So, I have a new iMac running lion. An old macbook running leopard. My macbook won't reboot past the blue screen, a problem many have. I've tried reinstalling the operating system from the disk, but the stupid laptop won't read the disk. I got drastic and tried rebooting it in safe mode, single user mode and then rebooting to rejig the PRAM but no luck. * The only screen I can get it to boot in is target disk. So, connected my firewire cables, rebooted the macbook in target disk, all went well. It is seen as an icon on the desktop, is found in disk utility, is found in migration assistant. And then nothing. There are no files in the macbook according to my iMac. I first tried migration assistant, but it can't get past the "preparing to transfer files" stage. Left it overnight and still no progress. Tried Disk Utility - it will verify and repair saying there is no issue with the Macbook but when I try to restore from macbook to iMac it fails. If I try to open the icon of the macbook, it originally viewed empty folders for applications, library etc, but now if I try to open it, the Finder crashes on the iMac. Any ideas on how I can get my files off my macbook to my iMac? At this point the only option I can in visage is to bust open my macbook and hook up the hard drive externally with a case. I have a time machine back up but I'm sure it's not up to date enough for the files I want off the macbook. And no I no longer have applecare, the laptop is 5 years old. Any help would be much appreciated. To either restore the macbook so I can transfer normally or just transfer the files onto my iMac. I don't want the macbook anymore. Thanks michelle.