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

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    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?

    Sul.
     
  2. PoetWarrior

    PoetWarrior Registered Member

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    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

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    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

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