This past week, I’ve had the fortunate(?) chance to try out some data recovery software on a malfunctioning hard drive. My MacBook Pro took a beating during transport and the hard drive performance started deteriorating until it would load no more.
At first, it was taking a whole minute to load anything after I clicked anywhere on any application. So I restarted the computer to find that it would not load beyond the Snow Leopard “Universe” background (no login window). Then after the second restart, It would not load beyond the “grey apple with wheel” screen. “Oh oh”, I thought, “my last back up was two months ago… and it was only the work files”. My personal music, photos, and my tax return was not backed up.