will miraculously come back to life.
The weird clicks and the grey screen to not bode well for the health of your hard drive.
Given that you have nothing to boot this machine from, other than the external drive, I would suggest that you pack it away and deal with it when you get back to home base.
At the very least, I would suspect that you will need a new hard drive.
Extracting the data from the old hard drive is another matter. It "might" mount if it were attached to another computer but there is no guarantee.
All is not lost though. There are a number of excellent companies that specialize in retrieving data from crashed hard drives but, brace yourself, the cost is very high.
It is at this point that you make the decision as to what the missing data is actually worth.
Hey, I know some stuff about computers but this site had forums and seems really popular so Im hoping one of you guys on this site can help me out since Im so stressed i havent the time nor patience to try and figure out the mac website so heres the deal.
I just moved to panama, im working in a tiny little fishing village 5 or 6 hours from panama city and 45 min to the closest (very small) town so i cant get to a lifesaving genius bar and my computer has all my photos and documents for my company's website and advertising along with all my music and stuff. All but the media in the last 3 weeks has been backed up but theres been a ton in that time plus my computer is the only way i can talk to my ex'wife and kid.
I was on facebook earlier today and the harddrive (i think) made some weird clicks ive never heard (the harddrive has been replaced in thes notebook once already 2 years ago) i kept getting the rainbow pinwheel loading nothing for a sort of long time and id type a chat message and the pinwheel would come up for a minute then id type a couple words then it happened again. so i (probably a bad idea.. im ********) just held the power button down to restart. When i booted up again i get the "bdrahhh" but then it goes to just the grey screen. Last time the hard drive went it did that but there was a folder with a question mark in it so I am super frustrated and stressed but I have a sliver of hope cuz that little question folder icon isnt there. I looked on a few sites online and they say to start it up with an external hard drive and hold down C and put in the mac os X cd but the problem with being a scuba instructor, kiteboarder and photographer is i have so much heavy **** to travel with I ditch anything not nessicary to survival or work so i dont have any of the cds or start up discs except for an ilife 06 burnt copy cd.
thats my situation, If someone can help me out youll be a ******* hero to me forever, hope all my **** isnt lost, thanks