I am a college student and my powerbook was stolen this past monday, the theif took just the notebook. The story is long and drawn out but the theif is a friend of my roommates and I am working to get it back without involving the authorities (because I am afraid he will trash it somewhere on me). According to his friends he has wiped it clean with a borrowed copy of OS X and bought a power brick for it. I am going to the police this week if we cannot resolve this internally. If I need to contact Apple that it was stolen how can I do that? Is there a specific way to go about doing that? So that brings me to my current position... I have a 2 week old backup I can use to restore it and I thank god I actually made one when I did. I am probably going to take out a loan or use a credit card later this coming week to buy a macbook pro since I need one. I know now that I am going to set a firmware password on the motherboard at least on the new one, I also have been considering a password in the hard drives firmware itself should it support it. Then comes my next round of questions... Should I get it back, can I do a surface scan like on a PC (forensic scan to some) and recover data not zero'd out? What kind of software assists with that?