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    Folder with question mark on startup

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    Folder with question mark on startup
    Yesterday I was running my computer on windows through bootcamp. I got the blue screen of death and i thought restarting my laptop would fix it. The laptop wouldn't boot up and it gave me a screen with a flashing folder with question mark in it. Is there anyway I can fix this?

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    Folder with question mark on startup
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    In order to help other members help you, it would be good if you could tell us what hardware you have and what version of OS X you are running.
    A flashing question mark during boot indicates that the OS can no longer find the OS files to load ... usually not a good sign.... but let's take it one step at a time.
    Maybe it is not all that bad.

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    Folder with question mark on startup

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    Thanks for your reply. I'm actually running a dual drive setup in my macbook with a SSD as the startup boot. I'm running a 2 GHz i7 MacBook pro on OS X 10.8.5 (12F45)

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    Folder with question mark on startup
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    Can you still boot through Boot Camp? If so, try that then go into the control panel that controls startup (don't remember what it's called). Sometimes the computer loses track of this setting.

    If the OS X partition is there select it and reboot. If it's not there let us know and we can go from there.
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    Folder with question mark on startup

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    The drive is undetectable by my MacBook. There's not option to select it if I boot up holding option. I just see my boot SSD and Recovery.

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    If you boot to the recovery partition are you able to see the drive using Disk Utility? If so try repairing the disk.
    Sylvester Roque Former Contributing Editor About This Particular Macintosh

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    Folder with question mark on startup

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    I can only see the SSD drive in the recovery partition Disk Utility.

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