I have owned my laptop for about a year now and in that time have had to do a hard shutdown (via holding down the main power button on the laptop) about 10-20 times (maybe more - I don't really count). Usually it is because XP hangs whilst shutting down (I assume due to my Norton congifuation - since I disabled A drive scan/email scanning it's been mostly fine).
Anyway, I have been searching the net for a while now for information about the possible damage I am doing (presumably to my hard drive) duing a hard shutdown.
Does anyone have any information about this? Does each one take its toll on my hard disk and reduce it's lifespan? (btw, what is a ball park lifespan for a HD?)
Thanks for your help