Hello there all, I've had my mbp since 2006 and it's been lovely. I've had times when it froze or it'd restart and inform me that the OS had to restart the mbp due to a serious problem. I used to back up via time machine when it came out but stupidly, I haven't done so in a very long time. I've had SMART status installed and have always monitored the disk. I frequently run fixing disk permissions, using onyx and delete any unwanted files. Last night I out the MBP to sleep and this morning, I turned it on and it was frozen. No response. I hit power button and waited then hit it back on and rest the PRAM as that too has sorted any funny business out. Sadly not this time as it booted into Disk Utility. So whenever I turn he MBP on it goes straight into DU. I ran a diagnostics on the drive and verifying the disk and this error message came up; "Invalid record count. The volume could not be verified completely. Error: the disk needs to be repaired. Click repair disk" A window pops up saying: "Disk utility stopped veryifing Macintosh HD. Click repair disk." I hit repair disk and it reads; Updating boot suppor partitions for the volume as required. Error: disk utility can't repair his disk...disk, and restore your backed up files." A window pops up saying; " disk utility can't repair is disk. Back up as many of your files as possible, reformat the disk and restore yr backed up files." I can't open the Mac in safe mode too, when pressing shift I see a no entry sign and it flickers back and fourth to a apple logo. My CD Rom drive doesn't work too and I was running Mavericks. I also had an error message about a problem with the EFI system partition file system. I really need to get my documents back as there are lots of sorties I need to get back and sentimental photos! I have a 1TB external hd too. Please help a desperate Illustrator!