I had a whole bunch of files to copy off my Firewire external hard drive (maybe 30-40gb) onto my MacBook today, and I set it to start copying as I went off to grab a bite to eat. I came back an hour later, and my screen was dark. I tried wiggling the mouse / pressing keyboard keys, and it didn't come back to life. I closed and opened the lid a few times, hoping to jolt it into/out of sleep mode, but no luck. Eventually, I just held down the power button until it rebooted (maybe a bad choice). Now when I turn it on, I get a flashing question mark folder icon instead of the apple logo boot screen (the same goes for holding down Alt/Option to see my boot options - neither my OS X partition or my Windows XP partition shows up). I think it's something with the hard drive. I tried loading a Linux boot CD, but it didn't automatically recognize my drives. I put in my Tiger install CD (I'm running Leopard, but my install disk is halfway across the country), and they didn't show up as Startup Disk options. I'm on a Mac Pro in the computer lab at my uni right now, where I have my MB connected using Target Disk Mode, but the drives aren't showing up.
I suspect I will have to reinstall Leopard and start from scratch, but is there any way I can recover data off the disk before I clean it off?
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