Updated: 12/29/2017 by Computer Hope

damage definitionDamage may refer to any of the following:

1. In general, damage refers to anything that causes harm to something or someone. Below are different examples of how damage may occur to a computer. With the hardware examples, all examples listed in the damage section can cause a device to stop working and would require replacement. In the case of software, this type of damage may cause errors and data loss, which could be recovered if backups were made.

Hardware Software

ElectroStatic Discharge or ESD
Dropping the device, e.g., dropping a hard drive
Power surge or brownout

Data corruption
Overwritten data
Virus or other Malware

2. Short for damage, dmg is a term often used in gaming as an indication of how much damage was inflicted, or may be inflicted, on a person or thing in the game. For example, someone with 1,000 HP (hit points) is capable of taking 1,000 damage before dying.

Error, Game terms