So I got a Mac Book back in May. Grandmother, Grandfather and My awesome uncle John all pitched in to buy it for me.
Recently (3 days before we planned to move) the hard drive of that Mac just died. Went totally kaput! No boot up, no nothing, dead. It was about 3 months out of the store and kaput. Yes, apparently this can happen to a Mac. I didn't think it could either, and so I hadn't backed anything up...
Fortunately it was still under warranty, so they were able to give me a new hard drive free of charge, which is now installed and up and running, and fortunately Cam's dad had just purchased Mac hard drive recovery software because his Mac had done the same thing, so we were able to save most of the data that was new.
So today I am beginning the process of putting my mac back in order.
The moral of the story kiddies is always, always back up your hard drive, even if you have a superior piece of equipment like a shiny new Mac book. All hard drives fail. Rule of nature. None are immune. Back it up!