MacBook Pro :: Getting Flashing Folder With ? When Starting Up

Apr 10, 2012

Getting flashing folder with ? When booting up

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7)


OS X :: MacBook Not Starting (Flashing Question Mark Pop Up)

Dec 5, 2006

My Macbook wont start up. A folder with a question pop up. Tried C Key and TDM.

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Jul 4, 2012

i have recently bought a macbook white late 2009 from amazon,the macbook came without a hardrive and when i bought one all that came up is a flashing folder with a '?' following the guides online i bought a mac osx snow leopard disc to try and fix the problem but when i insert the disk on a reboot it just ejects, iv tried holding c on the reeboot but it still does the same thing,


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MacBook Pro :: Cannot Create DMG After Getting Flashing Folder At Startup

Mar 29, 2010

Anyway I got the flashing folder error, booted from the snow leopard install disc and want to get a dmg of my hd so I can recover files if possible. I get Input/output error while trying to create the dmg. I get invalid b tree node size error when verifying and I can't repair it.

Is there another way to backup at this point or salvage files without buying/using other software? I'm at college so resources are limited. I don't have a backup so it's fairly important that I can somehow recover files. Also I've tried resetting PRAM with no luck. Is the drive busted beyond repair or is there something I can do?

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MacBook Pro :: Flashing Folder File On Boot Up?

Mar 19, 2012

I have a flashing file folder wheni boot up my MacBook pro

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MacBook Pro :: (mid 09)/ Folder With A Flashing Question Mark?

Apr 11, 2012

My MBP (mid 09) is showing a folder with a flashing question mark. I tried the usual things like PRAM Reset and booting with a external drive. I also changed the hard drive and could use it as a external drive on an other Mac - so this seems to work. Another drive could not be used too. The Apple Hardware Test does not work - my Super-drive is broken.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2), MBP mid 09

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MacBook Pro :: Flashing Folder Question Mark?

Jun 15, 2012

My wifes mac book worked fine yesterday and earlier today. During her last session (probably surfing the net) mac locked up. She attempted to restart it and now she has a flashing folder with a question mark. Of course the HD is full of info, pictures etc.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6)

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MacBook :: Flashing Folder With Question Mark?

Jun 30, 2012

I have a problem at the start up of the Macbook. It shows a flashing folder with a question mark. I don't have the installation disk that came with it. It was running Leopard OS X 10.5.8. If I buy Snow Leopard OS X 10.6, will it work?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)

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MacBook Air :: Flashing Folder Error Keeps On Appearing?

Jul 2, 2012

My Macbook Air has been working fine up until recently. Now all of a sudden I get a white screen and a flashing folder on start up. I've looked into this on the support forums and found nothing.  The following did nothing for me and I can't get to Disk Utility:

Pressing Option+C

Pressing Option+D

Resetting VPROT. 

However I thought I had some Joy with Option+R. It gets to the Internet recovery stream but then won't connect to any network. I have no Bootable version of MacOSX and can't create a copy on USB because the only other computer I have is a PC.Specs: Macbook Air (2011), 2GB Ram, 64GB SSD, i5 Processor, Mac OS X Lion.

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MacBook Pro :: Won't Startup - Folder With Flashing Question Mark?

Jun 18, 2007

well i just got back from vacation and I tried turning on my macbook, but it wouldn't startup. it made a clicking noise and all that appeared was a white screen and a folder with a flashing question mark inside it. I then put in the apple disk it came with and went to 'disk utility,' but it wasn't able to find my hard drive. Is there any way of retrieving the data on my hard drive, or even better, fixing my macbook? luckily, for me, my warranty just expired while I was on vacation, and I'm not able to talk to apple customer service without paying 50 bucks.

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MacBook :: Flashing Question Mark Folder On Start Up?

Sep 1, 2009

I have a 13" unibody MacBook running 10.5.8

When I start it up I get the Apple "chime" then the flashing folder with a question mark. Have tried all the standard procedures, ie. reset PRam, try to reboot i safe mode, single use mode etc... to no avail.

I can reboot from the install drive.

When I go to disk utilities my System Hard Drive shows up, passes Repair Disk Permissions as well as Repair Disk.

I can even go into Images>Scan Image for Restore and see all the files on my HD are still there - Documents, Photos, Apps, Desktop, Music. It shows how many folders and files there are. I can aslo go into System Profiler from the startup disk and the HD structure seems fine. So, I don't believe I have a catastrophic HD failure, but something else with hardware etc... Is there a ROM chip on a Mac that holds boot info similar to a Windows machine that has a BIOS chip? IF so, has anyone heard of these going bad?

I am not a hardware guru, but it seems it is not reading the startup files. So, I reinstalled the system using Archive my data and it still will not boot. I really need to save the data off this HD. It is under warranty.

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OS X :: MacBook Not Booting (Folder With Flashing Question Mark)

Feb 11, 2010

My MacBook was fine until it fell last night. It wasn't a big fall. It had actually been very close to the floor, but now when I try to start it a flashing folder with a question mark shows up. There is no clicking noise. It makes the sound like it is going to start. I started it up while holding the option key and Macintosh HD shows up with an arrow underneath it. However, when I click on the arrow, it freezes, eventually disappears and then the computer shuts down.

I am currently in Spain and my installation discs that came with my computer are back in the US. Is my best bet to have someone send me them or is that not even going to help? I also read a post that someone took out their hard drive, reseated it and then when they turned their computer back on everything was fine. Could this be a possibility? Would I need my installation discs after doing that?

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MacBook :: Flashing Folder With Question Mark On Startup?

Jul 14, 2010

I've had my mac for about a year after someone gave it to me. I think it's pretty old, I'd say about 5 years maybe. Its using snow leopard right now. I was on safari yesterday and once I opened my email the computer froze. Mouse and everything. So I held the power button down to turn it off and when I turned it back on there was a flashing folder with a ? on it. I looked this up on google but every thing I found told me to put a disk in the computer. I can't do this because I don't have the disk and the disk drive is broken anyway.

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MacBook :: White Screen With File Folder Flashing?

Mar 12, 2012

I was given a MacBook 13" laptop, new to apple computers though. At first I was told the laptop itself did not power on. I charged it overnight, and it will come on, however, only to a white screen with a file folder in the middle with a ? mark in the file folder.  I googled the screen and got several choices, start in save mode, did nothing. I called apple, since it is a 2006 model computer, it is of course out of support, but she emailed me articles to follow directions.  None of them did anything, since it was given to me I do not have the start up disks, just the laptop  and the charger.  I did notice that out of all the steps the only thing that did anything different was the "reset NVRAM/PRAM"  it made speakers make a sound as it was starting up. Thats all it just still went to white screen and file folder. 

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MacBook Pro :: Flashing Folder With Question Mark When Try To Start Up?

Mar 19, 2012

Today my I had used my macbook like normal and all of the sudden it was frozen for an extended period of time and would not respond so I had to hit the power button. When I turned it back on a folder with a question mark flashed on the screen. I did some troubleshooting and tried "safe booting" but it took forever and it didn't fix anything. I don't have my original installation DVD because I am a college student at home for spring break and it is at my house back at school.

MacBook Pro

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MacBook Pro :: Flashing Folder With Question Mark Comes Up At Startup?

Apr 16, 2012

I turned on my computer this morning (it has been working fine until then) and a flashing folder with a "?" appears.  White screen.  I don't know what to do, I held the Alt key at startup and that just gets me to a gray screen with my mouse. 

MacBook Pro

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MacBook :: Won't Start, Instead A Picture Of A File Folder With A ? On It Keeps Flashing?

May 6, 2012

my macbook won't start, instead a picture of a file folder with a ? on it keeps flashing

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MacBook Pro :: 13 Inch Flashing Folder And Question Mark?

May 24, 2012

when i restarted my computer last night a white screen appeared with a flashing folder and a question mark.  I'm just trying to determine what the issue is, is the hard drive shot? I've inserted my installation disc to re download the software but it will not recognize anywhere to download the software to...

MacBook Pro

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MacBook Pro :: It Won't Boot, A Folder With A Question-mark Keeps Flashing

Jun 20, 2012

My macbook won't boot. A folder with a questionmark keeps flashing...What do I do, so I don't lose my documents?If I send it to reperation, will they see the last thing I did on it? Cause it was quite private...

MacBook Pro, MacOS X (10.5)

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OS X :: MacBook Dropped - Flashing Folder Icon With Question Mark

Sep 7, 2010

I dropped my MacBook from a fairly low height the other day. Now when it boots up, the Flashing Folder-? Icon pops up. bummer. I've read around and tried everything I can find to try. I've read over posts such as: [URL]. Nothing works. My only problem is that I can't get it to boot the DVD startup disk at all. Everything I try ends with the disk being kicked out of the drive, or spinning for a while and then doing nothing.

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OS X :: Macbook Will Not Start It Starts Up With A Flashing Folder With A Question Mark?

Sep 22, 2010

my Macbook wont start-up. When I switch it on it comes up with a flashing folder with a question mark in. I have been advised to start from my Mac OS X installation disk.

However, the website says "Insert your Mac OS X installation disc (if you have discs with both versions, use whichever is closest to the Mac OS X version installed on your Mac; do not use a startup disc which came with a different Mac or which contains an earlier version of Mac OS X)."

My original installation disks are Mac OS X 10.4. But I have been upgrading my system. My last upgrade was to Mac OS X 10.6.

Which disk do I use? Do I use the 10.6, as this is the one with the current operating system or do I use 10.4 as this was the original disk that was bought with the macbook.

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MacBook :: All Of A Sudden Screen Stays Gray And Flashing Folder With '?' On It

Apr 11, 2012

All of a sudden screen stays gray and flashing folder with "?" on it


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MacBook Pro :: Flashing Folder With Question Mark - Macintosh HD Not Showing Up

May 21, 2012

I turned off my macbook pro last night, then when I went to turn it on this morning, I got a flashing folder with a question mark. So I ran lion internet recovery. Disk utility came up and so I tried to repair the disk and reinstall lion osx, the problem is my mac HD isn't showing up, so I couldn't run either. I haven't turned off my mac in a few weeks, I usually just put it to sleep at night or let it go idle. How to back-up my files.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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MacBook Pro :: Flashing Folder At Startup, Disc Utility Can't Repair It

Jun 8, 2012

There's a flashing folder at startup and won't boot. I've tried the disk utility on the install cd but it cannot be repaired. It repaired it once, but when restarted it happened again. Ive also tried to reset the pram (not ire if thats what its called) and tried recovery hd, but those didnt work either. I want to backup my files, mainly pictures, but don't know how or if it's even possible through disc utility.  

MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2009), Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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MacBook Air :: Flashing Folder Sign With Question Mark After Reset?

Jun 15, 2012

I did reset my MacBook Air; then it is just giving me a flashing folder sign with a question mark.

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MacBook :: Dropped Black Book - Flashing Folder With Question Mark

Sep 1, 2010

I dropped my BlackBook, and now when I start it up its stays gray screen for a little while, and then a folder with a flashing question mark comes up. I researched it and it said to run off the restore disk and then run disk repair. Well I did, and I got "Invalid Node Structure, Volume check failed. Error: Filesystem verify or repair failed." I even tried going in to single-user mode with CMD+S, but it didn't do it. Same with safe mode. Could DiskWarrior help me or is my hard drive permanently damaged from the impact? Do I have to erase and restore? Or will that not even work?

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MacBook :: Snow Leopard Boots To Flashing Question Mark Folder

Sep 15, 2009

Over the weekend I install Snow Leopard on my MacBook and all went fine and it rebooted automatically after Snow Leopard was installed. However on Sunday when I turned on the MacBook it booted and all I had was a flashing folder with a question mark. I have read several suggestion and so far have tried:

1)Holding down different keys (C, D & X) to specify the disk but it doesn't seem to find the hard drive at this points
2)Booting from a flash drive & Install DVD and use Disk Utility to verify/repair the disk
3) re-install Snow Leopard
4) re-install Leopard
5) Erase hard drive and re-install Leopard
6) Reset PARM (?) Think that's what it was called...
7) remove hardward and re-install (memory & Hard Drive)

The hard drive appears and shows as verified in DU and repair does not give any errors but if I try to boot using the hard drive, I get the flashing "?" I've tried re-installs of the OS but once it's done and reboots I get the flashing "?" I just can't seem to get by the problem but the hard drive appears "OK" when verified or repaired.

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MacBook Air :: Getting A Flashing Folder With Question Mark, Cannot Restart From USB Recovery Stick

Apr 14, 2012

Had to perform disc repair a couple of weeks ago and reinstall to defaults. At that time had spinning wheel when trying to start. Now have flashing folder icon with question mark, and cannot enter utilities or start from recovery USB.

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Retrieve Data From Macbook Pro That Has Flashing Folder With ? Mark In It To A Brand New IMac

May 16, 2012

I want to do a data recovery of my 15" MBP that has the flashing folder w/ ? mark in it, to an iMac 21.4"; how can i go about that?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6)

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MacBook :: Unable To Complete Boot - White Screen With Flashing Folder Appears

Sep 13, 2010

I woke up to my MacBook fan going nuts. Had an error message on the screen that said something about a disk error. The machine wouldn't do anything (force quit, launch app) so I hard powered down. Now.....NOTHING. All I get is the white screen, followed by the flashing folder. Here is what I have tried so far.

I already booted from the restore cd that came with it and opened disk utility. The hard drive shows up as something like disk1 but not "Macintosh HD."Tried to repair permissions and got an error message. Thought then to do an archive and install......and the HDD isn't even a viable option to install the OS on.

I had the original (but smaller) HDD that came with my MacBook, so I put it back in and everything booted up just fine and is back up and running. (Thank God for MobleMe that had all my contacts, etc on it). But I still have some info on that other HDD that I need. I ordered a usb enclosure for the drive to maybe try some recovery, but it seems to me that the HDD failed or something. Is there anything else I can do?

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OS X :: Flashing Folder Can't Find HD?

Apr 11, 2010

I have tried to repair the disk using disk utility but I am getting Filesystem verify or repair failed message. When trying to reinstall OS X, my hard drive never shows up. I cannot boot in safe mode.

This all happened after I came back from a week vacation. I shut the computer down before I left and when I came back, I got the flashing folder with the ? mark in it.

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OS X :: Flashing Mac Folder With Question Mark

Mar 4, 2009

I recently purchased a Quicksilver machine from the original buyer. It came equipped with Panther. After getting it online I contracted a virus (should have loaded an antivirus program first). So I did a hard shutdown, since I couldn't close anything. When I restarted I went to options and made a bonehead move in selecting something that doesn't let me restart any farther than a "flashing folder with a Mac icon and question mark on it. How to rectify this?

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OS X :: Flashing Mac Folder With Question Mark

Jun 3, 2009

I am getting the flashing mac folder with the question mark when trying to boot up. It started the reboot after I (unsuccessfully) tried to remove iTunes 8.2 so I could go back to 8.1. I was following some instructions from another site, but interpreted the code to be segmented and not to be entered as one large command. So I entered this into terminal while iTunes was still running. "sudo rm -rf /Applications/ /System/Library". I think the system was hanging, so rebooted the computer and that's when this started. I can't enter single user mode, diskwarrior has rebuilt the directory successfully, but no luck. I'm on a 12" Powerbook 1.5GHz with 1.25 GB RAM, Leopard 10.5.7.

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OS X :: Flashing Folder With Question Mark?

Nov 2, 2009

Basically, I hadn't used my MBP in a couple of days and it was sitting there in sleep mode and I thought nothing was wrong but I came to use it today and it had frozen so I restarted it only to have a flashing folder with a question mark appear.

I Googled around a bit and I thought that a quick repair disk in Disk Utility would fix it as it has for others but when I tried that I get this error:


Invalid B-tree node size.

Volume check failed.

Error: Filesystem verify or repair failed.

This is a mid '09 Macbook Pro (specs in sig) so something going wrong with it was the last thing I expected, especially the hard drive.

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OS X :: Flashing Question Mark With Folder At Startup?

Jan 2, 2010

I have a 13" Macbook that I bought when they first came out and upgraded to OSX a couple years ago. It's been running fine until a couple days ago when I turned it on and it was displaying a folder with a flashing question mark. I immediately went online to get suggestions for rememdies, but so far none of them seem to be working. When I insert the installation disc it gets recognized, but pretty much all options for reinstalling are grayed out. I hooked up my external hard drive that has my backups on it, but don't know what to do from there. Like many people, I haven't backed up my files for a few months, and there are docs in there that I'd prefer not to have to lose. I've noted that this seems to be a rather common problem.

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IMac :: Why Folder Flashing With Question Mark

Nov 15, 2010

So I went to sleep and my computer was just fine, just sitting there being normal as normal gets. I wake up and the cursor is beachballing, no response from anything, holding power button doesn't do anything, so I unplug it. Now when I turn it on it goes to the gray screen with a folder with a question mark blinking. Google told me that this means it can not find the startup disk, and my hard drive is probably toast. Upon advice of forums I grabbed my snow leopard install disk and am going to attempt a boot from disc after work today. If this does not work is it safe to assume I need to replace the hard drive? Computer is out of apple care so this will be a DIY operation.

Computer: 24" iMac, 2.8GHz core 2 duo, 4gb RAM.
- What risks are involved with taking apart the iMac? What tools would I need?
- After I install a new hardrive, is it as simple as simply popping Snow Leopard into the disc drive and going from there?
- While I have it open, does anyone know if this model iMac has room for more RAM?

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OS X :: Flashing Question Mark Folder Of Death?

Dec 20, 2008

So for the first time ever I power on my iMac and get a flashing folder indicating the system cannot find the boot disk. I reset it a few times and it eventually boots up. A few days later the same thing happens only this time I can't get it to boot up after many attempts.

I try all the usual suspects, reset PRAM, attempt to select boot device (can't find any) Finally I boot from the install CD and when I get to select a destination volume for the OS there are no volumes to select.

I shut it off for a few days assuming I'd need to take it to an Apple store for some kind of repair or hdd swap. However it just started up tonight when I passed it and decided to hit the power button. Should I do anything to it while I have it running? Would a fresh OS install do anything for me? I have everything backed up with Time Machine.

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OS X :: Flashing Folder On Startup After Partitioning With BootCamp

Feb 26, 2009

I recently installed a partition to my mac mini using BootCamp, but leaving the Windows installation til a later date as I'd left the authentication info in the studio! On booting up my mac the next day I'm greeted with a flashing missing OS symbol instead of the apple logo. I've tried resetting the mac or trying to force it to start a network startup up but to no avail.

I attempted to run from the installation disc but it isn't responding to holding don 'c' to run from the disc. However I'm running 10.5, but that was an upgrade from a colleagues disc and the only installation disc I have is 10.4. I can get that disc but may take time! The only interactivity I can get from the keyboard is upon pressing 'option' I'm asked to enter a password, but I don't know what password it's after?

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IMac :: Flashing Folder Icon After Restart

Jun 21, 2010

I have a 24inch aluminum iMac running the latest versions of Snow leopard. It's a little over 2 years old. I can turn my computer on and all is fine, I can keep it running for hours on end and nothing is a problem. However, the moment I turn it off or perform a restart I get the flashing folder icon? It takes about 2 hours before I can boot the computer up again.

I've tried the following:Resetting PRAM and VRAM
Resetting the start up disk information through system preferences
Pulling an individual RAM module, booting up then trying the same with other RAM module (to check to see whether I have some dodgy RAM)

At first I thought it must be the hard drive, but why can I run my computer with no problems at all. I had it running for 2 days, and not a problem! But, the minute I turn it off, that's it, you can forget booting it up for at least another hour.

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Hardware :: Flashing Question Mark Folder - Tried Everything

Jul 31, 2009

New 13" macbook pro. Unibody. This is my friends.

She received it yesterday and after an hour of use she rebooted and got the Flashing Question Mark Folder.

She then turned it over to me. I have tried:

-Resiting PRAM

-Using the OSX Disc Disk Utility (It does not see the hard drive at all)

-Starting into safe mode (failed)

-Booting to firmware (failed) (command option p f)

I think the hard drive has died, but I want to get your input on it.

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