Okay, here is the situation.
Knowing for a few months now there was an issue with my hard drive, I ignored it. Problem was from power outages, was getting the error on boot, over rode the setting in BIOS to ignore the issue. Knew should have just zeroed out the drive, but was lazy and now am screwed.
Now Ubuntu cannot read the hard drive, BIOS does, but shows it as 0mb. I have in the past did save hard drives by doing a zero fill via the manufactures software, this was way back when the software came on a floppy disk when you bought the hard drive.
The hard drive is partitioned off, 3 ext4 one being for ubuntu, another for android-x86 and the third for backup, the other is a ntfs for windows.
I really don't care about recovering the files, just want to be able to zero fill the drive to see if this would save it, either by using the dd if=/dev/sdx of=/zero or using the WD software provided on western digital's website. Yes know that a new HDD is needed, working on it, just would like to see if it can be done for knowledge reasons.
Can't quite figure out how to make a bootable USB stick, since I am not using windows and do not have access to a windows PC. Right now using Ubuntu installed on a USB stick, this link doesn't help since blkd isn't seeing the corrupted drive.
Tried a few partition programs, gparted, parted, gdisk, fdisk, testdisk, they are not seeing the drive. Installed FreeDos using netbootin and tried getting the manufacture software to work, but not really familiar with dos commands, pretty much forgot them all over the years. Netbootin also isn't letting me make a bootable USB stick, rufus is supposed to work, installing wine to see if it will let me do it.