Getting the Folder Question Mark - Click Noise at Boot - Won't Boot

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by ATL Golfer, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. ATL Golfer macrumors newbie

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    Sounds like the clicking noise is coming from the hard drive.

    We've been using time machine as back-up on an external. If it is just the hard drive being dead, will I be able to boot off of external and load everything (files and application/programs) back on eternal?

    I wanted to get a bigger hard drive anyways, but does that sound like the problem?

    Thanks,
    ATL
     
  2. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

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    Yep, sounds like the drive is dead. You can't boot from a time machine backup though.
     
  3. ATL Golfer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How would I boot?

    Its also sounds like the noise is coming from the upper right section of the keybaord (optical area)....there is also a faint beeb noise as well (vveeep...vveep...vvveep).
     
  4. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    Kippered drive most likely.

    To restore from Time Machine you'll need to boot the machine from an OS X DVD. Press and hold C when you hear the chime and the Mac will startup from the DVD (which takes a while longer than the HDD).
     
  5. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

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    Install a new hard drive.
    Use the install DVD to re-install the OS.
    During the install, select recover from a time machine backup.

    This does a fresh install of the OS, but loads all of your users and personal data.
     
  6. ATL Golfer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks everyone. Hopefully this will do the trick. Going to buy a new HD tomorrow.

    Now I just need a OS disk. Last disk we used was an upgrade disk and not a full OS.
     
  7. ATL Golfer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just thought I'd report that the Apple Store came through.

    They are grossly overcharging me for the hard drive, however, they threw in free labor and are going to replace the bezel for free as well which was out of warranty. $132 (US) at the end of the day. I can live with that.
     
  8. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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  9. Rlhurley macrumors newbie

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    Solution

    This happens to mine every few weeks. This works for me:

    1. Power off computer.
    2. Unplug computer.
    3. Remove battery.
    4. Press power button for 10 seconds.
    5. Reinsert batter.
    6. Plug back in.
    7. Power up.
    8. Voila!
     
  10. nromanek macrumors newbie

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    Perfect

    Thank you, thank you. This worked perfectly!...

     

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