SSD won't boot, flashing folder

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Blinny83, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. Blinny83 macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2011
    Installed a Crucial SSD as a second hard drive in my 2011 21.5" iMac a few months ago using the OWC kit. It's been working fine up until a week ago. Started getting the error that I had "disconnected a disk without ejecting" when waking from sleep. Random beach balls and unresponsive.

    Well today it crashed and wouldn't restart, so I forced it by long pressing the sleep button. When it restarted I got the flashing question mark folder. Tried to run the recovery partition, same flashing folder.

    Ended up restoring a time machine backup to the original hdd and formatting the ssd. My question is this, before I go tearing the thing apart again, is it possible that my ssd came unseated, or that I have a bad cable? Or is the SSD shot? Is there a way I can tell without opening the iMac again? Thanks.
  2. billib macrumors member


    Apr 23, 2009
    ? and System Won't Boot

    I assume a Folder with a "?" appeared
    instead of your Mac Booting. The Question
    Mark on a Folder usually means that your
    Operating System couldn't be found so your
    Logic Board couldn't load it. I had the "?"
    on Boot in the past and it was my Logic
    Board failing. It may not be that in your
    case though. It could be a failing Hard Drive
    or a failing System Bus. It could also be
    something simple like a bad (week)
    connection of the SATA Cable thats
    connects to your Hard Drive.

    From what you've described it sounds
    like your SSD is failing or has failed.
  3. paul-n macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2012
    Your described issue sounds like a hardware failure. Can you try to boot your system with a thumbdrive or cd. Then you can check if only the OS is dead or the whole drive.

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