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

  1. evelynmac macrumors newbie

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    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

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

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    Theres nothing i can do to repair it?! Please HELP!
     
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  5. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

    Cheers
     
  9. arjen92 macrumors 65816

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    sometimes it helps putting the hard drive in the fridge (cool it down). Again, it helps sometimes. http://geeksaresexy.blogspot.com/2006/01/freeze-your-hard-drive-to-recover-data.html

    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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