I woke this morning to find the powerbook had crashed overnight, not all that unusual for me. Came into work, diddled around with my morning routine; then went to flip on the notebook. I was greated by the little Mac "ding," followed by awful awful sounds of whirring and thrashing coming from the HD bay of my poor little 12-inch.
Went to see the Mac admin (coincidentaly the wife of my boss) but she's out at someones office right now. Wrote her an email, hopefully she'll get back to me soon. As many of you know I am in the throes of grad school applications right now, and kind of need the notebook. Luckily I backed up what I was working on last night before I went to bed, so I don't actually need anything recovered from the drive; but still a pain in the ass.
In any case please cross your fingers for me.
Update: Got the Tiger install DVD and Diskwarrior from the Mac admin. After much thrashing the powerbook booted off the DVD. Ran Disk Utility, unfortunately it doesn't even report the presence of a hard drive in the system. At least it died in full blazing glory and not just a half-hearted corruption of the disk.