File with question mark!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by johnsosn, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. johnsosn macrumors member

    Apr 24, 2009
    Hi. Can anyone help?

    I have one of the early unibody Macbook Pro's.

    Today when I switched it on, it spent a long time on the grey screen, then showed a sign in the middle of the screen of a File with a question mark in the middle.

    This sign was just flashing with the grey screen in the background.

    I re-started and the machine booted as normal. Obviously, I am a little concerned.

    Does it sound likely that it's a harddrive problem?

    Many thanks in advance

  2. johnsosn thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 24, 2009
  3. movieboy23 macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2007
    If none of those solutions work for you, take the machine into an Authorized Service Provider as you may be experiencing a failing hard drive. I would suggest ASPs because they usually do a better and quicker job than the Apple Stores.
  4. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    That sounds like a hardware problem. If you don't have a Time Machine backup yet, it is now very very urgent to get one. Any cheap 1 TB USB hard drive will do fine. Not having a backup is criminal.
  5. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    it just means it cant find the os to boot form, could be as simple as reselecting the startup disk

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