Hi there, Help sought with respect to a stubbonly dying hard drive: - Mid last year bought a 2.5" 500Gb seagate momentus (5400.6) at MSY to replace the aging hitachi HD in my MBP 2.16ghz. -Worked like a charm until it crashed (cant remember how) a few months later. Resurrected it by swapping back and booting off the hitachi then fixing it with DiskUtility. - a few months later crashed again. Tried to do the same technique but wouldn't work, so instead tried many of the safe mode attempts described here: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1417 alas no luck! probably made it worse with my meddling... So current situation is I'm back using my hitachi, have lost approx 5 months of data (yes I know I should have backed up later) and: The seagate HD mounts externally, but its directory has BIG problems - files disappear, many of folders you cant even access. You can't copy anything across (error -36), nor open files. - won't unmount unless you do this: http://forums.macosxhints.com/archive/index.php/t-4446.html - Have tried disk utility, disk warrior, drive genius, no avail. Disk warrior gives the (2153, 4903) error. Have tried to kill processes that may cause this issue, as outlined here: http://forum.soft32.com/mac/Dard-Disk-ftopict106433.html but to no avail - can't to get files using Data Rescue - have tried freezing the drive a couple of times (few hours, 1 day, 4 days...) Have been able to get to deeper into various folders post freezes but generally won't let me copy of open files. When I have been able to, the files are corrupted and unusable. So I am thinking my only options are to: - ditch the data and get a new drive (under warranty) - paying for data recovery ($$$$!) But as these arent great options, am thinking of erasing the directory using Disk Utility and then trying to recover data using data rescue. My belated questions are: - is this a good idea - will it make it harder to recover anything? - is there anything else I can do? (besides the two options above) Any advice great appreciated! thanks Michael.