New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
OS X - Operating System General OS operation information and support

Screen of my mac showing flashing folder with question mark.


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
hi-gorgeous

 
Member Since: Dec 12, 2012
Posts: 2
hi-gorgeous is on a distinguished road

hi-gorgeous is offline
How do I fix this without losing any of my data? I cannot access anything.
QUOTE Thanks
chscag

 
chscag's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 23, 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 38,828
chscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond reputechscag has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, 3 iPods, OS X Mavericks

chscag is offline
Which Mac? Year and model? What version of OS X is it running? The flashing question mark means it can't find the hard drive to boot from. (The drive may be damaged or dead.)
QUOTE Thanks
dawson1112

 
dawson1112's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 29, 2012
Posts: 157
dawson1112 has a spectacular aura about

dawson1112 is offline
at start up hold the option key and see if it will show the hdd.
It would help to know what model mac you have and what OSX your running...
The flashing folder with "?" in it means its not seeing a bootable disk...
Or the boot sector has been corrupted possibly during a failed update , a bad drive ... etc etc
It could be a simple matter of repairing the boot sector of that drive . If you had lion installed it will have a recovery partition



I don't own a mac,,, but I did stay at a holiday inn last night.
QUOTE Thanks
hi-gorgeous

 
Member Since: Dec 12, 2012
Posts: 2
hi-gorgeous is on a distinguished road

hi-gorgeous is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by chscag View Post
Which Mac? Year and model? What version of OS X is it running? The flashing question mark means it can't find the hard drive to boot from. (The drive may be damaged or dead.)

Thank you for the feedback! Purchased the macbook in roughly 2005 or 2006. Not sure when I ran my last updates, maybe March 2012. It's been used for music since March 2012. Was running a couple of my personal xmas disks to play in I tunes when this happened. I do have original set up disks just hope I don't loose information and photos etc. I should have backed up!
QUOTE Thanks
ChrisMan287

 
ChrisMan287's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 24, 2012
Location: NY.
Posts: 319
ChrisMan287 can only hope to improve

ChrisMan287 is offline
Your internal HD is probably shot.

15" PowerBook G4, 1.67GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB HD ; 16GB iPad2.
QUOTE Thanks
harryb2448

 
harryb2448's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 28, 2007
Location: Nambucca Heads Australia
Posts: 17,144
harryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: iMac i5 2.7GHz OS X.9.4 and OS X.10

harryb2448 is offline
Trust you have everything backed up on an external drive. Boot from the system disc holding down 'C' after the chime, leave Installer and go to Utilities and run Disk Utility to find out the state of the hard drive. As ChrisMan said it is probably shot.

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Files on CD not showing in Finder | missing system preferences »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Flashing question mark on macbook screen gabe3 Apple Notebooks 2 09-10-2011 09:44 PM
Powermac G3: Flashing Folder with Question Mark. Yazure Apple Desktops 3 01-04-2011 08:12 PM
Flashing Folder with question mark imranali OS X - Operating System 10 11-20-2009 07:54 AM
Flashing folder w/ question mark! appler OS X - Operating System 7 08-30-2009 05:51 PM
Flashing folder icon and question mark footfarmer OS X - Operating System 3 08-12-2009 06:11 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:02 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?