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Can one tell if SMART data has been reset on a Hard Drive

GeezerMan

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I have read that there are ways to clear the SMART data on a drive. There is some chat that perhaps some sellers of new surplus drives are really selling used drives with wiped data.

Is there a way of seeing the real data on a drive, even if it has been reset, things such as power on time?

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UsandThem

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I'm not sure there's a sure way to prove they reset it, but from my understanding it is a fairly common thing from sellers who label them as "pulls" and such:

https://forums.servethehome.com/index.php?threads/goharddrive-retailer-amazon-ebay-possibly-forging-smart-data-selling-used-hdds-as-new.4507/

There's another thread in this sub-forum where the same thing happened from a huge seller of drives on eBay. I'll find it later and link to it when I'm on a computer instead of mobile.

Edit, found it:

https://forums.anandtech.com/threads/am-i-being-too-paranoid-about-a-hdd-being-shipped-poorly.2484433/
 

GeezerMan

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I remember reading a review of a drive on Amazon where a reviewer was pretty much in the know on SMART data ins and outs.
Hard drives are a science all their own. Anyway, he had a way of checking the real hours, even if SMART data had been reset.
 

UsandThem

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I remember reading a review of a drive on Amazon where a reviewer was pretty much in the know on SMART data ins and outs.
Hard drives are a science all their own. Anyway, he had a way of checking the real hours, even if SMART data had been reset.
There very well might be a way/utility to tell you that sort of thing, I just haven't come across it and I just linked to what I am aware of. Hopefully somebody here who has more experience in buying used hard drives might know of a way.
 

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