I recently sent my computer into applecare to fix because it stopped working and they found water damage on the logic board so the warranty was immediately void. I asked them if they could save my hard drive and they said there was no guarantee but I can take it to my local apple store and they can back it up for $150. I am a design student and havn't backed up my computers data in a few months, but they stuff I have done since then is very very important to me. The applecare people didn't mention anything about my hard drive being damaged so I am hoping it is still working. My question is if I can backup the HD myself even though the computer wont even turn on? I have an external HD and access to macs at my school. Bonus Question: Is it cheaper to repair my mac by taking it to someone myself instead of sending it in? As a student I don't exactly have the $750 that they want to repair my computer lying around. Cheers!