Hi everyone, I have looked around all the web but I cant seem to find a solution. Since my phone ruined my whole loooong first post, now I'd be describing everything again with even more frustration Any help in rescuing my data is appreciated. I have a unibody mbp with 500gb hdd which has 3 partitions: 180gb mac, 20gb fat32 documents and ~240gb ntfs bootcamp with 64bit win7 in it. My mac froze today so I had to power it off and afterwards it didn't boot again. It used to be in a better shape but my futile attempts to fix it made everything lot worse. So here is the current situation: If left untouched, mbp tries to boot on win, but fails and gets stuck on a black blank screen. If I press option key, after waiting a while I am only presented with option to boot on mac. When I do so, I either get a blank gray screen, or an indefinite loading time ( waited at least for an hour and a half before giving up) or a do not disturb sign (kernel error?). previously I have seen a folder and a question mark but lately that doesn't show up. Single user mode, safe mode or verbose modes do not work. Or the current booting situation makes their shortcuts unusable. I can put the mac os dvd and hold c to launch the mac os installer. over there I can run the disk utility. disk utility shows both documents and bootcamp mounted and apparently without problem (even though attempts to verify documents finds an error, attempting to fix goes on indefinitely, restarting the disk util makes the documents look all good again). Mac partition however is unmounted. Verification gives some errors and repairing claims that repair is successful, however nothing changes i.e. can't mount the volume, can't get info on how much space is left, is still unbootable. I have opened up the terminal and through it tried the following commands: df -hl (which only shows bootcamp from my 3 partitions as volume and shows couple more things) sudo fsck_hfs -l /dev/disk0s2 (got the disk ID from disk util, this command does not run as sudo is not recognized. removing sudo the command runs and stops giving the error "the volume machintosh hd could not be verified completely" I tried adding parameters -fy which yielded the very same error) If I try to go through the installation, my mac volume does not show up. When I boot from win7 dvd, I can't see any of my partitions (i think it is a driver problem though). So at this point I feel like there can be three options: using some commands through the terminal, somehow partitioning my bootcamp and creating a partition in which I can install macos, and lastly booting from windows. I think the windows option is the best one, if possible, so that I can access at least my documents (my most important data), my data on bootcamp and maybe the data on mac partition. I am sadly not in a position to buy an external hdd right now. Studying abroad in Europe, life is already much more expensive than in the US. I am open to any suggestion. Thank you all for your help.