I want to reset the "worst" case of the SMART's read error rate (currently at 100/max). The reason is simple: I don't want to be hassled by (1) the "press F1 to continue" for the error message at startup and (2) the random messages of Windows 7 to backup because of a hard disk problem.
The disk is working fine for me for most purposes. I have no problem with the data on the hard disk, and I plan to continue using the hard disk until it dies, anyway.
Of course, I have considered getting a new hard disk, but for the time being, I would be grateful if I wouldn't be pestered by the messages.
The hard disk is an old Hitachi Travelstar 80gb IDE for the laptop, in case it's needed.
(Side question: Will the disk still be usable if I reformat?)