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Flashing folder with question mark on startup

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Fuith, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    #1
    I have a 2008 macbook air which is not booting. It was booting to a Bootcamp partition, so I tried booting to a linux live USB and repairing the partition map with Testdisk. But now, it doesn't boot at all. I have no backup of the information on the hard drive, so I would rather not format and reinstall the operating system.

    From my fairly brief stint using linux a few years ago, I can remember manually editing the startup config to select which partition I wanted to boot from. Is there anything like this I can do when booting from a Lion USB?
     
  2. macrumors 68040

    tdhurst

    #2
    Dead HD

    Dead or missing hard drive.

    Will it boot if you hold down option?
     
  3. macrumors member

    #3
    It'll boot, the hard drive is there. Testdisk read it and all the partitions. Tried a repair disk from the disk utilities of the Lion install USB, repair failed, so something's corrupt there.
     
  4. macrumors member

    #4
    sounds like the HD failed :(
     

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