Hi, I have a laptop disk - 209 days into the warranty, smartctl showed that I had 1 reallocated sector and 728 sectors pending with 65843 raw_read_error_rate. I did not have a backup disk so I waited for almost a year - finally did the backups and then erased the disk for RMA (it’s under warranty)
To erase my data I ran ddrescue on all the bad sectors using the recovery-log then i erased all the good blocks and then i ran badblocks - 1 pass 1 pattern. I’m currently running the SMART extended test.
What I notice is that I have that old error 1 reallocated/remapped sector and a whole bunch of DMA erros recorded in SMART BUT the raw_read_error_rate has been 0’d and so has the pending sectors.
- Should I RMA this disk?
- If I RMA it what exactly are the guys likely to change/replace? Controller-board seems to be working, so is it likely they will swap the heads or change the platters - given that I only have 1 reallocated sector?
- A google doc says that once a drive generates bad sectors it’s toast mostly and will go on to fail. I’ve had my disk sitting on a shelf for the better part of a year waiting for a backup disk and time… (not an expert and I had to recover my data). Should I continue with this working disk or risk an RMA?