iMac won't boot after power failure

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  1. sou1 so1di3r macrumors 6502a

    sou1 so1di3r

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    One of my users' 27" iMac (a few years old) won't boot after there was a power outage in our building over the weekend.

    It just boots to the apple logo and then a gray bar fills over a period of around 10 minutes. Then when it gets all the way full the iMac shuts itself down.

    Does this mean the HDD is fried?

    the iMac is running ML, if I hold ALT while booting my only options are "EFI something" and "recovery partition"

    If I boot holding command+R, and go to disk utility, I can see the Macintosh HD. If I go to startup disk however there is nothing listed.

    I have tried verifying and repairing the disc. I unplugged all cables and held the power button. I also did the PRAM reset.

    Not sure what else I can do?
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    Something happened to the OS on the hard drive. You'll have to repair it or reinstall it.
     
  3. sou1 so1di3r thread starter macrumors 6502a

    sou1 so1di3r

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    hmmm soo... if this user was not backing up their machine, is it possible to get the data backed up still or is she SOL?
     
  4. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Maybe, maybe not..Can you access the repair utility on boot up?
    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1417?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

    You may as well try as if there are no backups then yes, a reinstallation is the other way to repair this.
     
  5. sou1 so1di3r thread starter macrumors 6502a

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