mac os x installer cant find hard drive!

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  1. jhbb macrumors newbie

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    hey guys, i'm really hoping some one can help me out here!
    a few hours ago my macbook screen froze and when i tried to restart it this folder with a question mark flashed on screen. I found the mac os x installation cd that came with the laptop and am trying to reinstall but when it tells me to select a destination nothing comes up and i have no idea what do to try find my hardrive! help please!
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    If it can't find it, it's probably a dead drive. You need to buy a new hard drive.
     
  3. jhbb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hard drive isn't showing up disk utility, just the installation disk...
     
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  5. jhbb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    well i guess this means I've just lost all my files right? this sucks. any idea on why this happens??? i've had this macbook for 2 years and until a few hours ago i've never had any problems with it
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    You could try a file recovery software like Data Rescue or File Salvage, or even a professional file recovery service, if the software does not work.
    HDDs can fail anytime, thus you should have at least one backup of your important files. I have two backups of my important files, in case one or even two HDDs fail.
    Btw, a friend of mine just had his HDD crash after roughly two years of use. HDDs can fail anytime, thus backup rigorously.
     
  7. jhbb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the help, this'll teach me to start backing up all my stuff I guess. my applecare is still valid so I guess I'll take it in and get them to replace the hard drive for me
     

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