hard error

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hard error

[′härd ′er·ər]
(computer science)
Any error that results from malfunctioning of hardware, including storage devices and data transmission equipment.

hard error

(1) A permanent, unrecoverable error such as a disk read error or circuit malfunction. Contrast with soft error.

(2) A category of errors that requires user intervention, including disk read errors, disk not ready (no disk in drive) and printer not ready (out of paper).
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These effects are categorized into hard errors and soft errors.
In cosmic applications, light and heavy ions can influence the semiconductor memories' characteristics, causing both soft and hard errors.
Most enterprises perform tape backup, and will most likely continue to do so in the foreseeable future because it plays an important role in data archiving for legal and other purposes such as data warehousing, transporting data to a new location, and/or as a second line of defense against hard errors in addition to methods of disk-based backup, mirroring, and/or replication.
It looks for soft and hard errors on the hard disk, notes where the error occurs and how significant the problem is, and takes corrective action if necessary.
A comapny can choose its own criteria for how many transient, soft errors and hard errors it will allow, based on the expected environment and the reliability requirements for the equipment.