I am helping out a friend that has a broken MacBook Pro. I think he brought it to an Apple tech and they wanted a lot of money to fix it and/or back it up. I believe they told him it was a failed video card or something related to video. It will randomly boot up completely, but most of the time it just boots to weird hazy design-like lines all over the screen. Most of the time, a different pattern. After it boots, it stays up for a while before it starting again. What I can't tell is, if the actual system is failing, or just the screen. It seems like the whole system freezes and can't be accessed. For instance, if I start to run some files to a backup external, I don't think it finishes the process if it starts acting up. I have so far only backed up about 5GB out of 100. It has been tedious to try and get those, as well. Not looking forward to the other 95. Unless... There is a way to copy his disc over to the external another way? Or network in with my iMac? How do I set up permissions to do that on his and mine (if possible)? Last bit. He is going to probably just replace the whole thing with a new MBP and that will most likely be running Lion. He is currently running Snow Leopard. Will there be any complications backing up in specific ways when he goes to try and recover the files with his new one? Thanks for any possible help!