~Had to wipe out everything....gone...nada...vamoos...no tears...just acceptance on my part...
~I did make a DVD of my huge texture file on desktop and other important stuff there that I use all the time...
~My MacBook Pro is backed up to the Time Machine thingy, but I do not want to do a complete migration because I will be bringing back in corrupted info., and we still do not know what is corrupted.
~iMac is backed up to a huge Iomega external hard drive, but I am now doing an additional back up of that 25,000 picture iPhoto library, my Lightroom 4 catalog, and my Photoshop Elements 10 catalog to a new, portable Toshiba 500 GB hard drive that I can carry with me to work from. My Pro does not have the huge memory of the iMac so cannot bring over all of the pictures. Thank goodness I have the right cable to do a partial migration from the iMac to the MacBook Pro
~The Tech still did not determine if the hard drive was bad, and I am upset about that. I kept telling the tech I wanted to determine whether the hard drive was bad, but we did not learn. I am going to address that issue when the Apple Care man calls today. Bet I end up buying my own new hard drive and having Gene install it for me like he told me to do in the first place.
~So, as of this morning the computer has been wiped out and the new system has downloaded. The migration work starts this afternoon
~It is a **** good thing I am a mother of 3 and have taught school for 53 years because I have the patience of Job and will persevere until I collapse ...the nuns taught me that one...hahaha
~Will be back with an update...keep your fingers crossed I am up and running by the weekend...
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS ABOUT MAKING MULTIPLE BACKUPS. I AM DOING JUST THAT.