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 for hard boot
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  hard boot
      See boot.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  hard boot
      A boot which resets the entire system.
     The phrase has connations of hostility toward, or frustration
     with, the computer being booted.  For example, "I'll have to
     hard boot this losing Sun", or "I recommend booting it
     Hard boots are often performed with a power cycle.
     Contrast soft boot.  See also cold boot and reboot
     [{Jargon File]

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