|"low level formating over and over will cause a lot more stress than normal use"|
"same goes for defragmenting a hard drive"
yet you write
"I'm not talking about wearing out the surface I'm talking about wearing out the hard drive it self"
Might want to spend some time learning how drives work. Defragging/low level formats decreasing the MTBF [mean time before failure] is nonsense. You don't "wear out" something by it doing what it was designed to so.
How do you think manufactures get the MTBF ratings? They put the drives thru heck.
Writing 0's and 1's to a drive [low level format] or defragging a drive [simply rewrites the file contigous instead of fragmented] are no different operations than what happens when you use the system which is full of file reads and writes.
This is just a repeat of an internet myth that was started a long time ago. There are folks, to this day, who believe defragmentation is not necessary for system maintenance. They are like the "birthers".
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