First off, I'm a linux noob, and when I look at all that code my eyes begin to glaze over!! Anyway, I've got a 500GB MyBook World (WD5000G032) with the blue lights that failed. It started dropping off the network and then eventually wouldn't come on at all after unplugging and plugging back up. So, I removed the drive, hooked it up to an XP system via SATA cable and tried to access the drive. It shows up in the bios, but not in device manager or disk management. WD DataLifeguard could see it and the SMART test passed, but the other test failed saying there were too many bad sectors to continue. I then tried Ubuntu live cd to access it. It didn't show up in Places, but did show up under the disk management utility. All I saw there were options to format, erase or partition (I think).
The latest thing to happen was the drive started spinning down completely while it was hooked up. The only way to restart it was to power it down and then plug it back up. It's not making any funny sounds so that's good I guess. (being hopeful!)
What should I do at this point? I've got some hugely important data that I need to get off. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!!!