I was recently told that the internal HDD in my laptop is failing. The unit is only about 3 years old (I think, I bought it used but I'm pretty sure it was almost new when I purchased it ), but in the past month I've been using it a lot for downloading movies, and I sometimes leave it on for several days in a row. It has a 12" desktop fan (about 2 feet away) blowing on it at all times that it is on, and it sits on a base with an internal, upward-blowing fan as well. Does running for long periods of time stress a laptop HDD more than a desktop HDD?
Also, in the past week or so, Windows froze repeatedly on me, and the only way I could shut down was to use the power button held down for several seconds until the unit powered down. Could this have stressed the HDD as well?
Edited by PGHinBKK, 20 July 2015 - 10:53 PM.