Really wish I could agree with this. I recently purchased a Mac Mini new about 3 months ago. With pretty minimal, basic usage, the HDD fails, makes a clicking noise. Unfortunately, there were some pretty important documents on there which I don't really know why I didn't think of backing up, guess I just assumed a new Apple product can last more than a few months. $700 piece of ****. Not about to spend $1000 to get the drive taken apart to manually retrieve data.
You didn't back-up your HDD and I'm guessing you didn't buy Apple Care?..otherwise you'd be able to get it fixed for free. A HDD can fail on ANY new computer, not just Macs. I feel bad that you were that small number that that stuff actually happens to, sorry for your troubles!