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How dangerous is a hard reset actually?

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Can it actually harm hardware if your computer freezes and you have to do a hard reset or is the only danger that of corrupting the hard drive?
post #2 of 10
Only thing you really have to worry about is damaging sectors on your hdd or corrupting your mbr. Chkdsk, fixmbr, fixboot commands can all fix those issues 90% of the time.
post #3 of 10
No harm. I used to had bsod. Had to force reset. The drive won't bother to boot. It Fix by switching AHCI to IDE thx to Windows 7. After report I switch AHCI, it works perfectly fine. Also my computer is still state of the faster than the general users here that use vertex, black or F4 spinpoint driver. I didn't format the computer over 1 year btw. smile.gif
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It could causes corruption if power is lost before data is written to disk.
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Possible hard drive corruption if power is turned off during a write.
post #6 of 10
If your PC locks up, you don't have a choice.

otherwise, just reboot.
post #7 of 10
I hard reset my laptop every time I shut off my laptop for at least a year and a half straight because of the time it took to shut off and I never had a problem with it.

But I wouldn't recommend it just for the simple fact that it can corrupt a drive.
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The various answers already posted are all correct. Depending on the severity of the freeze that requires a "hot boot", your system may not be able to recover gracefully. Or it may reboot just fine when selecting "Run Windows Normally" option after POST. But as previously stated, what choice do you have? In the non-PC world this is sarcatically known as a "Raytheon Reset."
post #9 of 10
It's like taking a flash drive out of your computer without doing the safety removal thing. Really safety removal is not necessary because as long as nothing is being written on the flash drive you can take it out without worry.

Safety removal is a way of idiot proofing flash drives. Whenever I get mac users putting flash drives in my computer they always ask me to do the safety removal thing and even though the computer isn't using the flash drive they think removing it without the computers permission will make the flash drive explode or something.

A hard shut down of your computer is kinda the same thing.
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Originally Posted by TrueOptic;13661405 
Can it actually harm hardware if your computer freezes and you have to do a hard reset or is the only danger that of corrupting the hard drive?

It's the freeze that causes the problem. Not the hard reset. But if the computer is NOT frozen and you hard reset it, then yeah...you could have issues. I corrupted my boot sector by doing a hard reset while a virus was installing...had to repair install XP to fix that, as even windows 7 wouldn't boot (since it's a dual boot), as the master partition itself was damaged (W7 saw there was damage but couldn't fix it, as the boot table was on the C: drive, and W7 was on the D: drive, which it changes to C: after it boots).
Edited by Falkentyne - 5/28/11 at 12:39pm
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