Some advice on the HDD and magnetism matter needed.
Just how vulnerable are external hard drives to magnetism and magetic fields? I just recently bought two external WD drives and kept them on my guitar amp next to my coputer. There is a little space (plus the amp’s top side itself) between the 30W speaker and the drives, so they’re nowehere near touching. I’ve kept them like that for two weeks or something.
Should I be concerned? I haven’t noticed any problems so far anyway… Also, if once exposed to magnetic fields, will the drives be more susceptible to magnetism in the future or even gradually start “deteriorating” from the point of the first exposure?