I know that some of you are techies. Anyone know anything about data retrieval? Here's the situation.
Last night, I was working on my laptop, when the little "Apple Wheel" came on, and the computer stopped responding. After another few minutes, it shut down on its own, and it wouldn't start back up. I did the troubleshooting from Apple's website, but nothing worked. Today, I took my laptop to Apple's "Genius Bar." After running several diagnostics, they said that my hard drive is shot and would need to be replaced. (I learned last year that the LEMON laptop Apple sold me tends to run a bit hotter than others, and that it therefore slowly burns up components. Unfortunately, I only learned this after it burned up my hard drive last year, and I had to pay to have it replaced. My laptop took about a year to burn up the new hard drive.)
So here are the questions:
(1) Is my data still on the hard drive, even though the hard drive doesn't work and won't start up?
(2) If the data is still on the hard drive, is it retrievable?
(3) If it's retrievable, what's the cheapest way to retrieve it? My most recent back-up was a couple of months ago. I can always redo most of the work I've done since then (Qur'an commentary, scripts for a video series I haven't recorded yet, etc.), but some of the material (e.g. video footage) cannot be replaced, and I'd rather not have to rewrite anything I've already written, since this would be a waste of time. (In case anyone is wondering what I mean by "Qur'an commentary," Sam Shamoun and I have been working on a "Study Qur'an." It's similar in format to a standard "Study Bible," but includes a revised text of Palmer's translation of the Qur'an, complete with commentary, cross-references, Surah introductions, outlines, charts, etc., by Sam and me.)
Any thoughts? (Note: Please don't answer the questions unless you're fairly sure that you're correct on the technical details!)