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Flashing folder with question mark on startup

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

  1. macrumors member

    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


    Dead HD

    Dead or missing hard drive.

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

    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

    sounds like the HD failed :(

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