Greetings fellow MacBook users, My MacBook Pro (15" screen, late 2008 model) with a 250 GB internal hard drive recently crashed. I was surfing the web when the screen froze. Then, I waited a while to see if it would recover but the computer became very warm and so I manually shut it down. Upon restarting, the computer would not proceed past a gray screen with a spinning circle. After bringing it to the Apple store, I was told that my hard drive is failing and it will not boot, and that there are i/o errors in the logs. My main concern is getting the data recovered, as I unfortunately did not have a back-up in place. While I learned my lesson and will be buying an external HD to prevent this in the future, I still need to find an affordable way to recover my data. If anyone has any ideas of what could have happened or how to resolve this problem, I would greatly appreciate the help. Thanks!