For you Mac users, MacHeist is doing another NanoBundle discount (macheist.com) - 8 apps for $19.95 (plus three additional games if you Tweet about the special). Their software is pretty simple - but I've grown a bit fond of a few of their programs.
The real cool thing about it is that the proceeds go to 11 charities, distributed as you see fit.
* Action Against Hunger * AIDS Research Alliance * Save the Children * Direct Relief International * Humane Society International * Clinton Bush Haiti Fund * The Nature Conservancy * Alliance for Climate Protection * Save Darfur * Prevent Cancer Foundation * World Wildlife Fund (A popular one here, I'm sure)
I entirely forgot about this until today, and actually thought I had missed it, so... there's one day left until the offer expires.
Edit: And as luck would have it, their website is experiencing heavy traffic the moment I post this...
For drive trouble I still use SpinRite a ton. It has saved data off of so many dead drives for me. Granted it's a Windows program but if you can get the drive into a PC that can use it, I would try it out. http://www.grc.com/spinrite.htm