All, I am suffering here, my 2009 imac 24in 3.06 is giving me the grey screen with the spinnig wheel and i have got to the point (hitting c with an install disk for example) wherer i can select disk utility, when i run repair disk it says it fails and i need to backup - but guess what I switched off time machine in july 2009. I can get to the teminal app from this screen, is there a way from here to retrive my photos/videos etc? I cant stand the idea of losing all this stuff of my kids groiwing up... I should know better I know... I am in IT as a network engineer for a living. Any help gratefully received. Thanks.