Several customers have asked for a faster way to determine disk health than chkdsk -r. Knowing disk health enables them to stop encryption on disks that would likely fail if they went through the process of full disk encryption. Querying the drive's SMART data is the fastest way we know to determine disk health. In fact, we are considering putting in such a check as native functionality in EEPC v6. Wouldn't it be cool if we could detect a bad drive and stop encryption before it died?!
In order for this check to be effective, we have to have some real world metrics on SMART data. The only way to get this data is to have customers harvest it for us and then share it. This forum is a good place to start such a process.