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If windows would crash could it damge any HDD you have in the tower ?

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So for example lets say I have drive A: with the OS on it. Lets say I got keep all my pictures videos and personal files on drive B. So lets say windows crashes or the HD just breaks. Could either crash damage the data on drive B ? This is what a guy at work was telling me. I hear very often someone windows crashes. Another question lets say a PSU goes bad is there a good chance it fry all the components if so how often does stuff like that actully happen ?
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So for example lets say I have drive A: with the OS on it. Lets say I got keep all my pictures videos and personal files on drive B. So lets say windows crashes or the HD just breaks. Could either crash damage the data on drive B ? This is what a guy at work was telling me. I hear very often someone windows crashes. Another question lets say a PSU goes bad is there a good chance it fry all the components if so how often does stuff like that actully happen ?

The answer to your first question is: No. A crash on your OS drive shouldn't affect your files on another drive. I've been keeping all my personal files on a second HDD for a long time through countless reformats and crashes on the OS drive.

The answer to the second question is: Possibly but I'd place the likelihood as minimal.
    
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Depends.

It could be that "A" and "B" are really just two partitions on the same physical hard drive. If the hard drive fails, then both partitions will be lost. This was more common in the 1990s when hard drives were sometimes bigger than the partition size limits.

If "A" and "B" are two wholly separate physical drives, then nothing would happen to drive "B" if drive "A" crashed.

Yes, when PSU blow, sometimes they do scary things like shunt 120V power directly to the 12V/5V outputs, or a short inside a connected component ties 12V to 5V and blows the 5V circuitry on other components on the same PSU rail. I think it's a rather uncommon event with the higher quality PSU designs. Overcurrent protection, multiple rails, and better quality transistors will usually reduce this possibility to a minimum.

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Edited by hammong - 8/6/13 at 12:17pm
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if windows crashes, it could corrupt the data of any drive that is being accessed/written. if your drive be isn't being accesed then the data in there should not get corrupted.
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The answer to your first question is: No. A crash on your OS drive shouldn't affect your files on another drive. I've been keeping all my personal files on a second HDD for a long time through countless reformats and crashes on the OS drive.

The answer to the second question is: Possibly but I'd place the likelihood as minimal.



So you backup your important data on another HDD inside your tower. So your original copy first copy that is on your main HDD in your tower ?
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The drive won't be damaged, but the volume structure or OS itself can be damaged. Any other hard drives in the system will not be affected (That is, unless they are also failing at the same time). Just make sure you got a backup and should not have a problem.
 
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