Can you fry your HD by re-installing Windows too many times?? 14 replies

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Nick1989

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#1 12 years ago

This kid I know, he reformats his computer every couple weeks. He fried his HD yesterday. He wanted to know why it fried... hell if I know? But, he did re-install Windows a lot, if you do it too many times can it fry your drive?




nick.g33k

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#2 12 years ago

Re-installing Windows too many times will not "fry" your HDD. Neither will reformatting it. But reformatting alot of times can create bad sectors on your HDD and eventually make it so the HDD wont run stabally any more. But honestly, you would have to be formatting COMPLETELY every week for a good few months. I mean like a COMPLETE formatting process. You know, the one that takes hours? lol




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#3 12 years ago

a good reformat every 6-8 months is what i have been told, but not every few weeks

I bet he reformats so often so the FBI wont "discover" some things on his HD.... :lol:


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Agentlaidlaw

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#4 12 years ago

No, reformatting will not kill the HD -_-.




deathwarder

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#5 12 years ago

if that was his problem, he could encrypt files with say, 4096bit encryption, and use norton to wipe over with 0s any data he deleted, then put 4 firewalls on, 2 hardware, 2 software




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#6 12 years ago

Did you ask him why he reformats so much?, doing it that often is pointless, unless he's just really, really bored and needs something to do...

As everybody said, no, it will not fry the drive.




deathwarder

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#7 12 years ago

at one point, I was experimenting on an old computer with 98, and reformatted 1-2times a day, that is, se reformat+install, go to school, check if it worked, modify cd to work better, reformat, wake up...... It was fun but time consuming




nick.g33k

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#8 12 years ago

Oh wow, and just what was the point of that experiment?




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#9 12 years ago

I reformat every 6 months. No, it won't hurt a thing.




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#10 12 years ago

Agreed, reformating wouldnt do damage to a hard drive.

Reformating basicly just marks the disk as being able to write over. Its a clean slat, but not like people think. Its like painting white over a canvas thats already been used.

Thats how the fbi and other agencys collect information that people think is gone. Its never really gone.




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