1st post. I have a 2008 MBP running straight up leopard. Runs very fast, very few problems w it. But a year ago today I began having a problem- the computer would start, go to the white apple screen w the spinning wheel for ab 20 seconds, then shut off. The guy took it for a day, reinstalled leopard, and actually saved all of my data. He pretty much rocks Today I brought it in for the same exact problem. 100% the same. The guy tells me first off that he's gotta re-format the HD thus erasing my data. I said fine get on w it. Then he says the HD failed and I gotta buy a new one. The problem both today and a year ago were seemingly the same. Safeboot didnt work, booting from disk didnt work, fsck didnt do a thing etc. Why is it that a year ago a guy reinstalled the OS and saved my data, but today I gotta buy a new HD? Maybe I'm suspicious because the guy was disinterested and didnt listen to half what I said. Ahem, any ideas?