Can I erase a CD with a magnet?

Answer You can't erase a CD with a magnet. When writing data to a CD, ridges are created in the top layer to represent that data that's read by a laser (somewhat similar to how the grooves on a vinyl reco... Read More »

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Can you erase a hard drive with a magnet?

You can erase a hard drive with a very powerful magnet. Degaussing a hard drive with an electrically charged magnetic coil will effectively erase a hard drive, according to the Washington Post. ... Read More »

Will a magnet erase a CD?

Magnets have no effects on a CD because a CD uses optics for reading and writing, according to Disc Eraser. Magnets only affect magnetic storage devices, such as the hard drive in your computer or ... Read More »

Can a magnet erase a flash drive?

A magnet cannot erase a flash drive. Unlike many other forms of computer media, such as floppy disks and hard drives, flash drives are not magnetic. In flash memory, electrical charges rather than ... Read More »

Does a magnet erase a hard drive?

A magnet can erase a hard drive, but most home users do not own magnets powerful enough to accomplish this. A hard drive can be completely wiped using an industrial machine called a "degausser," wh... Read More »