Tried to turn on my macbook and it just gives me a folder icon

Discussion in 'macOS' started by sigh, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. sigh macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2008
    I tried to turn on my mac book and the center of the screen is just a folder with a question mark.
  2. jbrenn macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    hope you have a backup

    that is exactly what happens when the hard drive goes bad.
  3. andimaciphone macrumors member


    May 9, 2008
    Sorry that means your hard drive is dead

    This happened to me back in the summer.

    Hard drive had died, thankfully mine was still under warranty so got a replacement FOC.

    Thankfully I have a time capsule so didn't lose anything.

    Hope you have a back up as well.
  4. FJ218700 macrumors 68000


    Mar 8, 2007
    Blue Dot, Red State
    I doubt your hard drive is totally dead.

    start it up with the option key held until you get to the startup disk mode screen (grey screen with arrow icons in bottom right and left. If your HD icon pops up click on it an hit the bottom right arrow.

    if that still fails to starup OS X, start the computer holding "T", you will see a firewire symbol. Hook it up via firewire to another mac and get your data off.

    you could also try booting from the install DVD and doing a disk repair from the disk utility (in menu bar when booting off DVD)
  5. walnuts macrumors 6502a

    Nov 8, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    Is there a cd in the drive or an external drive connected? Is it possible that the macbook is trying to boot from the wrong volume?

    Edit- darn beat me to it!

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