Should I build a faraday cage around my PC?

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Should I build a faraday cage around my PC?
« on: 27/11/2011 22:30:02 »
Daniel Migneault  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hi,

Seeing that the sun is coming into a particularly active phase, do you think I should build a Faraday cage around the magnetic media that holds my data? I understand that PC cases are Faraday cages themselves (grounded and made of metal), but are they sufficient against a major solar flare? What about external drives?

Thanks,

Dan from Canada

What do you think?
« Last Edit: 27/11/2011 22:30:02 by _system »

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« Reply #1 on: 27/11/2011 19:57:54 »
Imagine that you have caged your PC in this way and there's a big solar flare.
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« Reply #2 on: 27/11/2011 20:37:50 »
The solar weather is only a problem for long conductors like power/telephone/telegraph lines ...
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/26oct_solarshield/

hard drives are of metal construction anyway ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:EBSamsung_hard_disk.JPG
« Last Edit: 27/11/2011 20:44:10 by RD »

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Should I build a faraday cage around my PC?
« Reply #3 on: 27/11/2011 23:14:47 »
Only if there is something on it that you really don't want other people to know about.

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