Here is what happened... I ran an archive and install (manitining user settings checked) on my iMac from my Tiger iMac CDs to install X11 and it got stuck on Disk 2 installing Garage Band. After several attempts at cleaning the disk, I called AppleCare and they said to start the install again from the beginning and leave off Garage Band. When I started the reinstall, it gave me the option to upgrade (not available previously) but I again selected archive and install with preserve users checked. That install failed somewhere into it (last I noticed it was installing the base system, but I walked away from it). Now it won't boot (kernel panic) and when I try to run install again, it does not give the option of preserving users. I backed up a couple of months ago, but would lose a fair amount of data if I can't get at this data. I do have at my disposal: A working MBP, firewire cables, external drives to use toward a rescue mission. Of course, there is also the Apple Store down on Regent Street. Anybody have any ideas about how I can get to the drive on the iMac and get my user data off the disk? HELP!!!