1.    10 Jan 2017 #1
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    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.    10 Jan 2017 #2
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    nope
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  3.    10 Jan 2017 #3
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    Answer no. It won't damage.
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  4.    10 Jan 2017 #4
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    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.    10 Jan 2017 #5
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    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.    10 Jan 2017 #6
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    @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.    10 Jan 2017 #7
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    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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