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Hard Drive Troubleshooting

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August 27, 2011 5:33:53 PM

My main pc's hard drive is predictably going to die in a short time and I need to replace the hard drive. The new hard drive when I tried to fit in in my case was banged slightly to the metal parts of the case, not other parts of the pc. The real question is, can a hard drive get damaged when banged even if it is off?

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thanks to everyone for contributing
August 27, 2011 5:45:49 PM

it can be damaged, but you have to hit it pretty good. just a knock or two from installing/removing from a case should be fine. dropping it on the floor is a different thing :) 
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August 27, 2011 5:48:06 PM

I wouldn't worry to much about a slight "bang" on the case. They are designed to absorb a certain amount of shock until there is a potential of damage. I've seen users drop their hard drive off the desk or while carrying it without harm.
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