Damage caused by HDD failures?

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  1. NewEyesOpen macrumors regular

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    If and when a HDD fails, can it cause damage to any other part of the computer? ie- Logic Board, display, etc. Or is it really just as simple as, "if it fails, replace it"? In theory, I suppose you could keep reinstalling a new HDD every time one fails no matter how many times?
     
  2. oculus42 macrumors 6502

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    Fail Gracefully

    A hard drive should not fail in a way that causes damage to other components. That's no guarantee, though. If it was a catastrophic failure (sweeping pieces out of the computer) or the drive failure was caused by something else (power surge, lightning strike, brownout, component failure on the motherboard) you might experience the drive failure first.

    I have seen and experienced hundreds of drive failures. Aside from losing data, most failed drives are a simple drop-in replacement.
     
  3. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    What oculus42 said is correct. Unless the hard drive failure was caused by something that could damage other components, you should not worry about other failed parts.
     
  4. NewEyesOpen thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the quick reply, guys. That helps out a lot.
     

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