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I'm considering bringing my Xbox 360 on a trip I'm taking, but I'm worried that the airport security scanner will damage the hard drive inside. Is this a valid concern?

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Make sure it's well packaged with plenty of bubblewrap and/or foam to protect against shocks. –  ChrisF Jul 30 '10 at 14:27
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The Xbox is made of Xrays! :D –  McKay Jul 30 '10 at 15:42
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I've taken mine as carry on before, it didn't hurt it. –  aranasaurus Jul 30 '10 at 17:15
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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about hardware in general, should be asked on superuser.com instead. –  Zommuter Jul 16 '13 at 9:25
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You'll be fine. Millions of passengers have no problem with laptops brought through airport security. Your XBox will be fine.

Here's a quote from About.com:

Letting your laptop go through the x-ray equipment will not harm your laptop. The magnetic field which is generated is not enough to cause harm to your hard drive or cause damage to your data. Metal detectors on the other hand, can cause damage and request politely that Security/Customs do not use the metal detector but do a hand check instead.

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Nice bonus about the metal detector info. Thanks! –  Beska Jul 30 '10 at 14:27
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Some good info in this answer. –  Christian Jul 30 '10 at 15:23
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