In a stroke of GENIUS, I deleted my /Private folder. I'm not sure how I was able to but I think I deleted some random little files in my Mac HD before that and I do recall entering my password (the administrative / master password) to authorize the deletion... So that's how I got into this situation. I'd just also like to say that I do not have my information backed up... I know, I know for shame. My father is laughing at me now. But he doesn't know yet. Don't tell him. What I Have Tried: - Rebooting in Single-User mode following some code I found off a forum for someone who had only deleted their /var folder- Failed! - Rebooting in SU mode following code off Apple Support website- Failed! - Called 1-800-MY-APPLE - was told I could only reinstall everything- Failed! - Went into the Genius Bar to talk to a Genius. He tried to start up remotely with an External HD- Failed! - Was told by the Genius to take a firewire cable and hook up my computer to another Mac and start in Target Disk mode, move all my data onto there (or an external HD attached to computer 2) and then reinstall - Failed! (Reason: The second computer could not detect my computer? Indexing was taking forever but I couldn't stop Spotlight from indexing because I could not find it... My disk / the icon does not appear on the desktop. BUT, it was detected through Time Machine.) Basically I've kind of made a holy mess of things. Can anyone help? Is ther any hope?! Thanks for reading all that.