Failure

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

failureA failure is a term used to describe an issue with the computer or a device that prevents it from functioning properly. For example, when a hard drive fails (hardware failure), it prevents the computer from booting and prevents it from working again until it is replaced.

Note: Although a failure is typically associated with hardware, any problems with software may also be referred to as a software failure. With a software failure, you'll usually encounter an error to indicate the type of problem.

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