HDD dying, conflicted results

Today I had my first actual problem with my second oldest HDD, a Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm model to be exact. (ST1000DM003-9YN162) I was transferring some files I found and one of them gave me an error when I tried to move it (not copy). Reading on some posts made by others, the general suggestion was to DL SeaTools for Windows and test it using that.

Crystal Disk Info 7.0.0 gives me:
05 Reallocated Sectors Count at 328
C5 Current Pending Sector count at 16
C6 Uncorrectable Sector count at 16

I did a SMART test with Seatools and it passed, I couldn't find the log file anywhere that would show the actual results though. Windows chkdsk also passes with 0's in bad file records or sectors.

Short DST failed with code EC95C6EC
Short Generic test passed
At the moment I'm doing a long Generic test, I'll report when it passes or fails.

In anycase I should be buying a new HDD soon as it seems that the day of reckoning for this drive is nearing. I have 2 other HDD's working fine so losing this won't be a big deal, backups have been made a while ago.

Also how can I get rid of the files? A sledgehammer is probably the safest option, but are there any tools in windows that I could use to erase the drive?
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  1. Can you post screenshot from HDtune health?

    For erasing drive contents use Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN):

  2. Windows error checking in drive properties also passed scanning the bad sectors.
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    Well - hard drives usually have so called "spare sectors".
    When unreadable sector is detected, it is marked as pending.
    When pending sector is overwritten, it becomes relocated or pending status is cleared (depending on success of rewrite operation).
    Relocated means - that sector is relocated to spare area.

    So - theoretically bad blocks would start appearing only after all spare area is exhausted.
    But that's very simplified explanation.

    Your drive still has plenty of spare sectors left. But keep an eye on relocated sectors count.
    If it increases, you should replace the drive.
  4. Fair enough, what kind of numbers should I look for?
  5. It's hard to tell the exact value for those numbers. Each drive has them completely different.
    When relocated sectors Worst decreases to value of Threshold, that means spare area is exhausted.

    If that happens, you'll be warned about imminent drive failure and recommendation to backup and replace,
    when starting your PC and also when logging into windows.

    But that doesn't mean, that drive can't die even sooner.
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