My WD5000 MyBook started this clicking and trying to spin up process. After reading some web posts, i bought a SATA to USB converter and hooked the drive directly to the USB port.. Sadly, the same thing happens with this controller. So it is obviously the drive itself.
Is there anything that can be done short of paying $1K to get the data recovered in a clean room? I don't think my data is worth that much, but some of it is irreplacable.