly, the metal detector (the only thing that in any remote way that would affect your computer as it deals with magnetic fields) has such a low magnetic sensor, and that magnetic sensor only waves over the laptop for such an ultra brief period, would not have any affect on your computer.
    Now, if they jacked up the magnetic force to the absolute maximum level, then let your PowerBook sit under it and "cook" for say like....2-3 hours....then maybe, just maybe, the magnetic field generated would cause some damage to the HD.
    __________________________________________________
    Posting and YOU|Forum Community Guidelines|The Apple Product Cycle|Forum Courtesy

    mac: a waterproof raincoat made of rubberized fabric
    MAC: a data communication protocol sub-layer, also known as the Media Access Control
    Mac: a brand name which covers several lines of personal computers designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc.


  4. #4
    rhrad
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by D3v1L80Y
    Now, if they jacked up the magnetic force to the absolute maximum level, then let your PowerBook sit under it and "cook" for say like....2-3 hours....then maybe, just maybe, the magnetic field generated would cause some damage to the HD.
    This is very true...I've been told that ruining the data on a harddrive (with its case intact) would require a magnet more powerful than most people have access to, or a magnetic field more powerful than most devices can generate.

    Basically, as D3v1...7...Q...er, Devilboy, put it, you'd have to let your harddrive bathe in a relatively strong magnetic field (in an MRI or CT machine at your local hospital's radiology department, maybe) for hours on end, or I guess you could take it down to the nearest junkyard & stick it to that giant electromagnet that lifts cars.

    But as for the 15-second trip through the airport x-ray machine, you have nothing to worry about.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. What kind of question is this?
    By MikeFromMesa in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-30-2014, 04:36 PM
  2. Newbie plz b kind!
    By Open Source in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 07-23-2014, 05:30 AM
  3. need some help, kind of a specialist question
    By iWheeler in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-20-2011, 12:46 PM
  4. [Kind of] A dumb newbie question
    By shortyrulesall in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 02-01-2009, 08:26 PM
  5. Some music questions from a newbie - please be kind
    By ourhero in forum iPod Hardware and Accessories
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 11-28-2006, 01:52 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •