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I'm not to good with computer terms or stuff like that, so please bear with me. Every time I start up my MacBook Pro, a loading bar comes up and then when it completes, it restarts, with the same thing, a endless cycle of loading bars. So I looked at quite a few threads but couldn't find a specific answer to my problem. I want to do a reinstall of new copy of Lion but back-up my data first (there is only 50 GB). I can start into Internet recovery mode. I did the whole "Verify Disk" in the Disk Utility and it said that "The disk needs to be repaired. Click Repair Disk". In which I click repair disk. But then it says "Disk Utility can't repair this disk. Back up as many of your files as possible, reformat the disk, and restore your backed-up files".  All I have is a 500 GB Seagate External hard drive for Mac, no additional Mac or time machine to back up to. So is someone able to give me step by step on how to back-up my data in my specific situation? I tired to create a New Image of "Macintosh HD" but it says "unable to create "Macintosh HD.dmg". (Error -61)". Also, the Macintosh HD is dimmed (grayish) in the left, but I can still click on it. I don't know what that means. Is there also any way to move files in recovery mode through terminal, from the HD to my external hard drive. As a alternative back up?


Please, any help would be awesome.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1), 2010 model