Hello, my girlfriend owns a mid 2009 Macbook Pro and was working on a college project in Photoshop when the computer froze. She proceeded to turn it off by holding the power button and when she attempted to start it back up, it would not even get past the white boot up screen (no Apple logo appears either). She took it to our college's "Academic Computing" department where they attempted to get her data off via FireWre Target Disk Mode but they were unable to do it. I tried it myself by connecting it to my Macbook Pro but it would not get past the large bouncing FireWire symbol. She took it to a nearby Apple certified store, Springboard, and they told her they opened up the laptop and that she had a hard drive failure and it would cost $1,800 to retrieve the data. Unfortunately she never did a back up so all of her projects, paid-for Itunes music, and photographs will be lost. It seems the only command her laptop responds to is when I attempt to reset the PRAM by holding COMMAND+OPTION+P+R. Single user mode does not work and neither does safe boot mode. I tried to put in a recovery disc and it spins the disc but now I can not eject it. Is there any other solution to this or will she either have to pay the data recovery amount or just get a new hard drive and not have her data? She's never dropped it before and it is relatively new, so I do not see how a program crash can destroy her hard drive.