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Read errors on NTFS external hard drive

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http://askubuntu.com – Im having issues with my external hard drive (usb, called "Elements", machine PC123, user user123), while playing music or videos on it. When playing music, it usually skips 2 tracks in the playlist, and plays the next track which is on that same drive. Also, it can play the skipped tracks right after. So it's not a corrupted playlist with bad filenames. Here is part of the syslog http://sprunge.us/cJTM . Is there something I can do about it ? Is my external drive damaged/dying ? Even though I've always seen this happen with that drive (a year or so). Thanks (HowTos)