I just have a quick question. Is it possible that the Toshiba SMART (the thing that predicts hard drive failures) wouldn't work if the drive is severely damaged? THEN work after I use stuff like HDD Regenerator to repair 755+ bad sectors?
As far as my understanding of SMART goes, I believe that it doesn't actually notice bad sectors until the drive tries to access them. Therefore, when you did the recovery and forced it to look at sectors it hadn't checked on in a while, it found that it was worse off than it thought.