Don't lecture me on backing stuff up, but I have an external FireWire Hard Drive with important work on that I *have* to get hold of! Running Disk Utility gives me the following error (the disk is partitioned into two drives): Repairing disk for disk5s9 Volume check failed. Error: The underlying task reported failure on exit (-9972) Repairing disk for disk5s10 Volume check failed. Error: The underlying task reported failure on exit (-9972) Repair attempted on 2 volumes 0 HFS volumes repaired 2 volumes could not be repaired Would something like Diskwarrior be useful?? Any help and advice gratefully recieved!