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Hi:

It does appear that your hard drive may be defective. You've run all the proper tests including trying to repair when booted from the install DVD. The "flashing question mark" is usually an indication that the boot drive is inoperative or inaccessible.

As for the data which is on the drive, unless you've been making backups using Time Machine or another backup program it can be very expensive to recover data from a defective hard drive. And yes, Time Machine does backup everything except for some special system files\folders.

You might also want to give "Data Rescue II" a try. It's software which can be used (booted from a CD) that may be able to recover your data from the drive. Go here for information and download:

http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/1133

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