Yes. This is the worst thing a person can do. Not back up their data and then drop their out-of-warranty 2008 MBP killing its hard disk. At least I believe it's the HDD that is shot. I'll know more in morning after running diagnostics. My question is this: if a hard drive fails due to a drop (it was a pretty gentle drop, but not gentle enough), is it possible to recover the data on it? If yes, by what kinds of techniques? Any guidance is appreciated. My wife is freaking out (it's her MBP with all of her photos and music that she recorded on it). Thanks.