Help please for my mac i dont know whats wrong please enter

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by evelynmac, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. evelynmac macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2011
    Hi Everyone. Im new here, and I dont know how this works.
    So here it goes my problem, 2 days ago I clean up my mac and deleted some stuff and installed others. So yesterday when I woke up, I used my computer a little while, and then while I was importing videos on iMovie so i left for breakfast for like 1 an a halh hours. Thats when the problem shows up, i went to the computer and it was off, so i turned it on, but when the apple logo it was going to come by, a strange blinking folder with an interrogation mark on it, appeared on the gray screen. I searched on a lot of forums so I tried reseting the PRAM or whatever its called but it didnt work, obviously i tried like thousand times but nothing, then i tried using the iMac installer disk, and everything seemed to work, the blinking folder was gone but when i put it repair disk, everything was normal and working great, but when i try opening it with the hard drive i does not appearr, what should i do? I dont know what else to try, i repair and verify the disk like thousand times, i dont care to loose all of my info, well obviously i rather not loose it, but i just want it to be on!! please help me im deseperate, I do not have a backup in TimeMachine so i dont know. And i does not appear on the startup system de hard drive!! I would appreaciate all the help as possible. Thanks.
  2. Cabbit macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2006
    Sounds like the hard drive is dead, book in the local Apple store for replacement.
  3. evelynmac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2011
    Theres nothing i can do to repair it?! Please HELP!
  4. evelynmac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2011
  5. michael.lauden macrumors 68020


    Dec 25, 2008
    Sounds like a good question to ask your Apple store 'genius'.

    Not that I do, but I hope this thread provides some insight to what working in customer service is like.
  6. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    I'm a little short on magic potions. It's a machine. Machines break. When it's your car, you take it to an auto mechanic. Your computer problem, according to a few of the posts above, is not analogous to your car needing air in its tires, or a quart of oil. You've got a bigger problem, and need an expert to look at it.
  7. logana macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    How old is the iMac ?

    It is almost certainly a dead/dying hard disk.

    You may get lucky and be able to recover your files from it but I would not want to put money on it.....
  8. davedee65 macrumors regular


    Apr 7, 2010
    What had you been deleting? Anything relating to the system or library folders? The icon you're seeing can also indicate that the computers operating system has been corrupted/messed with, and a valid startup folder can't be found to start up from.

    Have you tried re installing OS X from the boot discs?

    If however when you try this your hard drive is not visible etc then I'm afraid it's a dead drive. You could try using Disc Warrior to recover your files. I had one go on me a year ago and Warrior got most of my stuff back.

  9. arjen92 macrumors 65816


    Sep 9, 2008
    Below sea level
    sometimes it helps putting the hard drive in the fridge (cool it down). Again, it helps sometimes.

    We had the same sign on our iMac (24") during start up. Hard drive was dead (and some more stuff too if I remember correct). It wasn't even a year old.

    Before that it already had some problems starting up. Letting it cool down sometimes helped. I decided to make a TM back-up.

    But finally (after it wouldn't start up) we just send it in for repairs. Pretty happy I got the back-up.

    If you have too much money you might want to get your hard drive to a specialised company to get the data from your hard drive. I can remember that it's more than 400 dollars, but prices might even start in the thousands of dollars.

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