Hey Guys, So 10.5.3 somehow corrupted my OS. I can log-in to my account and of course physically start the computer (the power), but once I log-in none of the desktop loads, just the wallpaper. Sometimes if I press apple: + Spacebar) the spotlight icon in the top right corner comes on and allows me to search things but I can't open them. Finder doesn't load Anyways, this problem happened the day 10.5.3 came out and I took it into the Apple store. They couldn't figure out how to fix it, nor could the Apple store when I brought it in a second time for a "Quickdrop." However, they told me that they could re-install OS X and back up my Hard drive...for $125 or something. How can I manually go into the harddrive without loading my desktop and transfer my files to my hard drive? I know how to install OS X, but I Really need help figuring out how to manually ("back door") transfer my data. Thank you so much Macrumors, hope you guys can figure out a solution.