Been a Mac user for 3 years now NEVER had one problem that I needed to repair but today I noticed my machine acting slow I had to Command alt esc a few time and stop some apps that were hanging me up. One time nothing happened so I shut it down (Hard) and than upon rebooting I was greeted with a progress bar along the bottom for about 3 mins and it just stopped. I rebooted again same thing except no bar this time I than tried Option S I thin (Single user mode) and got a command line and was able to see my user folders I did an LD Desktop and verified my files were there so I rebooted again and nothing. Did this about 10 times tried booting into OSX install disk but the the option for repair verify HD were greyed out. I booted into an external OSX partition I had on a USB drive and am typing this right now while I am trying to run a Disk Utility (Verify and repair has been about 30 mins and its says its running but I dunno) Does anyone know a way for me to get a few files off the drive? I think by turning off the system when it was frozen I corrupted the HD partition or something. I don't mind formatting and reinstalling but ther are a few little files and some concert tickets on the desktop I would like to backup.. Any Advise? Dorf Thanks in advance!