If you have to constantly switch off your PC because of a program failure, can this cause a HDD error such as a bad sector requiring reallocation? And if so, is there any way to prevent such occurances in the future (assuming you HAVE to use the app in question). I remember from years ago that you had to 'park' a HDD before powerdown - is this still the case?
In addition, if SMART is showing a reallocated sector count of 1, is there any way to reset this back to zero? I'm finding it difficult to get specifics on the SMART system, but I'm assuming it's some sort of flash memory within the HDD. Can FDISK (or another utility) go through the entire drive and test/reset every sector, even old reallocated ones?
My problem is this: Shutting SMART down is not possible through BIOS, as it still shows up whatever - enabled or disabled. I don't want to have a constant SMART failure at boot up if it's just one bad sector that may be recoverable through a format.
I know this is a lot for one post, and contains multiple points to answer, but they are all connected. Thanks in advance for any solutions/information you provide...