my iMac has gone kaput. it appears to be the hard drive. i have been getting a lot of spinning beachball moments lately, tried disk repair - said it can't repair the drive. now it will boot to the apple logo with a loading bar at the bottom but then it will shut down (without making a sound) before the progress bar makes much of any progress. now I'm kind of freaking out because some of my latest data (important stuff) wasn't backed up. i want to know what my options are to back this up before it goes in for repair with apple care. I've read about target disk mode, will this work? i just ordered a thunderbolt cable - i have a thunderbolt late 2011 MBP. will i be able to connect it to my iMac and drag and drop what i can from my iMac's drive? my iMac is a Fusion Drive. lastly i wondered - is it possible the SSD portion of my drive has died? thats where the OS is and the system can't even get to the OS anymore..