Well it finally happened, the logic board in my Aluminum 3.06 iMac is history. It's no longer under warranty/Applecare and I gather the pricing for replacing a logic board is insane; and so I'm thinking I'll just toss it and try a Macbook Pro, if I can scrounge up the funds... Here's my problem. The internal HD, as far as I know, is still fine. I have a backup (thank you Timemachine) so I don't need to access the data; but I don't really want to toss out or sell off the iMac, even in its unbootable/nonfunctional state, with the HD still operational and full of all my personal data... What do people do in such situations? Do I have to figure out how to open up the thing and physically remove the HD and dunk it in the bath or something? Or is there a more elegant solution? I should say, the iMac really is nonfunctional, meaning I can't get it to boot from a DVD either (so I can't use Disk Utility to erase the drive). Thoughts? Oh hey, rereading this before posting, I just had a thought myself - would this work? If I buy say a macbook pro, and then boot the iMac in firewire mode, and zap the HD from the macbook...? How much needs to be working in an imac to get it to boot into firewire mode?