** for those that don't want to read the entire thing. I did a backup of my Father in laws emac but the backup went to hell. It overwrote the the OS and now I have lost the original partition to something named 'OS2'. OS2 has no OS on it. I don't need the OS restored, I only need the files off of it. My father in law is getting a new imac on Monday. I know NOTHING of macs. But I know a bit about PC's. Any help or pointers is appreciated. If you want to know HOW I ended up here and are interested in my excuse to how someone that should know better would make such an error, then read what is below. Thanks for your help. **** Any help would be appreciated. Okay, bottom line, I am a windows man. I am the devil. Satan himself. I have some certifications but I know NOTHING about the MAC. So my Father-in-law ownes a 4 year old emac. Yesterday I took him to our local Mac store and he purchased a shiny new imac. Should be coming in on Monday. I asked the guy at the store about the best way to move the files from the emac to the imac and I was left with the impression that I should do a backup and just restore (or move from the backup) what my Father-in-law wanted to keep. So, I go on the internet and search for decent (and affordable) backup software for the Mac. I find this SuperDuper! stuff recommended, it is cheap enough and it is fairly functional without paying for it. I download it and install it on the emac. 6 months ago I installed more ram, a new hard drive and a DVDRW drive and OS 10.4 onto the emac. I never tried to write to that drive. So I fire up the backup software and try to tell it to write to the DVDRW drive. It won't. It simply won't. I looked and looked but couldn't figure out how to get it to write to that drive. I can't transfer it over the network to my PC - that is something else I have tried in the past and have failed at. I have NO usb hard drive. I was stuck. **note, what I should have done was create a new partition and backed up to the new partition. ~sigh~** So I do something that, in retrospect, was just plain dumb. I started up the backup software and told it to create a backup - on the desktop - of the entire computer. My thought process, at the time, was all about backup size and how to get it off the computer. It never occured to me that the backup would create a 'hall-of-mirrors' trick and eat up all of the hard drive. I let it run overnight. The next morning I sat down at it and found that the machine would only boot up to an OS9 style folder with a question mark in the center of it. I took the 10.4 disk and screwed around with it and eventually figured out that the partition I had created when I had installed 10.4 (called MACOS or something similar) was gone. It had been replaced by something called 'OS2'. OS2 - best I can figure out - has no OS on it at all. In fact, it isn't even a valid partition. After some googleing I have decided that the weird ass (and improper) backup I was doing overwrote the OS on the hard disk. I have things I need to rescue off that disk. Here is the good news, the OS isn't important. Only the information. In fact, taking the hard drive out and putting it in a USB casing is not only doable - but I have listed it on my 'things to do list' for Saturday. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.