God, I feel like such a Mac noob right now. But I desperately need your advice. Backstory: Yesterday, at around 6pm ish, I'm flicking thru Coverflow in iTunes on my MBP, looking for any albums w/o cover art and then looking up that album using Google images to get high quality art (since iTunes couldn't find cover art for all my albums). A couple albums in, I get the spinning wheel of death while "Getting Info" on a whole album. So I'm like "Meh" and wait it out. 30 seconds in, I hear an awful "klunkin" from the left frontmost side of my MBP (where the HDD is). I'm like "Oh my God, it's too early for this", and freak out and hold down the power button till it force shuts down. So then, I leave it off for like 1 hour while I'm freaking out left and right and planning what else I need to back up ASAP (since I'm a moron and only back up "My Documents" folder weekly). So I turn it on after an hour, and at this point, I'm kinda iffy about if this really means a hard drive failure is imminent. So it loads up find into OS X. I surf the web for a bit. Do other things. Then, I use my white 60gb 4G iPod (the only real backup device I have) and the program "iBackup" to start backing up alot of things (not movies, videos, or music since I can pull that off my other iPod using iPod to computer programs). 30 minutes into it backing up, I first hear this "beep" that I could have SWORN came from the HDD area and not the speakers as I had no program open that would make that sound, followed by a horrible screeching sound from the HDD. So I'm like "Oh sh*t" and proceed to force shut it down again. This time, I leave it off for the night and go to sleep, telling myself I'm gonna call Applecare in the morning and request service. So I make it to work in the moring, take out my MBP, put in the OS X install disc, boot from the disk, and verify and run repairs on the MBP's hard disk. It failed the verification, but after repair, it said "Repair Successful". So I should be able to back up to my white iPod now right? WRONG. I still can't. It makes the horrible screeching sound I can't bear to let go on so I force shut down again. It's almost like it just makes this sound when I start to copy a massive amount of data to another disk, not regular usage (like checking in folders, or browsing the net). So I get on the phone, talk to Applecare, he says they are gonna ship out a box but that I should backup. I tell him my situation and that I have been trying (albeit late in the game). He tells me I should find a friend with a Mac and boot my laptop into target disk mode (which I didn't know of before). So now my question for you is this...Today, like in 2 hours, I'm gonna go to Compusa and buy this (http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=338831&pfp=browse&tabtype=rv#review). I'm also gonna buy a Firewire cable so I can hook my MBP up to my friends MB. But beyond that, what should I use? Ideally, I want to be able to get my MBP back from Apple with the new HDD and hook up the external to it and seamlessly get it as identical to my old HDD as possible. I take it I should make a bootable disk image right? With that, will I be able to tell the new HDD in my Mac to take all that info and just reproduce it? Will the backup program "SuperDuper" be able to do this for me easily? Using "SuperDuper", will i be able to hook up my Mac in target disk mode to my friends MB, and then hook up the 500gb external HDD to his MB, and just siphon an image from my laptop, thru his laptop, and into the external HDD? Do you think this will still cause the horrible "screeching" sound? Thank you so much for your advice!