So while using the macbook yesterday, the beachball started spinning, the fans fired up and the computer refused to do anything at all. I tried force quitting to no avail and eventually had to hard power down (hold power button). When you try and turn the computer on it just goes to the flashing question mark file folder after a minute or so. It also makes a funny click 3 times when you turn the computer on. I tried resetting the PRAM (didn't ever get the second chime), resetting the SMC (remove batter and hold down power button 5s), and tried starting in target disk mode to see if I could read the HD from another computer (no go). I was able to start the macbook using my other computer as target disk mode and was not able to find the macbook internal drive upon starting up. Anyone experience this problem and have any insight as to failure mode (is this recoverable with software or must be sent to data recovery)? Will freezing the drive have any chance of success? Worth trying or should I just send it out (don't want to damage the drive further but I would freeze in zip-loc with desiccant if I did it). Anyone have any experience with data recovery companies (preferably east coast) that are reasonably priced and competant? I was looking at aerodr (flat fee $289). Thanks for the help.