Raptor with 48 bad sectors? DL Diag not working. Help!

Thanks in advance everyone.

My 74GB Raptor has graced my PC for years. After installing Windows 7 and cleaning up a bit, I felt a good HDD diagnosis was in order. I download the latest WD Diags from their website, and burn them to a disc. It states Caldera Dr. Dos is booting, but never does. It finally errors (sometimes) stating it can't read the .txt file and drops me to an A: Prompt. I know the file exists by doing a dir.

So I downloaded the Windows version diags. I try to run it and it errors out on the SATA cable. This is a known issue confirmed on many forums. So, I turn to google. I download HDTune, and it connects just fine. However, it produces the following data:

HD Tune Pro: WDC WD740GD-00FLA2 Health

ID Current Worst ThresholdData Status
(01) Raw Read Error Rate 200 182 51 0 ok
(03) Spin Up Time 117 116 21 4658 ok
(04) Start/Stop Count 97 97 40 3543 ok
(05) Reallocated Sector Count 197 197 140 48 warning
(07) Seek Error Rate 200 200 51 0 ok
(09) Power On Hours Count 66 66 0 25516 ok
(0A) Spin Retry Count 100 100 51 0 ok
(0B) Calibration Retry Count 100 100 51 0 ok
(0C) Power Cycle Count 98 98 0 2888 ok
(C2) Temperature 121 98 0 29 ok
(C4) Reallocated Event Count 193 193 0 7 warning
(C5) Current Pending Sector 200 200 0 0 ok
(C6) Offline Uncorrectable 200 200 0 0 ok
(C7) Ultra DMA CRC Error Count 200 253 0 5 warning
(C8) Write Error Rate 200 179 51 0 ok

Health Status : warning

I am thinking too many bad sectors. Time for another hard drive? If so, what would you recommend that is below $120. Again, thanks!

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 2X3GHZ
Asus Maximus Formula Motherboard. (Intel X38 Chipset)
4GB DDR2 G.Skill 1X4GB
BFGTech GeForce 8800GTS OC2
Audigy 2 ZS
BFGTech 550 Watt PSU, Modular
WD Raptor 74GB
WD 250GB SE16
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  1. Best answer
    The WD black drives are pretty nice.
    You can get a 1 TB drive for about $100.
  2. Forgot to mention, a CHKDSK /F does not produce any information concerning bad sectors. Is HDTune mis-reporting. Shouldn't the S.M.A.R.T. alert me?

    Again, any insight would be deeply appreciated.
  3. JT,

    Thanks a ton for commenting! Believe it or not, I was just looking at HDD prices and the performance thereof. The WD Black 1TB has my attention for sure. It out-performs the raptor 74gb, is fast and you can't beat the size/price ratio. ; )

    I wish I had ran HDTune earlier to see if the number of bad sectors is growing. But alas, I only have a log of one day so far. LOL...

    But does everyone agree that having 48 bad sectors=time to replace the drive? Again, any insight is deeply appreciated. Thanks!
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