My friend's 1st gen Air is not booting. I thought it was just the issues with 10.7.3. I booted to the recovery partition in Lion and missed the red hdd sitting there. I verified permissions and restarted... nothing. I went back and repaired the drive... nothing. Then I noticed the hdd was red. I clicked it and the SMART status says failing. My understanding is that you can't fix that and that it's a nice way of the hdd letting you know it's about to die. I would plug it in and put it in target disk mode... but there's no firewire/thunderbolt port on the Air. So what can I do to clone this drive over to another before it goes out completely? Where would I get a zif or pata connection for this kind of drive even if I could select it as the source for the clone when I connect it to my drive. Where could I suggest she get a replacement drive for the 1st gen air? I'll let her decide if fixing this is worth it or not but her data needs to be gotten off safely. And yes, I've preached "backup, backup, backup" but to no avail! THANK YOU for all the help.