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Can a game/virus cause my hard drive to fail?

Last response: in Windows 7
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.

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a b $ Windows 7
April 25, 2012 9:06:56 PM

Hi :) 99% of cases a smart fail is a physical error....

All the best Brett :) 
April 26, 2012 8:43:45 AM

Best answer selected by Dervel.
a b $ Windows 7
April 26, 2012 9:10:32 AM

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