Flashing folder icon on startup

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Jetheat, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. Jetheat macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2008
    I had a slow running imac so i rebooted it.

    It wouldn't start. Instead, it showed a flashing folder icon.

    The apple genius said that the hdd had gone.

    So i bought another and installed it myself.

    Now, after bootup, i still get the same flashing icon.

    I don't have the Lion CDs coz I downloaded the OS.

    Resetting PRam and pressing option+R did nothing.

    Any ideas?

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You didn't mention what Mac model you have or if it came with Lion preinstalled. If so, you can use Lion Internet Recovery.

    OS X Lion: About Lion Recovery
    Apple - OS X Lion Recovery - Introducing Lion Recovery
  3. Jetheat thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2008
    Sorry, I got it about 6 years ago and initially it had leopard. I upgraded to snow leopard and then to lion.

    I dont thnk i can use internet recovery coz my computer is too old for that.

    I have a iMac 24 inch.

    Any suggestions?


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