Hard drive Failure


macrumors member
Original poster
Mar 3, 2006
Sheffield, England
Hi All

I think my hard drive is a goner! It makes a very strange noise and won't mount.

It's only a few months old so I'm going to take it back to the Apple store and get another one.

Quick question, I have all my movies on there that I ripped from my personal collection, can I get in trouble for having all my ripped movies on there?

I own every single DVD that is on there.

I know that may sound like a stupid question, but I don't really know it it's within my rights to have a digital copy of my DVD's.

Thanks. in advance.


macrumors 65816
Sep 19, 2005
South of the border
Depends on your local copyright law. Here in NZ it's technically illegal to copy just about anything for anything other than research purposes.

But I wouldn't worry about it. Chasing these kinds of cases is worth less than the industry would gain from it. Copying for distribution is another matter.

Sun Baked

macrumors G5
May 19, 2002
HDs aren't as reliable as they used to be, because the "quiet mechanisms" are more fragile than the rock tumblers of the old days -- and the high heat and stale enclosures cook the drives.

Because of the high number of HD failures, it's up to the customer to make backups, while Apple just tosses your old drive.

Basically, if the drive is dead -- Apple won't care what is on the drive -- because they don't save data off a dead drive.


Moderator emeritus
Jul 19, 2002
Regular-John said:
But out of interest, would they report something like that if they could retrieve the data?
Why would they even try to retreave the data?

IMHO, they would waste their time to try and see what is on a failed HD. Nor would they try and recover the data.