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Currently, the "Hardware" tag is disabled:

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However, things such as "Hardware-failure" are allowed.

The reason the tag was closed (based on my research) is that it lead to quite a bit of shopping questions. Shopping questions should remain unallowed however there are plenty of valid uses for this: Example - Yes, the question is a duplicate however the best tag I could use for it was "Laptop", and that isn't a very good tag.

Again, this should only be used for hardware problems (not necessarily failures, just problems). The rule about no shopping would still apply.

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As mentioned the tag was not allowed because it's a meta tag. Can the hardware and software tags be obliterated?

these tags add nothing, and they are perilously close to meta-tags

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