Of all the times my hard drive could die on me... *sigh* It was sitting on my desk, and I noticed the fan started sounding a little noisier than usual. It was whirring in a way that it shouldn't have been. I was updating my resume and I did expose to switch to Safari, when the response time started to really slow down with that spinning color wheel. Eventually I did expose again and the color wheel came up but nothing was happening, I did force quit and nothing responded. I couldn't exit any programs or anything, I figured maybe it would pass. I went, got a drink, smoked a cigarette, 10 minutes later it's still stuck. Ok, I did a hard power down. (probably bad idea, but what else could I do?) Waited 2 minutes, powered the computer back on. Gets to the off white/grey apple screen with the rotating wheel for powering up, then hangs for about 2 minutes, then the black screen of doom telling me to reset my computer in 10 different languages comes up. I reset the computer again, this time the hard drive makes a sad little choke noise when it turns off. I turn on the drive again, and I hear a very loud *BREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP* coming clearly from the hard drive. My heart sank, and that's when I realized I'm as screwed as dropping the soap in a prison shower. This time the grey screen comes up, but there's no apple, there's no spinning wheel, there's just grey. And that's all that it ever gets to. I reset pram, nothing happened. I tried to boot from CD and I notice my hard drive isn't even mounted. Tried to mount, nothing happens, attempted to repair the drive, nothing happens. I don't have disk warrior unfortunately, but after about 5 repair attempts, nothing happens. I can't even format the damn thing. My computer is a 12" Powerbook G4 1 GHZ. Was there something I did wrong? It has never been dropped or anything drastic, I haven't even taken it out of the house in about a month. Of course, I didn't have Applecare *slap* I'm not complaining, I'm just disappointed or confused or angry, I'm not sure what. I had a lot of stuff on there, that's kind of gone now. Nothing vital, just some sentimental stuff. Being a somewhat very broke student has left me with very few options except to sit and admire my non functioning Powerbook. At least it still looks pretty Fortunately I can still use a very old running Athlon running Windows 2k with more spyware on it than the Chinese population, and two fans that makes as much noise as a Cape Canaveral shuttle launch. *edit* Here's a picture of the aftermath. I'm going to try to remove the 3rd party ram and see if that helps, thanks Mad Jew.