I cannont start in safe mode, but if I hold the "option" key after the initial noise it gives me four options: I can enter disk utility; I can get basic, non-java internet; I can reinstall the OS through Apple online (is this new in 10.8?) and there is one other option that I forget. When I enter Disk Utility here is the basic setup: -- 320.07 GB (internal) (this drive mounts and shows no errors if I "verify") ------ Macintosh HD (this drive will not mount; will not repair) -- 1 TB WD Passport (external) (mounts) (formatted to the same as the external -- journaled) ------- Untitled (can mount or unmount) both drives are GPT partition If I try to reinstall will it reformat my drive and erase my data? Since my internal HD seems really corrupted and I cannot even start in safe mode, I am trying to salvage my data. should I be trying to create an image with the 320 or should I be trying to restore (copy) the 320 to the 1TB? The fact that the Macintosh HD will not mount has me worried. I keep getting error messages trying to do both. What are the steps I should take to try to copy my drive? Thank you!!