Flashing folder with questionmark?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by beanie-19, Jul 20, 2008.

  1. beanie-19 macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2008
    earlier this week i came home to find my macbook pro 15" slightly out of shape due to my girlfriend somehow falling onto it. I turned it on and it worked so i thought nothing of it and just gathered a few things into a folder to move to my imac later. i then turned it off and came back to it later on to find the questionmark folder screen.

    As i came more for the work on the laptop and not the laptop itself i tried to rescue the contents of it with a firewire connected from my imac to macbook but nothing happens, it wont connect with the harddrive of the macbook.

    Is there any way at all that i can remove the harddrive from my macbook and connect it to my imac like an external harddrive, JUST to get my files back? or is this not possible? :(
  2. TheReef macrumors 68000


    Sep 30, 2007
    NSW, Australia.
    The flashing question mark usually signifies a dead drive or corrupt boot volume to that would be why you can't use target disk mode. You should take it into Apple and see what they can do. You might end up having to take the drive to a data recovery specialist.

    If you boot from the restore CD's, does the drive appear in disk utility?
  3. MacNewbie03 macrumors regular


    Jul 3, 2007
    Hicksville, OH (Northwest Ohio)
    Did you you turn off the Macbook and then connect the firewire, then restart Macbook while holding down the 'T' key??
  4. agentphish macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2004
    Yeah, try target Disk mode and get your hands on Data Rescue II.

    See if you can at least get your stuff off.

    Then you could try DriveGenius or DiskWarrior to see if you can repair the boot volume if that's the issue. If you can't then you more than likely need a new hard disk.

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