Starting Up with Flashing Folder with Question Mark

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kikobarbada, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. kikobarbada macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2007

    Yesterday I was watching some movies I have legally downloaded via iTunes and suddenly the computer paralized. I forced it to shut down, and then while booting, a flashing folder comes with a question mark inside it. I can't get past that.

    I have tried to use Disk Utility in the install disc but the drive does not appear in Disk Utility.

    What other things can I do?

  2. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
  3. joegomolski macrumors 6502


    Apr 28, 2006
    So CA
    Starting Up with Flashing Folder with Question Mark

    First make sure you have a current backup of your user files.

    Before buying a new HDD. Reinstall your operating system.

    The flashing folder with a question mark, in my opinion, is probably telling you that there is a corrupt file in your system. Files can become corrupted in in a number of ways, like while downloading.

    You can't find or fix corrupt files. At least I know of no method.

    So I'd recommend you reinstall your OS X system, and see if that corrects the problem.
  4. techruss macrumors newbie


    Jan 1, 2008
    Rowlett, TX
    Flashing Question Mark Folder

    I am having the same issue. After a ton of searching google and forums it appears that I am going to have to break down and talk to someone at apple. I believe that this may truly be a Hard Drive failure as 1. When trying to reinstall or even just repairing the disk, it does not recognize the hard drive whatsoever and 2. I recently read (in this forum) about an issue with the Macbook and Macbook Pro Hard drives having a problem and Apple acknowledging this. :eek:

    I guess we will see what Apple says. Any other folks that has had and resolved this issue in the past?

  5. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    make sure you have the right start up drive selected. i had that problem and that was my issue
  6. TraustiB macrumors member

    Nov 27, 2007
    Reykjavík, Iceland

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