Well, I think I've just experienced a HD failure with my MacBook 2.16 rev c. (April 2007). The drive is actually a 200gb Hitachi TravelStar 7,200rpm model which I installed about 6 months ago to replace the stock drive. Anyway, I used the MacBook this morning and all was fine, then returned to it this afternoon and it was completely frozen. Did a hard reset and tried booting, but all I got was fans powering up to the max followed by the question mark folder. Tried again, but now the drive just clicks away ominously and I continue to get the question mark. This is not a huge problem, as I've backed up most of the stuff on the drive. However, I now find that I can't boot from anything in order to use Disk Utility and check that the disk is indeed fried. I've tried booting from the original install disks that came with the MacBook, with a Leopard disk, and with my DiskWarrior disk (the newest version) - all of which just get spat out after a minute or so. And just to clarify: on startup, I've tried holding down 'C' or holding down 'option' to search for boot directories whilst using these disks. But nothing happens. I'm fairly sure there is no problem with my superdrive as I used it in the morning with no problems. So, any ideas what's happening here? It's my understanding that I should be able to boot from an install disk, etc. regardless of the state of the HD. Am I missing something? By not being able to boot from these disks does it suggest that the problem goes beyond the clicking HD? I'd really like to use Disk Utility to make sure the drive is actually dead before I purchase another one. Any help very gratefully received!