Is my HDD dead? Flashing Folder Icon, Not working with start-up Discs.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by iheartthehero, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. iheartthehero macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2009
    'Kay so, my iBook G4 (Who I refer to as the Macasuarus, becuase it looks so ancient next to my brothers shiny new iBook!) is not responding to anything...

    -Not the several install discs that it has with it. (Yes it has several, Yes they're all different and No I don't know which one - which OS - is currently installed on it!)

    -It makes a grinding sound every-once-and-a-while.

    -The HDD sometimes works...

    For instance...
    I would press down the button with the apple on it for a real long time and it would boot up properly, but only sometimes. Or once Option-Apple-P-R worked and even pressing C worked...

    I really need a computer that is mobile at the moment, so could someone please, please help. And my other laptop just broke today too, coincidently with a dead HDD but it's a Compaq so meh.

    Please put these (Your help) in terms any 17 year old girl can figure out. I'm really not techy.

  2. kornyboy macrumors 68000

    Sep 27, 2004
    Knoxville, TN (USA)
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5H11 Safari/525.20)

    It does sound like you have a dead HDD. You can always check it by sticking an OSX disc in and booting up by holding the "C" key down then running disk utility on it.

    I hope this helps.

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