Full Startup Disc. Unable to start MacBook.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by anab85, May 21, 2010.

  1. anab85 macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2010
    Good day! I am new to the forum and so far have learnt a few things about my Mac. I have a problem tho. For the last few days, my MacBook had been giving me warning about the startup disc being full. Since then, I have taken steps to free up some space by deleting files and creating archives.
    However, today, when I switched on my Mac today, nothing came on except a picture of a folder and a "?" on it. My question is, what can I do to start/restart my Mac and is there anything else I can do to free up my Startup disc.

    Thank you for any assistance. :)
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    The flashing question mark means your machine can't find the boot drive with OS X on it. To shut your computer off hold the power button for a few seconds until the screen goes dark and you can hear it power down.
  3. Satori macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2006
    You can boot from the installation DVD that came with your MB - just press the 'c' key for a while when you hit the power key. The install disk with have "Disk Utility" to help you diagnose and repair faults with your HD and then you (hopefully!) will be able to free up some space by deleting files.
  4. anab85 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2010
    Thank you very much... Will try with the disc now. :)

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