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by iwan_antonius / November 27, 2004 3:26 PM PST

Hi Dear,
Is it true that if we always install and uninstall programs most all the time, it can destroy the hard disk?

Thanks for the answers!!

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Re: Install and Uninstall
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 27, 2004 6:57 PM PST
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I don't think it will destroy the hard disk as such.

The hard disk is just a spinning thing that is in use nearly all the time in the background. There is always something being read from, or written to, the disk, so installing and uninstalling is no different.

But if you are "always" installing and uninstalling programs, then the data on the hard disk can become fragmented after time, and that makes seeking programs/files, or managing the disk, harder for the Operating System.

That is what the Disk Defragmenter is for. In Windows XP it is a particularly unfriendly looking piece of software, but if run regularly, (eg once a month if you install/uninstall very often, or less frequently otherwise), it does it's job pretty well.

The Disk Defragmenter can tell you what percentage the disk is fragmented, and will recommend that you either defragment now, or defragmenting is not required at this time.


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Re: Install and Uninstall
by iwan_antonius / November 28, 2004 11:46 AM PST

Thanks for the answers!! it means a lot to me!!

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Re: Install and Uninstall
by Graziani / December 11, 2004 10:12 AM PST

Mark-I would like to ask you a question about taking down my pc and packing it away for awhile. I am finding that my laptop is more efficient for the things that I need to accomplish. Would I uninstall all my programs in the add/delete programs? I would not just turn off the power buttons, cover up, and put away right? I am a novice every time I turn around. Please help.

Thank you,
Lisa Graziani

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Lisa, Not Mark, But.....
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 11, 2004 10:50 AM PST

There's really no need to uninstall anything on the computer when putting it into storage. With new computers, you only need to turn it off, then put somewhere clean, dry, and relatively temperature neutral. Older computers needed to have their hard drives "locked/parked" but that normally isn't required anymore to move a computer. On old computers, checking any disk diagnostic floppies that came with your computer should let you know about that type of thing.

IT IS IMPORTANT to make backups of all your important data on that machine. No matter how you store it, there is a possibility that it wouldn't start up correctly when you finally use it. BE SURE to make backups if you haven't already.

Hope this helps.


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Re: destroy
by reefurbb / November 27, 2004 9:40 PM PST
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Types of destruction:
mechanical drive fouls up, motor won't spin.
boot sector gets corrupted, destroyed.
hard knock unseats little pickups on pickup arms.
too many bad sectors.
Heat, knocking, bad power supply voltage, humidity getting past seal and rusting things, bad voltage spikes, bad mobo chipsets, viruses or bad data that renders sectors unuseable, poor manufacture.
The answer is NO. In fact, using surface scan helps to keep platters clean as pickup arm moves over the whole platter, 2 actually and both sides.
As said, it's more a matter of no uninstall actually being totally clean, folders and files left behind, junking up your OS. Check C:/ and Program Files to look for old folders that should be gone. I know of no safe cleaner that finds all this.

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