I’m stumped. I have an old SEAGATE 1 TB mechanical drive with one bad cluster on it. After partitioning around the bad sector I installed a copy of a Dell Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit o/s. It boots and runs fine except for one small problem — that annoying SMART warning. Now this hard drive works fine. It doesn’t click, it doesn’t hang. It runs smooth and would be perfect if it were not of this one single cluster. I wish there were some way of isolating this from SMART but if that isn’t an option I’m willing to disable SMART altogether given that this is only a secondary “throw together” unit for keeping a spare PC.
The BIOS is old. I don’t have UEFI options. To the best of my knowledge there is no place to disable SMART in the BIOS. Any practical suggestions outside of replacing the hard drive with a new mechanical hard drive would be appreciated. Thanks.