I have a Mac Mini that is a few years old, and has been an absolute workhorse for me. The other day, I came home from work, and moved the mouse, and nothing. Blank screen on my monitor. Restarted it, and I got the grey screen, and the spinning circle. Restarted again, nothing. Bought Samsung Chromebook so I could get on the web, used RZ points at Best Buy. Searched Google first, of course. Booted it up with the start up disc in there, pressing the C key. Got to Disk utility, and tried to repair the disk. On the fourth attempt, it finally completed, only to give me Error: Disk Utility can't repair this disk...disk, and restore your backed-up files. Alright. I never used Time Machine, so I don't have a backup. I have several gigs of music on there, along with photos and files that I would like to retrieve. Few questions: 1 - can I make a backup somehow? 2 - what do I need to fix this? 3 - is there anyway that the files will not be lost? I am currently looking on macsales.com but to be honest, I am very lost. Friend of mine told me that I need to replace the drive. I thought that all of my files are on the drive? Forgive my lack of a use of proper terms. I am not afraid to disassemble stuff, as I did this on my old iMac G5 when the power supply failed. Removed the hard drive, and placed it in some sort of an external drive housing, and it works as a removable drive. If I need to do that, I am comfortable doing that. Any help for a no0b that should know better? Thank you so much in advance.