[ale] Linux alternative recommendation ?
krwatson at cc.gatech.edu
Tue Oct 25 08:37:23 EDT 2011
As Jim pointed out they can but it does depend on the energy level of the xrays.
As a result the manufacturers say sometimes xrays damage flash and sometimes they don't so it is best to treat them like photographic film to be safe.
5: Pack Flash storage devices into carry-on luggage if possible
6: Avoid U.S. Postal Service radiation scanning of mailed packages
You can get the International Imaging Industry Association (I3A) Integrity in Transportation of Imaging Products (ITIP) report here:
Keith R. Watson Georgia Institute of Technology
IT Support professional Lead College of Computing
keith.watson at cc.gatech.edu 801 Atlantic Drive NW
(404) 385-7401 Atlanta, GA 30332-0280
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> From: ale-bounces at ale.org [mailto:ale-bounces at ale.org] On Behalf Of Jim
> Sent: Monday, October 24, 2011 23:23
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> Subject: Re: [ale] Linux alternative recommendation ?
> I haven't directly studied xray damage to flash media but xrays do cause
> damage/change to nearly every material that they encounter. By ionizing
> both valence band and deeper electron shells, the materials are forced by
> their chemistey and lattice structures to rearrange after an ionization
> occurs. Theoretically, this physio-chemical change will destroy the stored
> charge in the region of the disruption. I expect the requisite cross
> sectional absorption rate would need to be high as the data charge is not
> contained within a aungle lattice cwll but across many adjacent ones.
> However, ionized lattice relaxtion is very much an adjacent cell process
> as the unstable charges migrate to dissapate their high potential. So I
> would count xrays as a valid way to destroy data on a thumb drive or and
> media for that matter.
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