Closed Can a game/virus cause my hard drive to fail? Tags: Virus Games Hard Drives Windows 7 Last response: April 26, 2012 9:10 AM in Windows 7 Share Dervel April 25, 2012 9:02:28 PM Hi all, I recently installed a game application which I believe may have contained viruses/malware. Later on I got a hard disk S.M.A.R.T. 301 error, and had to replace my disk... Just asking, but can applications cause the error I described above, and the hard drive to fail? Do they have anything to do with 301 error I got? Thanks a lot. More about : game virus hard drive fail Best solution Brett928S2 a b $ Windows 7 April 25, 2012 9:06:56 PM Hi NO...in 99% of cases a smart fail is a physical error.... All the best Brett Share Dervel April 26, 2012 8:43:45 AM Best answer selected by Dervel. Score 0 Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer nikorr a b $ Windows 7 April 26, 2012 9:10:32 AM This topic has been closed by Nikorr Score 0 Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedThird hard drive causing power to fail Forum SolvedDo you think this hard drive will fail on me? Forum SolvedA hard drive has reported that it might fail- Help backing up and transfering all my data. Forum Solvedhard drive fail after 3 wks Forum SolvedExt hard drive fail, now showing up as a CD drive. Forum SolvedWill an undervolting fail scramble the hard drive? Forum Solvedhard drive fail Forum Solvedhard Drive fail? Forum What is the best software to give me warning before hard drive fail or die so i can replace it. Do not want to use RAID Forum 1 Root Cause Hard Drive Failure? Forum SolvedCan a bad Hard Drive Cause Blue Screen? Forum Hard drive fail ? Forum SolvedCan Power Loss to Hard Drive Cause Mechanical Problems? Forum SolvedTwo hard drives fail in the EXACT same way within 1 hour of Use Forum SolvedHard Drive the cause of a slow computer? Forum Can bad hard drive cause system reboots? Unsure what is causing hard crashes Forum Can internal damage to a hard disk drive cause it to go undetected in the BIOS? Forum SolvedThis sound like a failing hard drive to you? Forum Can corrupt data cause hard drive failure? Forum SolvedReplacing Failed Hard Drive Forum More resources Read discussions in other Windows 7 categories Configuration Customization Drivers Security Laptops !