We had a customer with a failing WD Black notebook drive. Performance was slow, system had trouble booting, SMART errors were detected. We managed to get the drive bootable by remapping sectors, and then imaged the drive using True Image 11.5 (backup MBR and Volumes, NOT sector-by-sector).
We RMA'd the drive, installed the new drive in the laptop, and restored the image (time was of the essence to getting the laptop back to the customer). The system booted great, diagnostics passed, we defragged the drive, and ran chkdsk /r. Everything looked good.
We re-ran the WD Data Lifeguard Utility. The drive passed, but when we looked at the SMART data, all of the values from the OLD drive were in the table. We tried uninstalling the utility, deleting all remnants from the drive and registry, rebooted, and ran the utility again, getting the same results.
So, three questions:
1) Is it possible that Acronis backed up and recovered the SMART data from the old drive?
2) Is there a way to reset the SMART values so the drive begins tracking actual values for the new drive?
3) If I wanted to spend the time, would writing 0's to the drive, reinstalling Windows and software, and restoring data files only get rid of the SMART values, or do I need to get another replacement drive from WD?
Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated!