I recently had my first mac hard drive failure. The my MBP began hanging, the startups took over an hour. I ran Disk Utility from the SNow Leopard boot disk and repaired the drive (inc. permissions) but it still didnt work. Finally i tried to reinstall snow leopard but the install froze half way through. I bought a new HD and my MBP is up and running but I have a 1.25GB file (a set of flash cards from med school) I've been trying to get off the original Hitachi Drive. I bought a USB -> SATA connector and have been able to copy some files off but the drive ultimately locks up after a while of copying. It seems like the 1.25GB file locks up at various times and Im looking for a way to salvage the file. Any ideas?