I'm not 100% sure if its normal for a new drive to show 65 raw read errors. Maybe someone else knows better. However at this point it's still in good condition as the value hasn't dropped from 100 (the initial value).
In the case of my 2Â½ year old Samsung F1 750Gb, there IS some correlation between "raw read error rate" and actual errors. Each time I run the Nero Express HDD Speed Test on it, the test comes up with "error", and the SMART's Raw Read Error data increases by 1. The test also creates a "disk" type event in event viewer, stating "Bad block in \\Device\\Harddisk0\\D".
My drive currently shows 204 raw read errors (it increases/decreases every now and then) and 12 pending sectors. The "value" field is still 100 but the "worst" field is at 88.
Edited by drevin - 1/1/11 at 7:57pm