1. Joined : Jul 2016
    Posts : 18
    Windows 10 Pro
       2 Weeks Ago #1

    Frequently reinstalling OS damage your machine?

    As titlle said. Does frequently reinstalling an operating system damage your machine? Especially your hard drive.
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  2. Joined : Jun 2016
    Posts : 22
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (10.0, Build 14393)
       2 Weeks Ago #2

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  3. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 16
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit Build 14393
       1 Week Ago #3

    Answer no. It won't damage.
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  4. Joined : Aug 2016
    S/E England
    Posts : 1,155
    10 Home x64 (1607), Pro x86 (1511 & 1607)
       1 Week Ago #4

    The hard drive is going to get a little exercise, but not much more than running the OS would give it anyway. If it's an SSD rather than an HDD then there's only a limited number of times you can write data, but the lifetime is measured in Terabytes or Petabytes - a few reinstalls are just a drop in the ocean. The SSD Endurance Experiment: Two freaking petabytes - The Tech Report - Page 1

    No, the main risk of damage is to your sanity, especially if you're reinstalling under duress because the system keep falling over

    As a matter of interest @Peyote why do you feel you might need to do a regular reinstall? I have a machine I regularly reinstall or restore a system image to, but that's for test and/or support purposes. What's your reason?
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  5. Joined : Jul 2016
    Posts : 18
    Windows 10 Pro
       1 Week Ago #5

    Hey @Bree thanks for the explanation. I work with 2-3 OS in one machine. Well sometimes i'd something wrong and got an error that cant be fixed without reinstalling it, since i got multiple OS in one machine its often for me to accidently overwrite the other OS (Windows) when reinstalling the OS (linux). Sorry for my english, i cant explain this more specific. And thanks again, cheers.
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  6. Joined : Aug 2016
    S/E England
    Posts : 1,155
    10 Home x64 (1607), Pro x86 (1511 & 1607)
       1 Week Ago #6

    @Peyote, I understand you fine. My test/support PC has 3 OS too. I reimage it each time I want to switch OS to get a clean system to work on, it's quicker than reinstalling each time.
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  7. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 301
    Windows 10 Pro
       1 Week Ago #7

    It won't cause any damage. I guess my question would be why you are reinstalling the OS so often. It might be better to use a virtual machine if you are doing a lot of testing.
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