OH MY GOSH, Okay. I am so mad right now. So I am doing some school project right, and iTunes is playing and everything. Then the music stops just immediately and I get a spinning wheel and I save my document (which takes about 30 seconds). So I get worried, and I go to my hard drive, open applications (which then lags about 30 seconds more) to go to Disk Utility to check the "SMART" status of my drive. Says "Verified" So I think okay, things SHOULD be okay. So then, I restart... try and fix some things. I adjust my power settings like "Sleep hard drives whenever possible" (Which I thought was checked already, wtf?) So I restarted about a total of 3 times today. I would get to the sign in screen, put in my password and it would take 30 seconds again to load. I get so worried. I'm trying to figure out what's wrong and so I disable anything that might be causing problems. I restart once more. This time, the computer shuts down. I think "OH S**T" I try to start it up. Makes some noises, screen lights on, hard drive spins up, hard drive spins down (in a never ending cycle). So I think "Grrrreat wtf am I gonna do now?" I look for my CD's to see fi they will help, well obviously they won't if it is a hardware error. So, I find the hardware test disk and boot from it. When it got to "Mass storage" I got this error basically saying the hard drive is dead. I am just so worried because my 1 year warrant JUST ran out. And to add to this, I live in Canada so I would have to ship it off it I wanted to get Apple to fix it. I could try the reseller which lives 15 minutes away from me (thank GOODNESS) There were NO symptoms to this previously so I have no back up. I am wondering: I don't REALLY need the info off the drive, but CAN it be retrieved? Also, do I have to replace the hard drive or can I just buy an external FW 400 drive and boot off of that? Guys, please help me out... I am sooooo freaked out right now - first time soemthign has ever gone wrong with a computer of mine. I'm only like 16 so I'm tight on money. Saving up for this thing took all summer (last year) and I think Apple is GREAT and read all these stories about things happening to other people and I hope "Hopefully this doesn't happen to me" Now it has, and I am just so frustrated. Someone just help me out so I can relieve some steam.