Blinking Folder at startup!>!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by laughingbabe16, Dec 24, 2007.

  1. laughingbabe16 macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2006
    So I just woke up from a nap 10 minutes ago, went to my computer, and clicked on the ichat icon. it froze, which was weird, but really thought nothing of it. so, i went to force shut down the computer (holding down the power botton for a few seconds). i restarted it, then there was a blank white screen for about 4 mins, which came to a blinking folder with a question mark!! what is this??

    Tried re-setting the PRAM, i think thats the correct wording, but nothing happened.

    Put in my mac installation disk, went through the whole thing, up until select destination and there was nothing. So, I went to Utilities, and disk utility, no hard drive is to be found! Looks like my H.D crapped out after 2 years. Thank god I have apple care and backed up everything on my external.
  2. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    Your computer can't find an OS to boot from. Try restarting from your System disk, then go to System Preferences > Startup Disk and make sure something is selected.
  3. laughingbabe16 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2006
    the only 2 options for the start up disk would be:

    1) from the install disk

    2) the network startup

    Nothing of "Nikki's HD" or similar
  4. iMpathetic macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
    Well, I hate to be the one to say this, but your hard drive is finito.
  5. laughingbabe16 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2006
    yeah. already made an appointment for wed. 26th in the morning.

    the next big question, how do i get my install disk out?

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