Hello there, so i just built a new computer using a cooler master 430 case.
What happened was that there are these little stoppers underneath right?
My desktop table is a small one, so as i was trying to push the desktop further from the wall to give it more "fan space" i accidentally pushed the two little front stoppers off the table causing the bottom of the case to hit the table. Sounded painful =\ as its a brand new computer with really good specs.
Will doing this by accident cause any damage to the system?
I'm sure it was jarring to you and probably made a lot of noise because of the large flat surfaces on the case. I doubt that damage was done if it was not running. If it was running, there is a risk that the the read/write head could touch a spinning platter. However that's a small drop - about an inch?
This does make me think of one issue however. Today's heat sinks seem monstrous compared to what was common a few years ago. That seems like a lot of weight to hang cantilevered off the motherboard. I wonder if that leaves the mobo susceptible to damage. I still don't think that will be an issue for you, but I wonder if it could cause damage over the long run from the constant stress and fan vibration.
Hank, that's why you use backing plates on the coolers. But that is a good thing to check.
jrunes, like 55 said, it probably sounded worse than it was. Try to do a complete r/w surface scan of the hard drive. Keep in mind that if you find something wrong that it is not necessarily because of the bump.