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    Exclamation mac flashing folder on startup cant find disk.
    my 2007 imac running mountain lionwould only show a flashing question mark folder when i would start up the computer. i tried holding alt during the startup but it didnt do anything. i bought a copy of snow leopard to install and it got me past the startup but on the installation it is asked me to select the disk where i wanted to install it but no disks showed up. can someone please help me to get my computer working again?

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    G'day and welcome to the forums.

    Rather than Option try and boot into ML Recovery and run Repair Disk from there as it does sound like your hard drive is failing. As you have Snow Leopard, boot from the DVD, leave Installer, go into Utilities > Disk utility > Repair Disk and see what is reported. Also have a read of this link on using recovery:-

    OS X: About OS X Recovery
    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!

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    command r is not taking me to disk utility or anywhere.

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    what else can i do?

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    Your hard drive has died which is why command + r or booting from the Snow Leopard disk can not see it. The cure is to replace the hard drive which is not an easy task to do on an iMac. Hopefully you have a backup so that your data is not lost.

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    could i use an external hardrive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bendixon110 View Post
    could i use an external hardrive?
    Yes, you could operate the iMac from an external hard drive but it will be slower than from an internal drive.

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