First off, the specs are in my sig. Second off, this all started when I went to quit iPhoto and I got the beachball effect for a few minutes or so. Safari then wouldn't even load (more beachball) and then OS X's Menu Bar gave me the same thing when I rolled my mouse pointer over it. So I do a hard restart... The left side of my PowerBook (aka where the hard drive is) is making a weird noise. It sounds like the drive is accessing data, but rubbing against something at the same time. It just sounds like that, so I don't know what the deal is. Anyway, I sit at boot-up screen with the Apple logo and spinning dial for a while (probably around 10 minutes or so). I restart again... same thing. I restart for the third time and finally make it to my login window. I get the beachball effect for a few minutes again. It finally goes away, so I click on my name to enter my password. It begins to hang again and that's where it is now. It's been at the login screen for probably at least 10 minutes now. It definitely sounds like my hard drive is going. Besides backing some things up real quick (if I ever get into OS X), is there anything else you suggest I do? Please help... it's my only Mac and it's really beginning to scare me. I can't have this thing die on me. Thanks so much! Edit: By the way, I've had this thing for about 1.5 years if that helps. And no, it is not under warranty.