Time Machine crashed computer, now it won't start up! Please help!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by scorpsjl, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. scorpsjl macrumors newbie

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    Jun 13, 2006
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    Hi,

    Here's what happened:

    My roommate just lost his data, so I realized I needed to back up. I plugged in an external hard drive (it was an internal that we put into casing bought from OWC, if that matters). I wasn't thinking about Time Machine but it displayed a message, so I said yes, backup onto the hard drive. Then while it was backing up I was just reading a document, the machine crashed. I swiveled my desk to get something and this caused the external hard drive to fall, for a second it was dangling from the USB. (I'm not sure if that's relevant but...)

    I first restart (held down the power button), since nothing was happening. At that point the hard drive was making a weird rhythmic clicking sound. Then it wouldn't start up! I tried this twice. Blank gray screen. I reset the PRAM (was that a bad idea?) and when it started again, I get a folder icon with a blinking question mark, over a gray background. Then I freaked out because this was what happened to my roommate, so I haven't touched the computer since.

    Anyone have any consolation or advice? Will I get my data back? What could have gone wrong? What to do now? (Local help centers only open on Monday..) Is it worth it to take a train for an hour to go to an apple store right now?

    Thanks!
     
  2. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    Jul 14, 2008
    #2
    To be honest, it sounds like your hard drive just failed, and the whole backup thing was a just a freaky coincidence. Hope the backup finished...
     

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