|I'd be seriously disinclined to trust the drive for anything "serious"... for the reasons that LMiller7 has given you...; and drives are not that expensive nowadays for many of us... So better to invest in new drive; and one hopefully that will last a fair time too... And keep safe/secure copies of your personal files etc. on DVD (at least) and ideally another external HD too; and regularly check them and update accordingly too.|
Incidentally is this utility you used a true LLF or one that simply writes zeros to the drive?
A true LLF will render any modern drives useless from what I recall reading way back when... Often an LLF today refers to what was once called a mid-level format (MLF) and this simply overwrites the drive with zeros... Many drive manufacturers used to provide such a utility on their websites; Seagate/Maxtor being just one who had such a utility (if my little grey cells remember correctly). Was (still is) a convenient way to totally blank out (erase after a fashion) all data on the drive; but with a little know how and a few utilities (all legally around) usually that data can be recovered... So not the best method to use if disposing of a drive in one piece... (Safe/r way to really dispose of/destroy a drive... Smash the drive completely, and grind the bits into dust; or burn it after smashing, then grind it, then scatter over the ocean...)