Long story short: My computer, in the past 2 weeks, is faulty. Every time I open up Safari, it freezes for 1-2 minutes with the rainbow spinning beachball. Loading iTunes is the same. After researching, it's due to the hard drive failing. I did a safe boot, and hopefully clearing some cache. After restarting the computer from safe boot, my computer can't boot anymore. In Snow Leopard's installation CD, I tried to repair the disk, but "invalid node structure" message came up. I can't repair it. LUCKILY, I have a windows partition, and that part of the harddrive is working fine. I only need to backup: Documents, Pictures and Music.... the rest can be gone because I'm getting the new retina Macbook Pro this week.... (Talk about hardware failure at the right moment) My questions are: 1) How can I back up my files? Time Machine can't be loaded unless you're in OSX right? 2) Do I have to drag/drop Macintosh files from Windows (via Bootcamp) to an external hard drive? 3) For Music: If I copy the itunes folder, will it still retain the playlists etc? my iPad/iPhone's music relies on the playlist heavily. 4) Contacts: If I just drag/drop the contacts now, when I have Mountain Lion installed, will it appear normally? Thank you for the help! I hope I can back up everything before it's too late!!!