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Does frequent partitioning and formatting spoil the Hard Disk?

Ive formatted my PC's Hard disk 5 times this month(Just trying to install Linux).
Ive got the correct partition of XP/Linux now.......and its running well........but did that cruelty affect the disk??

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Re: Does frequent partitioning and formatting spoil the Hard Disk? - Hard Drives

No it will be fine honestly :)

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