Lately my Macbook had been running sluggish and requiring frequent reboots. Given the symptoms I figured the hard drive was about to go. The other day as I was doing work I had to restart and the computer would not come back. It was stuck on the grey Apple screen with the "progress bar" type thing spinning. After no luck in getting it to load I removed the hard drive and hooked it up to another Mac using a USB to SATA cable. When hooked up to the other Mac it would not show up as a mounted drive in the computer or desktop, however would show up in disk utility. The partition/volume is grayed out and clicking the mount button in disk utility would not do anything. I verified the drive and it returned with "Invalid volume header". I repaired the drive and after claiming it was successful there was no difference. I once again verified the drive and got the same error. When the drive is hooked up to the computer it seems to spin fine. I also tried making an image of the drive and it seemed to do so just fine until I ran out of hdd space to make the image on the drive in the Mac I had it hooked up to. I now have a new Western Digital drive in my Macbook but I NEED some of the data off the old drive - by Wednesday. I have downloaded demos of data recovery software and they will read the drive just fine with ease, however I can not access the files without paying $99 (Data Rescue II seemed to be the best). The urgency behind this is I am in grad school and have term papers coming up, being in grad school I also do not have $99. I Dj at a bar and lost much of my music too which is how I make most of my money. The questions I have are: 1) Given the nature of this do I need a recovery tool or is there any other way? 2) Are there any free/open source recovery tools? 3) If I can get an image onto the new hard drive, is there any way I can open up and browse within the DMG file? Please let me know what you think and if you have any recommendations. Thanks!