Hey everyone. I started up My MacBook and after awhile of it just sitting there, I noticed a faint clicking, which I knew to be the sound of a dead or dying hard drive, so I turned it off. Is there any way I can get my files off without resorting to spending hundreds of dollars on professional recovery? I'm a student and I just can't afford it. Unfortunately, my backup hard drive was recently stolen with almost all of my files backed up, so I can't rely on that. And these files were pictures from when I was younger, music that I had been making, my art portfolio. In other words, priceless stuff that I was going to back up again when I could afford to buy and new external drive. I've read that freezing a hard drive is very helpful to get it to start up for a few minutes, but since this is a laptop, freezing the hard drive alone isn't going to be possible. Would it be a bad idea to freeze the computer? Will it damage the hard drive more if I try to start it up and see if I can copy the files off? I know different failures have different sounds... this one is a faint clicking sound that happens every few seconds. Thanks everyone .