First of all I would like to point out how much of a fool I have been. There done. Now I beg you please stick with me on this one. The following report is quite long winded, but, I have done this for a reason! I am hoping the more I give to go on, the more likely someone is to make sense of my problem.. or maybe not? You decide... I am a slightly foolish owner of a 14month old 15" alu 1.25 Powerbook running Panther 10.3.7. I have been having a S.M.A.R.T Failure on my HD for almost a month. Occasionally after long periods (4+ hours) I will start to hear the HD clicking consistently and nothing will respond, everything will lock up, resulting in me having to power down using the power button Usually if I give the PB a rest period to cool down it will be alright. I had another crash. This time, after the crash it froze on startup (after the white screen, on the next screen when the progress bar is 'checking disks, initialising the system' etc.) Had to power down once again using the power button. I then used Apple's disk utility on the restore CD and found errors ( Unfortunately I forgot to write these down!) i did this about four times and then the message said something along the lines of 'appears to be ok' and restarted my PB. Loaded up fine as usual but still very slow. I think at this point I noticed that my usb pro mouse was no longer working, although it was still on (red light) so had to result to using my trackpad. I then got to the user login screen and logged into my account. As I did this I received a dialogue box saying: "There is a problem that prevents you from logging in at this time. Please contact your systems administrator for help" pressed OK and the PB continued to load up my user area. This is when I noticed the Dock, desktop appearance change. None of my work files where in my user folder. However everything else within the HD folder remained in tact, inc non-standard apps in the apps folder (apps that I had installed myself) Accidently I opened something to do with bluetooth. This is where I was told "No hardware for Bluetooth found on this computer" (As you probably well know Bluetooth came as standard on the PB, so it is there!) At this point I decided to run repair permissions from the disk utility and i am assuming at this point, resulted in some type of error message once it had completed: Verify Permissions For "disk0s9" Determining correct file permissions We are using special permissions for the file or directory ./system/library/ filesystems/cd9660.util. New permissions are 33261 Directory is missing ./Users/Shared Permissions differ on ./private/var/log/install.log , should be -rw-r--r-- , they are -rw-r----- Permissions differ on ./private/var/log/wtmp , should be -rw-r--r-- , they are -rw-r----- The privileges have been verified or repaired on the selected volume Permissions verification complete Also I noticed something weird in the console: console.log.6 Mac OSX Version 10.3.7 (Build 7s215) 2005-04-30 12:23:08 +0100 2005-04-30 12:28:55.553 Disk Utility  ***Assertion failure in -[NSMenuItem initWithTitle:action:keyEquivalent:] , Menus.subproj/ NSMenuItem.m:115 2005-04-30 12:28:55.553 Disk Utility Exception raised during posting of notification.Ignored.exception Invalid parameter not satisfying: aString !=nil By the way when I say start up is slow: it takes about 3minutes to load from powerup to desktop fully loaded. It takes roughly 20seconds from pressing the power button to receive the white screen. The white screen with Apple logo in the centre appears for 1 minute for 10 seconds there is just a blank blue screen. then the 'checking disks' box appears for 20 seconds From the log on screen to the desktop fully loaded takes another minute. From what I can gather in Disk Utility, around 30gig of my HD is used. That means that my files have to be still there, somewhere? I guess they might not be retrievable though? btw way.. did I not mention 'no backups made' , Hence what a fool I am! In my defence, just before the crash, I was looking on ebay for and external backup HD!. Oh what a mess. Please, anyone, if you can make sense of any of this... HELP ME! Kind regards - Chris.