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Can installing OS again and again harm hard disc?

by ur_prob / September 17, 2011 1:03 AM PDT

I know this question can make you mad. Even I believe that it doesn't effect but some people more knowledgeable then me says that it does.
That's why i'm asking whether it does or not? if yes then how?

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Clarification Request
Is that Disc or Disk?
by Jimmy Greystone / September 17, 2011 2:58 AM PDT

Is that Disc or Disk, because there's a difference. Disc is optical media, disk is magnetic media.

In either case, I'd say the answer is yes, but with the qualifier that it is generally so insignificant as to be not really worth mentioning.

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My best guess and only a guess!
by Goldwinger1984 / September 17, 2011 2:03 AM PDT

I would have to believe that continued loading and reloading of the hard drive may actually cause some real wear to a mechanical hard drive since the mechanisms are getting more "miles" placed on them and eventual sloppiness would cause accuracy issues but I can't see it hurting a solid state drive to any extent.

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Disc, Disk, Mac, MAC.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 17, 2011 3:11 AM PDT

I don't care which you use as I think the context of the question should help us understand what you meant.

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Not in this case
by Jimmy Greystone / September 17, 2011 6:24 AM PDT
In reply to: Disc, Disk, Mac, MAC.

Not in this case... Do they mean will it harm the install media, or the hard disk which will be written to numerous times? Two completely different scenarios.

I have yet to see a single DVD that has been used many times come out looking as good as it did the day it was pressed at the factory. Then there's whether or not that is caused by something you the user does or some slight mechanical failure that will have a cumulative effect over time?

All of which is completely different from the prospect of focusing only on the HDD.

And just because modern english is a very badly broken form of old english is no reason to let it deteriorate further through intentional neglect.

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(NT) Talk to them.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 17, 2011 8:17 AM PDT
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Doubtful.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 17, 2011 2:33 AM PDT

In fact using a drive normally should result in more wear than installing the OS.

However for SSDD (solid state disk drive) the news is grim. There are only so many write cycles and you would indeed be using those whereas your magnetic surfaces seem to have some trillions of write cycles.
Bob

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