I got a notification today that my drive was going to fail in 24 hours. The 'Reallocated_Sector_Ct' was already around 3000 and it has since risen to over the last few hours 4004. However, I turn my case on its side a few weeks ago, and tried turning it back upright. Since then, the 'Reallocated_Sector_Ct' hasn't risen, even though currently there's a lot of disk activity as I'm tar/zipping my important data to another drive.
I know having a hard disk not being able to read on it's side is a concern, but if placing the hard drive upright seems to fix the issue for the moment, at least I don't have to panic as much.
Is there a way I can run a retest on those "bad sectors", and remark them as good if they pass the test? I'd like to see how many "really" bad sectors there are after a retest with the box upright (of course I'll do this after my backup is complete).
I'm using Debian if that makes any difference.