My faithful MPB, on which I do all of my source code development and photo processing went to sleep and never woke up. And, like most people, its been much too long since my last backup! The source code was safe, as it was all stored on a source code repository, but my photo editing data was on the hard drive. 

Under normal circumstances, I'd be panicked, however, I was confident that the data on my hard drive was safe, and that the problem lie in the logic board (motherboard). So how to get my data back? Why with an Apple version of the Vulcan mind-meld: