restart question mark folder

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ecoc228, Sep 26, 2007.

  1. ecoc228 macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2007
    when i turn my computer on the grey screen comes up with a folder icon that has a question mark on it, then it goes to the regular start up with the apple and the spinning wheel, does anyone know what the question mark folder is and if its bad, how to fix it?
  2. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    Check your start up disk settings in Preferences. It's trying to access an disconnected disk. Did you ever have BootCamp installed or boot from an external drive?
  3. scburns123 macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2006
    I had a similar problem to that when I used to be in OS 8.6. The problem became more recurring as time went on. I evenutally found out that the hard drive was failing, I popped in a new one and re-installed the OS and it was as good as new.
  4. Not-a-cliche macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2007
    This happened to me once. To fix it, open up System Preferences and click on 'Startup Disk'. Now set it to Macintosh HD and you're good to go.

    The reason its happening is (for some reason, sometimes no reason) your Mac is not being told which hard drive to boot to. It's going 'WOAH! WHAT DO I DO???' when it boots instead of going 'Yo, Macintosh HD!'
  5. webgoat macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2007
    Austin, TX
    haha i love how eloquently you put that

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