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Er, can a hard reset damage a computer?

Last response: in Systems
September 13, 2010 3:36:28 AM

My PC was just idling at the desktop and I had no idea that the tiny button on my antec 300 case was a reset button so I accidentally hard reset the computer. Is this harmful?
a b B Homebuilt system
September 13, 2010 3:53:18 AM

If you were idling, probably not. Doing that runs the risk of corrupting open files, but will not do physical damage.
September 13, 2010 4:00:49 AM

I heard somewhere that it can overvolt components?
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 13, 2010 4:09:58 AM

No, not unless you have a crappy PSU that doesn't respond well to quickly changing loads. Still, the drop in current demand from an idle state is not so severe as it might be if you were in the middle of a game.
Are you having problems with your PC? Hopefully someone can help. It might be me, except that it is after midnight here, and time for bed...
a b B Homebuilt system
September 15, 2010 11:38:59 PM

The only thing I'd be worried about is corrupting a hard drive, but you should be fine in terms of the usability of the components.