I recently responded to an incident of supposed malware infection. The symptoms were simply, "My computer freezes at random times." The response ended with replacement of the physical hard drive and re-imaging the machine.
Later, I forensically imaged the 'broken' hard drive and have ran several malware detection scans with no hits (just two simple tracking cookies). I'm not much of a hardware guy but it does seem the physical HDD was just worn out (it is over 6 years old).
This experience leads me to the question of whether a virus or other malware can physically damage a hard drive. I know of Stuxnet but am unaware of - shall we say - consumer grade malware. Can anyone point me to resources that explain the feasibility and challenges involved with physically damaging a hard drive from malware?