Re: HDD Bad Sectors
If money is of no concern what so ever, then I guess you could ignore the Windows and Seagate utilities and go buy new drives. I wish all of my drives had raw values of zero for reallocated sectors in their S.M.A.R.T. data, but the fact is that some of them don't. And I don't want to get rid of them for that reason (not yet, anyway). For me (and this is for only me), I have chosen to monitor the S.M.A.R.T. data for new reallocated sectors myself and decide what to do about it myself. Some drives I check often (the ones already showing reallocated sectors), but I check all of them about quarterly. I keep the smartctl reports on each drive and compare new reports to the previous ones looking at the raw values, the normalized values, and the thresholds for each monitored attribute (the normalized value is sort of a score that lowers toward the threshold as the attribute's raw value gets worse). I also have smartd running and configured to notify me of new events. And so on.
So far, none of my drives, including ones with bad sectors, have changed since I have been doing this. Yet several of them will send Palimpsest into a messaging convulsion if I allow Palimpsest to run. For all I know, those drives left the factory that way. And so far, I have never had a drive go bad from too many reallocated sectors. For me, it has always been loud horrible frightening noise, but I always got the data off the drive the moment that started. So far, I have never lost any data of any kind ever.
Anyway, I guess everybody should do what they think is best, but I for one don't get too excited about what Palimpsest (or whatever the current incarnation of that is) says. I intend to continue using my drives as-is, continue monitoring the S.M.A.R.T. data with smartmontools utilities, and continue making weekly partition image backups (which in fact I did today). IMO, the backups to external drives spread the risk over multiple drives. I burn backups to DVDs about quarterly. I have a couple of thick notebooks full of those.
P.S.: My box of bad drives has fairly equal representation by Seagate, Maxtor, WD, Hitachi, and Samsung.