Writting Zeros to a hard drive??

I had a drive that all of a sudden at 3 years old came up with a fatal system error. I could not boot into anything. I did a test with the western digital utility, the short test had errors and prescribed a long test. The long test failed to fix the problems and said replace the drive. I had a friend that said to write zeros to the drive and test again. I wrote zeros to the drive and after that it passed the WD test. The question I have, is this a reliable drive? I think not. Thanks
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    I don't know if I'd feel comfortable using it. Use HD Tune or something that can read the SMART values and see if anything turns up there.
  2. Thanks, I took your advice.
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