Blinking Folder with Question Mark

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bimmertt, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2012
    I have a 2009 Macbook Pro with the Toshiba 256GB SSD. OS is Lion. The computer froze on my yesterday and my only way out was a hard reset. Upon booting back up, I was taken to a gray screen and after a minute or so I got the blinking folder with the question mark. This is all it does now. I have tried almost everything I have found on the net and nothing is working.

    The only thing that almost worked was when I pressed command + r upon booting up. This took me to the screen with the disk utility. I did a disk check and it mentioned that something was corrupted and then froze for a long time. I have not had any luck getting back to this screen.

    The odd thing is that almost everything seems to be accessible through HFSExplorer when I connect the drive to my PC. I do get a lot of sporadic errors when I try to copy stuff over, but I was able to successfully retrieve files using this method. This has me wondering if the drive is really bad or could it possibly be something else such as the hard drive cable. I know my battery also needs to be replaced and I am wondering if that is contributing to this issue.

    Before I spend money on a new battery, new HD cable, and possibly a new HD, I figured I would ask here as this can get quite expensive. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. macrumors regular


    Oct 26, 2007
    Boston, MA
    The drive is failing. Since it hasn't completely failed yet try to copy as much of your data that you want to keep.

    Only solution is a new drive.
  3. macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2012
    Signs of a failing hard drive:
    1) Blinking folder with question mark
    2) White screen

    My reply in another thread:
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2012
    So much for SSDs being more reliable...

    I just purchased a new HD. How do I get back up and running if I do not have the installation disk? How do I go about formatting the new hd? Thanks!
  5. macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2012
    You'll need the installation disk to run Disk Utility to format the new drive by zero-ing the free space as "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)".

    Go to the Apple Store and a Genius will help you format and install your OS with their network cable.

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