Start up blinking question mark with a folder

Discussion in 'iMac' started by atomicx90, May 15, 2012.

  1. atomicx90 macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2012
    All of a sudden I start up my iMac G5 and there a folder with a blinking question mark and is there any cheap and easy way on just rebooting the whole computer.
    Please help

  2. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
  3. johto macrumors 6502


    Jan 15, 2008
    Yeah, its either mechanical failure of the disk, or just your boot files / system files are corrupted. You should try to boot with the installation CD, and check if you see your disk with the disk utility. If you see it, try verify/repair, if that fails, try erase/reinstall.

    If you dont see your disk. Its 100% foobared, you need to replace the disk.
  4. flatfoot macrumors 65816

    Aug 11, 2009
    The folder with a blinking question mark means that there was no boot drive found.
    Try pressing and holding the alt/option key after turning it on. All available boot drives should be displayed. If none is shown, your internal hard drive is probably dead.
    If your internal drive is displayed, click it and it should boot. Then go to Apple Menu --> System Preferences --> Start Volume and make sure it is selected. This way it should be found on startup automatically.

    If you want to replace the internal drive, it depends on which model iMac G5 you have whether you need to get a 3.5" PATA or SATA drive.

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