I did something stupid, like I am wont to at certain times of the day. I kept my 250 GB hard disk on one bed and my Mac on the other. I was burning some data from the drive onto a DVD and when I was trying to step over the wire connecting the drive to my FireWire port, my lazy leg hit the wire and the drive came crashing to the ground. Ouch. I could have sworn that I had raised my leg above the level of the wire but I don't know how it could still have come in the way.
Now the drive is making a lot of grinding noise when I connect it to the Mac and though the computer can see the two partitions on the drive, it does not mount either partition. I feared that I would only do more damage if I tried to use the drive so I disconnected it. LaCie will replace it for free (of course they don't need to know how exactly the drive crashed; I guess they wouldn't be too happy to hear that) but they will not do any data recovery for me. And if I try to get it repaired myself, the technician will have to break the seal to gain access to the innards and that will void my warranty. Bloody suckers!
So what should I do? The drive was chock full of my glorious high definition movies, a full-blown bootable backup of my Mac and a lot of Windows and Mac applications. I cannot let all that precious data go down the drain. If I try to repair it, there's a chance I might end up without the data and the drive too (not to mention, the repair charges). I am so frustrated! Please help me! What should I do?
And if I needed any more reason, this is it. I am never, ever going to consider a computer from any other company. The MagSafe adapter is a total life-saver. You only recognise the value of something once you've suffered a loss. If it hadn't been for that nifty little magnetic connector, my notebook might not have been in usable condition today. Thank you, Apple!
(But I do hate this patents system which restricts any other company from incorporating this sort of magnetic connector in their electronic products. It is such a great feature, it should be there in every product that connects to a wire.)