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My Seagate HDD is not working properly, connecting it via usb, it gives me this error:

Error mounting /dev/sdb1 at /media/sourabh/650BA44F641EEB54: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o "uhelper=udisks2,nodev,nosuid,uid=1000,gid=1000,dmask=0077,fmask=0177" "/dev/sdb1" "/media/sourabh/650BA44F641EEB54"' exited with non-zero exit status 13: The disk contains an unclean file system (0, 0).
The file system wasn't safely closed on Windows. Fixing.
ntfs_attr_pread_i: ntfs_pread failed: Input/output error
Failed to read NTFS $Bitmap: Input/output error
NTFS is either inconsistent, or there is a hardware fault, or it's a
SoftRAID/FakeRAID hardware. In the first case run chkdsk /f on Windows
then reboot into Windows twice. The usage of the /f parameter is very
important! If the device is a SoftRAID/FakeRAID then first activate
it and mount a different device under the /dev/mapper/ directory, (e.g.
/dev/mapper/nvidia_eahaabcc1). Please see the 'dmraid' documentation
for more details.
Failed to sync device /dev/sdb1: Input/output error
Failed to close volume /dev/sdb1: Input/output error


$ sudo parted /dev/sdb print
Error: /dev/sdb: unrecognised disk label

Here's a screenshot of GParted:

PS: The data on it is not important. I think there is some problem with the partition table,maybe? In that case, how can I rebuild the partition table?

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why don't you try chkdsk on windows and this. –  Avinash Raj Jan 24 '14 at 13:34
Windows stops responding as soon as I plug in my HDD. –  Sourabh Jan 24 '14 at 13:36
will sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=512 count=1 work? –  Sourabh Jan 24 '14 at 13:41
Looks like the drive is toast. Check the output of dmesg for more detailed errors. –  psusi Jan 24 '14 at 14:35
What should I look for? I get this. –  Sourabh Jan 24 '14 at 15:10

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