Ok so here is my story 1. wonderfully working OSX 10.5 2. Dumb idea of wanting to play CS:S 3. using Bootcamp to format disk. 4. Installing Windows...... 5. Hal.dll error 6. reinstalling Windows.... 7. hal.dll error 8. surfing for solutions 9. deleting 200mb "unknown" partition... 10. suddenly 6 partitions popped up (one was 1.8 Terrabyte...wtf) 11. restarted mac, to see if osx was OK. 12. started osx, everything was fine. 13. deleted the windows partition using disk utility(bootcamp utily won't let me) 14. system settings ---> startup disk, no startup disk shown... i was like WTF?!?! 15. restart... 16. no boot device found... 17. Restarted... 18. no boot device found.... 19 started crying... 20. started up using the leopard install DvD 21.started disk utility... 22. Only 1 partition (fat32) available (WTF?!?!?) 23. plugged in external HDD, started installing osx on that HDD 24. 14 minutes left of instalation........... my plan is now, that after I installed OSX on that external drive, i'll boot up from there , and install "file salvage" and try recover some of my files.... and then do a clean OSX install (****ing annoying I installed so MANY apps... Holy SHI T ....) but most of all, I NEED my pictures ( I just came back from vacation, and didn't back em up...........(stupid me) also my whole music collection is gone... ahh dammit, i'll be the first in line tomorrow buying a external 2 TB drive for time machine... any other idea how I can recover everything..?? (good thing I just synced my iPhone with 16Gb of music + contacts..... :S ah yea and it still shows "14 minutes left" since aprox... 10 minutes now?!?! is this normal?