On August 8th I left for a well deserved ten day vacation (working vacation mind you) so it was only natural that my Macbook hard drive died shortly before that. I am thankful that the drive didn't roll kick the bucket on the first day of the vacation. That would have forced an immediate return to Colombo and force me to lug my desktop (monitor and all) back with me! It all started when the Macbook suddenly froze up while I was browsing and wouldn't respond at all and had to be shutdown with a long press of the power button. When I tried to start it up again, a screen with a flashing folder + question mark icon popped. Immediately I knew this had to be a toasted hard drive. This was confirmed in 2 seconds by Google. The Webquarry) admin put the drive in the freezer and managed to recover quite a bit of the data. Much to my chagrin I found that I need not have bothered with any of this. The problem was with the contacts. The SATA connector appeared to have shaken itself lose. I discovered this after taking out the hard drive and putting it back in (with fingers firmly crossed of course) and it just worked!! So it was the new drive that went into the enclosure. Then I used superduper to clone the old drive into a partition on the new drive ( The old drive is only 80GB but the new one has 320GB). Then I swapped the drives and booted up with the new one. Thanks to superduper the process was painless.