My powerbook froze up yesterday and I was forced to shut it down. Upon restarting it, I received the flashing question mark folder. I restarted again holding down the option key. When the blue screen came up to select destination the hard drive icon was missing. I am attempting to reinstall the startup OSX disk but have ended up at a dead end, there is no destination for the program to go. I am beginning to really worry now, does this mean my hard drive is gone. If I purchase a new computer will there be a way to retrieve what was on my powerbook? Is this an issue that can be resolved inexpensively?