Flashing folder with a question mark

dacoolest

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Nov 11, 2011
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Hi, my friend has an old macbook pro with Leopard installed. Recently it stopped booting up and started displaying a flashing folder icon with a question mark in it after few seconds of a empty white screen. In the same time, it produces a clicking noise as well.

He has lost his install disks as well.

Any suggestions/tips would would be highly appreciated. Thanks.
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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Hi, my friend has an old macbook pro with Leopard installed. Recently it stopped booting up and started displaying a flashing folder icon with a question mark in it after few seconds of a empty white screen. In the same time, it produces a clicking noise as well.
This may help, if you haven't seen them already:
He has lost his install disks as well.
He can order replacement discs for his model by calling Apple (800-767-2775 in the US).
 

dacoolest

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Nov 11, 2011
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This may help, if you haven't seen them already:

He can order replacement discs for his model by calling Apple (800-767-2775 in the US).
Thanks for the reply. I followed almost all instructions there but still I couldn't get it working.

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Most likely the HDD has died.
Thank you for replying here. Yes, I will get the HDD replaced.
 

Grazey16

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Oct 7, 2014
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Grazey

My macbook OSX 10.5 has done this twice. First time I tried all the tips and tricks without formatting the HD. All no good. I left it untouched for some weeks and then it came good on switch on. This morning same thing - grey folder of death and HD clicking. Sounded like the drive was stuck or hunting. I then thumped the MacBook on my knee and it booted up normally.
It is quite probable that eventually I will have to make the treck to the Apple shop for a new computer when my "fix' fails. Sometimes brute force works when all else fails.
 
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