Where did you hear their is a "patch" for SMART errors ?
According to computerhope.com
Receiving S.M.A.R.T. status bad backup and replace error.
"Backup your information and contact the manufacturer of the computer or hard disk drive for replacement or additional help. In some very rare cases the S.M.A.R.T. implementation on your computer may have issues of its own and may need to be patched before replacing the hard drive."
This was a 14 month old Seagate Barracuda ST3500418AS. No Free support available from E-Machine and I have not checked Seagate yet.
Is the SMART function a feature of the Hard Drive or the motherboard?
I did replace the drive with a new Western Digital with no more errors.
I did download hddscan from hddscan.com and will post the results here.
After that I will probably reformat the drive and see if it is usable.