Can a speaker damage a hard drive?

Hello everyone!

A few days ago, this one guy saw a speaker near a desktop computer and said that probably isn't a good idea. I hadn't thought about that. What do others think? Could the speaker's magnetic system interfere with the hard drives?

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  1. The magnet inside a hard disk is stronger than the typical speaker magnet therefore he is spouting urban legend. Besides the disk case makes a fairly good hysteresis shield. Computer rated speakers also contain a hysteresis shield to stop interference with CRT type monitors. Two things are bothered by magnets the front face of a CRT and floppy disks, not much else to worry about.
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