Hi, firstly i'd like to offer thanks for the fantastic resource you offer on this forum. I have a 2010 Mac Pro 2.8 Nehalam (mac pro 2.8 qcx/3x1g/1tb/5770/sd). I'm running Snow Leopoard. There was a power cut yesterday and ever since the machine has failed to boot up. I ran disc utility and found an error on the disc. Tried to repair it and it told me the disc couldnt be repaired. So it appears the hard drive is dead. My problem is that both my documents and all of my programs were on the same hard drive (I know, I know i'm an idiot). I have the full Adobe suite, office, final cut, Logic etc etc. So my first question is: I've read that it can be possilble to boot up from an external drive running my OS to possibly retrieve what may have survived? Any documents would be great but i really want to retrieve my applications. I have the original DVD install discs that came with the machine; but i'm told that these don't contain the drivers to install on an externl drive and I'd require a retail disc? My second question is: Now that the drive has died it seems a good time to refit the machine. I'm wanting to get at least another 3 years out of it and would like to improve drive speeds and general performance overall. I was thinking of possibly installing an SSD? and a seperate drive for my applications. Any thoughts anyone has on updating the machine would be greatly appreciated. My huge thanks for any help anyone may offer regarding my woes. Thanks.