The situation is this: I have a MacBook Pro, first generation. The internal hard drive has been damaged, and cannot boot the operating system (Mac OS X 10.5.2). Unfortunately, my last backup was not very recent, and I'm trying not to lose these files. So my goal is to gain access to the hard drive, and copy everything on it to an external hard drive. Note that the Firewire port on the machine is not working. Thus, any file transferring must be accomplished over USB or Ethernet. I also have access another Mac, if that would be of any assistance. Now let me throw you some ideas here. (For the record, I don't know if any of this will help, but it's worth a try.) I have booted the machine off the Leopard Install Disc. This now gives you access to several options: Startup Disk. Disk Utility. Terminal. System Profiler. Network Profiler. Something tells me Terminal might be able to make some magic happen. Unfortunately, I know nothing about the voodoo commands that can be issued in it to get this plan into action. I hear rumors about something called Single User Mode, however I know very little about it (other than, if entering the wrong command, erasing your drive). So if anyone out there has any suggestion as to how to set this up, I'd appreciate it. Thanks.