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A question of defrag

I've been in Tech Support for awhile but lately I've encountered a problem that is beginning to worry me.
I have 4 computers networked at home all running Windows XP. As part of a monthly routine I backup all systems and check h/d to see if they need defrag.
A month ago I ran defrag on one of my machines and within 2 days the hard drive completely crashed. Last week another of my machines was defragmented and within a couple of days the h/d crashed as well.
All systems have the latest antivirus, spyware removers and all updates, so I am ruling out virus / spyware.

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Where's the question?

Hard disks will die. Eventually it will happen.


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Hard Drive Question

I guess I did leave the question out.
I know H/D do die and I didn't question the first drive just crashing suddenly (I've seen it enough times). I do question the second one, since it was roughly a year old and just defragged, which was (by pure coincidence) the same thing that happened the day before the first one crashed.
I guess the main question is: has anyone experience any kind of parameter issues or disk errors after a defrag on XP Pro?

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Two possible answers.

1. Coincidence. There's nothing for me to write that it was just a bad day... However I do want to comment that I've run into too many machines that are "hot, hot, hot" in the case and the aging is accelerated.

2. Failing memory. I have people that had a failing memory (a test failed or some other indication) and they ran defrag. The hard disk contents were thoroughly scrambled due to the fact that RAM is used to buffer the data. In their cases, defrag did cause data loss but the hard disk survived.


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