MacBook will not start (question mark)

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  1. amirus15 macrumors newbie

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    I wanted to use my macs system restore so I deleted whatever was in the drive by restarting my mac and holding option + r and from there I it had an option to reinstall the os but my brother accidentally powered it off now when it turns on obviously without an os because I deleted the drive it just shows a blinking folder with a question mark in the middle of it. Any suggestions please???
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I'm hoping your Mac is on this list or newer. If it is, it has Internet recovery build into the system firmware. Hold command-option-r (all three at once) when booting. Select your wifi then you will see a spinning globe while the recovery utility downloads.

    Once that is done you should see a screen like this.

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    Use Disk Utility from this screen to erase the drive to Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Then quit Disk Util and click reinstall OS X. That will install the OS X version that came from the factory.

    Sounds like you know this, but this will of course erase any data on the drive.
     
  3. amirus15 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    when it powers on it goes immediately to a white screen for about 30 seconds, i held all those with a bunch of different combinations you name it and it still goes to the flashing question mark after like 30 seconds. Im thinking I wiped out even the data that allows me to do system restores and stuff? will getting a mac os disc work?
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    That restore system I described in the system firmware and cannot be erased. Is your system on the list I linked or newer?

    Why did you do this to begin with?
     
  5. illusionx macrumors 6502

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    MacBook will not start (question mark)

    I'm pretty sure you can get into internet recovery by holding ALT after the chime and selecting your wifi network if it is in the list of systems as mentioned above.
     
  6. amirus15 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I got into the internet part but it just says connected to it, nothing else is appearing. Just showing the internet connection and what its connect to
     
  7. illusionx macrumors 6502

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    Reset NVRAM and try again. It should show Internet recovery once successful.
    It did the same thing for me the first time I tried using it, I reset nvram and reconnected to my wifi and it worked.
     
  8. Natzoo macrumors 65816

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    did you replace your hard rive, happened to a friend when he switched to an SSD.
     
  9. hallux macrumors 68020

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    What your friend had would be indicative of a drive cable failure. It works fine at the speeds needed for a spinning drive but introduce an SSD and things go south. This could be the case for the OP also, even if they didn't replace the drive.
     

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