Hi guys, got a 500gb western digital hard drive. Was playing hl2 and pc froze - restarted windows and the drive had gone. Restarted and bios showed s.m.a.r.t error for the drive. I restarted and luckily the drive was back so I started to backup all the data - this took about 5 days as errors, 1/0 errors and also the drive just not being seen by the pc.
During this time the pc was very sluggish on a fairly fresh install of xp pro sp2. I decided to run the western digital diagnostic tool - when the drive actually showed up on the program. The drive had too many bad sectors to complete - I rang to get an rma from scan.
I thought I would format the drive to clear all my info and ran dban which however would not run due the drive having bad sectors etc. I formatted the drive to a Linux format (windows would error on trying to format to ntfs). Once back in windows partition magic would format back to ntfs so I did/
Now I just decided to run the western digital tool again and at the moment it seems to be fine, the drive only got 8 hours into the test the first time – I’ve already passed 20 hours now. Was it possible that the drive was never bad and I’ll have to cancel the rma, or is it likely to go bad again?