Flash drive OK with X-rays?

  Pineman100 11:59 03 Apr 2006
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I have to take a USB flsh drive abroad with me, and it will have some vital data on it. Is there any possibility that it will be adversely affected by the security X-ray machines at the airport?

  Stuartli 12:20 03 Apr 2006

>>I agree with the policy of taking a backup on CD, & would advise against using a CD-RW. I've always suspected that they might well be affected by even low-level X rays.>>

As these disks are non-magnetic how can they be affected by X-rays?

I've taken lots of rolls of film through airport X-ray scanners over the years and it has never affected them.

  Pineman100 14:05 03 Apr 2006

As suggested, I'll burn a CD-R to duplicate the data. So I should have all bases covered.

  Stuartli 15:03 03 Apr 2006

As a motoring journalist I passed through airport scanners literally hundreds and hundreds of times and never had any problems with films.

Regarding disk media and magnetic fields I suggest you read the following links:

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click here (under Features and Benefits)

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Which is why I have never been concerned leaving my disks close to the monitor...:-)

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