Hi all.

First i'd like to thank all those who have contributed to smartmon tools. I'm a long time user and now it's paying off.

Model Family:     Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 series
Device Model:     HTS541060G9AT00

The drive has encountered 4 bad sectors of which I was warned about. Did some googling to find out how to get the drive to map bad sectors to good ones. dd is the tool for that one. What I did was trying to read offending sector. That resulted to read error. That confirmed to me that I had identified the correct spot on the drive. Next what I did was to write that sector with zeros (from /dev/zero). After that I was able to read the same sector without read errors. Everything OK so far. Looking at SMART stats shows Current_Pending_Sector decreased by one. Yet Reallocated_Sector_Ct has not increased. I went to do long surface scan just to be sure that the values get updated. I thought that attribute should increase everytime there is a sector being remapped. Is this normal behaviour?

The drive is not my personal, but my work laptop. I'd rather get the drive replaced, but if I continue remapping and drive reports no reallocated sectors and has no sectors pending reallocation, I don't think I have much chance of a replacement drive because I have no evidence to show that the drive is going bad (except old errors).

What is the general experience on having sectors remapped and continuing to use the drive, for example in situations where the bad sectors are most likely a result of a shock? "Remap the sectors and don't worry" or "it will fail again in the future, better replace it"?

Last but not least: Is there a (windows) tool to identify what file occupies certain sector on NTFS drive?