So the HD on my 2008 MacBook Pro is corrupted and I can only boot up using the Install Disk. Can't repair the HD using Disk Utility, either, so need to reformat it. I haven't backed up my files (yeah, I know!) and I don't have an external hard drive. I do have a couple other Macs, but so far no luck. So I might need some help . . . First thing I did was connect my MBP to my G5 iMac via ethernet, rebooted the MBP using the install disk and went to Disk Utility to try to copy my HD over to the iMac using the Restore (copy) function. The iMac wouldn't mount on the left-hand side, so although I have a Source (obviously the MBP HD), I don't have a Destination drive. Tried everything and still couldn't get the iMac to mount. Now, if I hit "New Image", I can get a window to pop up on the MBP that shows the iMac as a "Shared" device - so I know I have a good connection. However, it still won't mount for me to copy . . . Is there a fix for this? Appletalk is on, there is a good ethernet connection, and full file-sharing etc is turned on. When I try to connect to server from the iMac, it doesn't detect the MPB . . . Plan B is to connect up my wife's MacBook Air to see if I can copy everything on to her HD - but the MBA doesn't have an ethernet port! So I need to connect some other way (does Airport work when you boot up from an Install disc?) and figured I'd just go out and buy a Firewire cable and try this. Does anyone know if this will work? My MBP is a 2008 model (Al, not unibody) and is running 10.5. The MBA is the latest model and running 10.6. If I simply plug the firewire cable into eah port, then reboot the MBP using the Install disc, will this mount the MBA HD in the left-hand column of Disc Utility which I can then select as the destination disc when I copy? I'm only asking all this because if there's a better way, I'd like to hear it! I know you can get ethernet to USB cables for MBAs that allow you to connect computers using ethernet, but a firewire cable is cheaper and probably quicker than USB - if it works! Any advice appreciated. Thanks.