Ok, my mom's iBook was dropped a week or so back. I told her I would do what I could as far as getting the data off. Luckily, I had given her an external hd for christmas one year so all hope isn't lost. The bad thing with that is, she hasn't backed up recently. The iBook will actually boot up, make the classic apple sound, but when the finder comes up, the dock never shows up. It never allows you to click anywhere. I am connected via target mode to my mbp. I got mostly everything off. All of the documents but I am lacking some pictures in her iPhoto library. I have been able to get some but every now and then, I get to some dates/rolls and I get the beach ball/spinning wheel of death in the finder. Ahhh! I have to restart the iBook, hold down T, and start all over again. Oh, and then say a little prayer that I don't accidently click on that same folder that cause the beach ball. So, my question, is there any better way to go about doing this? I am just copying it from the iBook to an external. Thanks for the advice/help guys!