I was trying to reinstall Windows 7 on an SSD drive from another computer. After two days of BSODs, failed updates, and the like, I was forced to consider whether the hard drive was actually corrupted. There appears to be no end to the BSODs and failed updates, and the best advice from the online world could not really abate it. It only became less frequent. Many of the failed updates were traced to corrupt files, but not all of them. And worse, invoking the Windows Update Readiness “tool” only turned a couple of the failed updates into installed updates.
I don’t know if there is something to be said about the handling of hardware adding to the shortening of its life. It may be so, although, if one is properly careful with hardware, this shouldn’t be an issue either.