I’ve encountered unrecoverable hard drive errors on my MacBook Pro twice now in the last month. Both times I was lucky enough to have had up-to-date Time Machine backups.
To recover each time I had to wipe the drive and restore from Time Machine. On the way back to Humble yesterday from an interview, I stopped by Fry’s on I-45 (Houston) and picked up a Seagate Momentus 7200 RPM, 16MB cache, 320GB drive.
I swapped drives this morning and took pictures of the entire process.