Can a format or software setting damage a harddrive?

Discussion in 'hardware' started by Sully, May 7, 2010.

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  1. Sully

    Sully Registered Member

    Dec 23, 2005
    It is a question I have often thought about. I have seen a few others say that formatting or installing a certain OS ruined thier drives. I used to scoff at such an idea, as I did not see how software could damage the physical disks.

    However, now I wonder. I had two WD 750g drives in raid 0. They were perhaps almost two years old. They never posed an issue at all, until I installed the RC of win7. After that I had corruption, and eventually had to have one RMA'd. Recently I had a cd-rom drive that I thought was bad. Lots of issues in win7, some in XP. After unplugging the suspected bad cd-rom drive, xp seemed happy. Then I noticed a s.m.a.r.t error.

    So now I wonder, I bought 3 of those drives at the same time. The one that was never formatted by win7, it works great. The remaining one from the raid array I think is going to fail.

    Could it have been a format or something about the OS that caused this? Has anyone experienced similar issues or have knowledge of this type of thing?

  2. PoetWarrior

    PoetWarrior Registered Member

    Apr 16, 2007
    Sometimes I get the impression that Win 7 is a little rough on hardware.

    Looking forward to the responses to your question.
  3. Cudni

    Cudni Global Moderator

    May 24, 2009
    i always believe that is some underlying weakness in hd manufacturing that is exposed by normal operation/use. Formatting is one of such activities
  4. Noob

    Noob Registered Member

    Nov 6, 2009
    I don't think so, unless you overstress your HDD?
    Which could be possible i think :D
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