Ok first off, long time MacRumors reader, finally joined the forum now in search of some aid. There are some other threads on a similar topic I know, but I was hoping for some help with my situation specifically. So, the Hard drive in question is a Western Digital 5400rpm 320gig purchased from Amazon about 8 months ago, now the Hard drive has decided to die. I saw some early signs, but did not realise that the drive was in that bad of a condition at the time. Now, when attempting to boot into Mac OS X I get stuck at the Apple logo, with the little wheel spinning infinitely. I had a boot camp partition which worked, but could not help me and is no longer an option either. I tried using the Leopard boot disk, but Disk utility didnt do anything for me in terms of recovery or repair, I attempted to use the terminal to make an Image of the drive on an external, but it fails about 10% through, I'm assuming from corrupted data. I removed the drive from the computer (MacBook, 2007) and connected it to my new Mac (MacBook Pro 15, took the plunge early as I needed a computer for my IB work) via an external firewire/usb box. The drive mounts on the Mac for about a minute before problems arise. SuperDuper! didnt help, neither did Carbon Copy Cloner. I can successfully mount the drive in Ubuntu Linux, but then when attempting to access my users files, I get some errors involving the permissions, and have no access. Curiously, I managed to copy my applications, but they all fail to launch on my new mac, I'm assuming they're corrupted, but the Package Contents dont show any corrupted files... So, unfortunately I do not have access to professional help, so I am asking for any advice (I've noticed the drives condition deteriorating slowly, so am reluctant to start it until I have a viable solution), in any other software I could try, I have heard of Disk Warrior, and am now looking into that. Otherwise, if anyone has any tips on how to edit the permissions in Linux I would be grateful. Lastly, I am not completely adept in the Terminal, but if anyone could help me in understanding how to copy files using it it may just solve my problems, I do not know the command for listing structures and directories of my drive, and the copy function doesn't help me to copy an entire folder in my users Desktop directory, I am confident I can follow instructions with a bit of info on some commands if anyone can help.. Once again Thanks in advance for any advice or information on other software that I could use.