Two WD Blacks had SMART errors with only a few months left on the warranty (thank god for the 5yr warranty!). The 3tb Black had serious failure and had to be re-initialized, thus losing all data. WD sent a replacement after receiving it, so all good there.
The 2tb black had a “current pending sector count” issue reported. I googled it and the results said the drive was about to fail, backup and replace. So I RMA’d it, choosing to get the replacement before sending my defective drive so i could copy everything across. I did that, then formatted the old one and zeroed it out. After this, there are no issues reported, and a sector-by-sector scan reveals no issues. So is the drive actually perfectly fine and I won’t get the RMA approved? Or was the initial SMART errors a warning of it about to fail?