IMac :: Got Dreaded Gray Screen With Question Mark On File Folder

Aug 7, 2009

How hard is it to replace the hard drive? I have a disaster recovery company step up to get all my info off of it if they can. But I really don't want to spend the money to have someone pull out the HD and put a new one in if I can do it myself. I have experience building pc towers but I haven't ever pulled apart an iMAC. Its an iMac 23(or 24) inch from Dec 2007 (I don't have the model info on hand as the box is in storage).

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IMac PPC :: A File Folder With A Question Mark Appears On Screen When Turning On?

May 27, 2012

A file folder with a question mark Appears on my screen when turning on.  What does this mean and how do I fix it?

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Sep 22, 2009

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May 7, 2012

I recently upgraded to Lion on my MacBook Pro but it didn't sit well with my compuer. It became sluggish and would take forever to load applications, pictures, music, movies, etc that only took SL a few seconds at most. I decided to downgrade back to SL so I put in my Install DVD (version 10.6.6) and tried to format the hard drive so I could start new. However it would not work with the CD, so I continued looking around online and I came under the impression that if you erase the hard drive it will allow you to start new (in my case, with SL). However now I get a gray screen with a folder with a question mark.

I do not have my files backed up through Time Machine.

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MacBook Pro

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Jun 17, 2012

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iMac (27-inch Mid 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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Mar 8, 2012

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iMac

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Apr 12, 2012

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iMac

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Jul 2, 2009

I think the hard drive in my Macbook (2007 Model) has died. My macbook froze and when I restarted I can hear an usual clicking noise and I only get a white screen with a grey folder icon and white question mark inside. Fortunately, I use super dooper to create a bootable clone of my hard drive as a back up. When I attach this and hold down the apple key I boot straight into the clone and the computer runs fine from the external hard drive. If I go to disk utility my computer can not locate the internal hard drive, nor if I go t sysyem prefs-startup disk. Should I assume its dead or could it be a connection problem. I don't have applecare so I'm willing to buy a new hard drive and swap it myself. However, this is making the assumption the hard drive is the culprit. Can anyone else diagnose this problem from the desrcitpion before I shell out on a new hard drive?

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Aug 14, 2010

About once a month I have a problem where the machine won't boot and I get the blinking question mark icon on the screen. I've read lots (and lots) of posts about this, all which say that the hard drive is dead or something similar. Disk Utility and Drive Warrior sometimes see no disk and sometimes see a disk that reports a 0 byte capacity. The thing is, it has always come back. The typical pattern is that nothing I do seems to help. Eventually I've tried all the standard things (safe mode, pram reset, etc), rebooted it a bunch and then walk away for a few hours. Nothing seems to work immediately, but if I leave it alone it comes back. What gives? In case it matters I've got an iMac 20" (?), intel duo 2.8 GHz with a 500 GB WD drive. I used to think the problem might be heat related, but I recently had to leave the machine off for a week in this state and when I returned the problem persisted.

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Sep 28, 2010

I have a 13" macbook purchased 2007 just out of the extended protection plan this summer. Last night while watching a video in full screen it froze with the beach ball for over 20 minutes with no sign of stopping. I had my external WD drive hooked up which is my iTunes drive (only). I had to manually shutdown the computer (with external still hooked up) After trying to reboot I got the flashing question mark and continue to get it no matter what I do.

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Oct 24, 2010

I have my mac pro finder screen it has a question mark in the gray bar I can't get rid of it.

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after weeks of deleting cloning and fixing files. I had everything removed except on the finder bar a little Flag of Israel . I managed to get rid of the little flag but now have a question mark instead. If I click on the mark it says the item can not be found.

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Feb 25, 2012

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MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7)

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May 15, 2012

When my wife starts her iMac the screen stays gray and in the center of the screen is a folder with a question mark. I am not sure how to get it running.

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iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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Nov 12, 2009

I got a 3 year old white macbook. I was surfing the net when suddenly it turned off. On restart, I got the grey screen for a while, the a picture of a file with a question mark in it, waited for ten minutes, still the file. I have done the following:

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May 13, 2012

In the UK, I do not have the back up disk, i am getting the file folder with the question mark.

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Apr 6, 2012

We are getting a white screen with flashing file icon with question mark inside the file. 

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PowerPC :: Flashing File Folder With Question Mark?

Feb 25, 2009

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May 2, 2012

Just rec'd a new(er) to me Mac Pro 1.1 w/no HD & possibly bad video card 8GB memory and very dirty inside. To test this mac, I put in a new seagate barracuda SATA 1TB HD, hooked up display and tried to fire it up. Got to chime in and then the display showed a grey screen w/file folder with a question mark on it. Only had a mouse last night when trying this and my G5 has a bluetooth keyboard and the mac pro isn't bluetooth, so where do I go from here?

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Mac Pro

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May 4, 2012

My imac from 2009 won't boot up. It just keeps flashing a grey file folder with a question mark. Of course now I do not know where my start up cd is.....is there anything that I can do???

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iMac

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Apr 5, 2012

Just turned on my MacBook and it opened up with a grey screen with a folder in the middle with a question mark

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MacBook :: Getting A Grey Screen With A Folder And Question Mark?

Apr 16, 2012

I am getting a grey screen with a folder and question mark. i have tried all the methods suggested in apple online support except the OS CD. I dont have the CD and i dont know the version on OS which is on my mac book. I had bought it in 2007-08.

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MacBook

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Jun 12, 2012

What is the problem if you have a white screen with question mark in folder icon??

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iMac, iOS 5.0.1

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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.
Questions:
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- 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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Apr 11, 2012

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

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MacBook

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May 2, 2010

Yesterday while I worked on the mac it had froze up. After the restart it shows one folder with question mark in the center of the screen and can't load the OS.

I am trying to reinstall the os from my leopard cd but when i have to choose where to put system folder in Disk utility, there is no hdds there. The only device i can see is my dvd rom. I tried to attach external hdd but it doesnt shows too.

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Jun 13, 2012

shut down the computer last night, woke up, turned on, and only get a white screen with a blinking question mark over a folder.

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iMac

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IMac Only Boots As Far Folder Icons With Question Mark?

Jun 24, 2012

I have a 21" iMac that only boots as far as a folder icon with a question mark in it. Any know what this means and how to fix it?

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May 14, 2012

I had the dreaded blue screen a week ago, thanks to a bit of research here I booted from disk, then disk utility, permisions and then finally a reinstall.but now unfortunatly I seem to have a shadow or some kind of screen burn for lack of better words on the bottom left side of my 27" LED imac  

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Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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MacBook Pro :: Won't Boot (question Mark Folder) After Blue Screen On Windows Bootcamp

Feb 9, 2012

So, I was on windows, using bootcamp, and I was creating partitions on a pen drive with it, and then it asks me that it needs to restart to apply changes.

But then, while restarting, a blue screen occurred (**** windows).... And I forced the shutdown pressing the power key. 

Then, I simply turned the MacBook on, trying to boot on my snow leopard and I got a flashing folder with a question mark on it. Now I can't access any partitions on it, if I press option key on startup I get a blank window! 

I tried to reset PRAM, repair the MacOs partition using the snow leopard DVD (it shows up fine, along with windows partition and EFI partition), and I still don't get my startup disk showing up... 

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MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Snow Leopard with windows7 bootcamp

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IMac :: When Turn On Mac Only Flashes A Picture Of A Folder With A Question Mark In It?

Sep 9, 2010

own a mac 19" desktop computer, it turns on but only flashes a picture of a folder with a question mark in it. is it done? any input would be appreciated.

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Feb 1, 2009

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IMac :: Question Mark Folder On Boot And Data Recovery?

Mar 20, 2010

First , scuse typing asrushing this on iPhone!

Got ?folder on boot on late 2007 21"iMac today. Have tried usual stuff including resettng pram and booting from cd. 1st time I booted from install cd it wouldn't even mountthe HD. Turned off and left for a few hours to cool down. Next time ibooted from cd HD mounted and I ran disk utilty repair bit it said there were no problems. Tried to boot from HD no luck.

So, guessing HD is fried:-(

so, before I take it to the apple store to get it replaced (doubt under warranty) or do it myself I want to see if I can recover the mportant data. While I am sure it's all backed up on cradhplan I have 80gb of photos and I'd rather ecover from USB to ext HD instead of over Internet from cradhplan.

So, I'm thnking... When my TM blew up last year I took the HD out and took it to work and slapped it in a drive bay of my mac pro, recovered the data, put it back in the TM before shipping it back to apple for a replacement (that then went on eBay since I got cradhplan)

so; question 1: can I take the HD out of the iMac and have a go installing it in my mac pro? Will an iMac HD fit in the mac pro case/bay?

Question 2: all my photos are also on the apple tv. Can I copy them from the apple tv to another mac if my backup had failed and doesn't restore or I can't recover from iMac HD? I know I had cradhplan set to backup iphoto library but I upgraded to aperture 3 recently and am worried that I have nit set crashplan up to backup the aperture library

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PowerPC :: Dead IBook - Flashing - Folder On Gray Screen Back Ground

Jul 11, 2009

I have recently come across an extremely cheap ibook (free) which i was able to keep if I got it too work. Well I've been successfully fairly by using it for a few weeks, then it just died. Not sure how it did but it did. The problems seem to be with the flashing (Finder/?) folder on a gray screen back ground. I've already run through the [URL] tutorials of what's wrong and have successfully done a PRAM and a PMU reset with no result. One of the times that I restarted the iBook and after the flashing folder got two new separate folders. One with an arrow turning clockwise on the left, and another folder with an arrow pointing right on the right. Both in blue folders as the flashing folders. Now I believe the problem is that the iBook is unable to find and utilize the Startup Disk. Forums I have read state to put in the reinstall disc, which I don't see how that will work on account of the CD tray not responding to anything I've yet put in there. Not trying with disc until i know that is the only possible solution. Don't want to loose my disc. Maybe some of you have come across this situation and know of a sure fire way to fix it. If not, Ill have to just send it in to some site.

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MacBook :: White Start Up Screen With Blinking Documents Folder Symbol With Question Mark

Apr 11, 2012

Just came back from the Genius Bar at Apple Amsterdam. Both iTunes and iPhoto had problems launching and libraries were not loading. Ruled out hardware problems so they tried installing OS Snow Leopard over my 10.5.8 in a way to keep my documents safe. All went well until halfway it said it couldn't install succesfully. Made a new appointment for in 3 days from now. They would then overwrite the current OS with the new one so i should go home and make sure to back up all my files in the meantime. Problem is that when i came home and started my laptop i got a blank/white screen with a blinking documents folder symbol with a question mark in it! Does anybody know what it means and will i be able to ever make a back up of my documents?

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MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)

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May 16, 2012

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MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6)

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