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Is it possible, to say, overclock and corrupt your operating system. Getting little errors here and there, before your operating system starts not being able to boot.... If you kept repeatedly doing this, and then formating and installing a new version then overclocking again, can you physically damage the hardware this way?

I would think it wouldn't, since it's not related to temps, etc....

Anyway, I overclocked and corrupted my Operating system (no big deal, I backed up my files), so I went to my backup harddrive that I hadn't touched in forever to use in the mean time (too lazy to reformat the main drive right away).... and the backup harddrive was corrupted also!!!

I thought if you overclocked, if could only corrupt the boot drive that you use, not the backup hardrive, which in this case, i barely ever logged on too?
post #2 of 16
Absolutely. This is why even though I have three HDD's, I still backup to external drives.
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That's crazy. I always wondered if you corrupted your main hard drive via overclocking, would it affect the backup drives, just because they were connected etc...?

I always just assumed, if your not booting to the backup drives, then "information" isn't flowing through the SATA II cable, and thus, none of the errors or corrupted files get permeate to the not-in-use, but still-connected, backup harddrives.....

Now, that I think about it, I did move around some files in between (drag and drop), but they were .mp3s and not "core" windows file.

I guess, I'm just really curious; Is it possible to create a virus or for your windows to get corrupted and subsequently damage your physical hardware? Can, abstract, immaterial "information", in this case corrupt, damage "physical" hardware??

Somewhat of a brain **** to be, being a scientist and all, that something immaterial such as information could damage physical components, but I guess that's Quantum mechanics for you.
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Viruses can't be made to damage hardware, viruses can only damage software.

I really doubt you can mess up hardware with overclocking instability besides pushing too many volts through it or the extra strain causing some other type of failure like a PSU.

You can however corrupt your operating system drive certain files at least and possibly need a repair. Backup drives probably not as long as the data wasn't being accessed at the time. It's from the computer just dropping off and restarting which is why you don't hold down the power button.
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Viruses can't be made to damage hardware, viruses can only damage software.

I really doubt you can mess up hardware with overclocking instability besides pushing too many volts through it or the extra strain causing some other type of failure like a PSU.

You can however corrupt your operating system drive certain files at least and possibly need a repair. Backup drives probably not as long as the data wasn't being accessed at the time. It's from the computer just dropping off and restarting which is why you don't hold down the power button.
Not necessary true - the program(virus) can call repeated read write to specific locations on a drive increasing wear and heat. Yes, the virus would need to replace the storage driver.
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I have had a lot of failed overclocking attempts in my day and never once did it corrupt my os.
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Unstable RAM + operation with a lot of writing to hard drive = whoop dee doo
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Viruses can't be made to damage hardware, viruses can only damage software.

I really doubt you can mess up hardware with overclocking instability besides pushing too many volts through it or the extra strain causing some other type of failure like a PSU.

You can however corrupt your operating system drive certain files at least and possibly need a repair. Backup drives probably not as long as the data wasn't being accessed at the time. It's from the computer just dropping off and restarting which is why you don't hold down the power button.
what if some one made a virus that flashes your bios with some funky messed up piece of software that cooks the board on reboot?
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what if some one made a virus that flashes your bios with some funky messed up piece of software that cooks the board on reboot?
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Not necessary true - the program(virus) can call repeated read write to specific locations on a drive increasing wear and heat. Yes, the virus would need to replace the storage driver.

o.k. maybe it's phrased a bit incorrectly but this is all software related.

There is a lot of security to prevent this kind of thing, there have been viruses to write to the bios but they are all pretty old.

I have seen a lot of infected computers and it's never destroyed hardware if it was so easily done it would be for giggles.
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This thread needs that tabloid article that claims your PC can explode like a grenade at the hands of hackers.

I don't have it, unfortunately.
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