I have a 500GB WD Caviar Blue that suddenly started to go batcrap on me, and I'm basically wondering if it's dead now given the following:
- Windows couldn't delete one partition. It flutters about before it tells me a bad CRC error
- Linux could delete the entire drive of its formatting, but when I try to format it, it can't (either with FAT, NTFS, or one of the ext variants)
- I polled its SMART data, the only one that was a tale tale sign the drive is failing is the "Relocation event count" value was high.
Otherwise, the drive doesn't suffer from the click of death or any other mechanical issues, as far as I can hear.