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    Laptop Security Check

    LOML and I are leaving on a cruise Saturday. I took my laptop on our last cruise and had nothing but trouble after getting on the ship. Now, I know people carry laptops and all kinds of other personal electronics on planes, ships, etc., with no problem. It's just an interesting coincidence that my old laptop was working fine, then it went through the scanner as required and gave me nothing but trouble afterward. I had to replace it when we returned home.

    So, what say the experts here? Do I take my laptop or leave it at home?
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    I've never had issues when flying with any of my electronic. Just be sure they are powered down (not in stand-by) and they should be fine. I suspect that you were probably going to need a new laptop soon with your last one, just happened to be at the wrong time.

    Only thing I'd suggest is make sure things are up to date and to try and mark your network connections as "Public" so that the OS doesn't open up firewalls and allow your computer info to be compromised.

    Though, the best policy is to just not use it...just enjoy the vacation.
    Darren

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    I agree this sounds like an odd coincidence. I have traveled with computers for nearly 30 years and never had security scans or handling result in any type of system failure. Now, me dropping one down the stairs at the airport in front of everybody . . . that was pretty impactive; to the PC and to my pride .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    ... Though, the best policy is to just not use it...just enjoy the vacation.
    Well, there's that, too!

    I don't actually do any "work" on it, since I'm retired, but I always have some design drawings I like to work on when on any kind of trip. Also, I make backups of all photos we take each day.
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    My 9 1/2 year old Dell Laptop has been with me for about 50,000 air miles per year and 10,000 land miles, and never a problem other than logging into strange WiFi or wired network configurations in foreign hotels. I have never worried about whether the computer was hibernated or sleep or off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    Now, me dropping one down the stairs at the airport in front of everybody . . . that was pretty impactive; to the PC and to my pride .
    And Glenn takes the win!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Plesums View Post
    I have never worried about whether the computer was hibernated or sleep or off.
    Only reason I turn them off is that they (at least mine) will start itself up from time to time if in standby mode. Having it do any reading/writing while getting jolted could cause the heads to move suddenly and cause data loss/corruption.
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    Years ago I did a lot of traveling lecturing to other doctors. I always carried my up-to-date computer with me. I never had any problems with it.

    Disclaimer: My up-to-date computer was made of wood and plastic with about 6 mini rivits---It was called a Slide Rule.

    Enjoy,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    Only reason I turn them off is that they (at least mine) will start itself up from time to time if in standby mode. Having it do any reading/writing while getting jolted could cause the heads to move suddenly and cause data loss/corruption.
    I came here to say the same thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim C Bradley View Post
    Years ago I did a lot of traveling lecturing to other doctors. I always carried my up-to-date computer with me. I never had any problems with it. ...
    Mr. B, you always have the answer to everything!
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