Hard drive wrecked by software, possible?
I have a 1996 IBM ThinkPad 760L, completely functional with IBM PC DOS 7.0 Rev 0 and Windows 3.11 for Workgroups (all English). A few days ago, I was playing a game (Operation: Inner Space) in the usual way when all of a sudden, it froze the notebook. I had to restart it and found that my hard disk died with an error code 174 (Hard drive failure). Now, today I received a spare hard disk which turned out to be the same model and size and my ThinkPad is back and running up again.
Is it possible indeed that a software, anything like a computer game or an enterprise application can damage the disk itself by any means? Now, I know the game in question is sometimes unstable but at most it crashed Windows and had to restart. But to destroy a hard disk? It left me wondering...