So I had this macbook since 2011 and it was working perfectly fine until all of a sudden I was using it and it froze. Now all i get is the folder with the question mark upon boot up. Luckily I have everything backed up to time capsule. But I cannot afford a new hard drive or computer. What should I do? Its not fair
So I had this macbook since 2011 and it was working perfectly fine until all of a sudden I was using it and it froze. Now all i get is the folder with the question mark upon boot up. Luckily I have everything backed up to time capsule. But I cannot afford a new hard drive or computer. What should I do? Its not fair that I treated this computer like gold, then one day Apple's product decides to fail on me, and I'm the one who has to pay for it. I don't deserve this. My computer is well out of warranty by the way. I need a computer for school and don't have one. I guess I just have to do all my work on my phone, or I'll fail my classes
Alex: Yeah, life's just not fair sometimes.
But a replacement hard disk isn't an expensive item, maybe $50, and any self respecting computer geek can replace one.
"My macbook harddrive failed out of nowhere what should I do?…. folder with the question mark"
No idea which OS version. In the middle of 2011 (20 July to be exact) Apple started shipping Macs with OS X version 10.7 pre-installed, no DVD to reinstall. My answer is for that.
The flashing ? is not a guarantee of hardware failure. It means EFI firmware did not find the boot.efi at /System/Library/CoreServices/ (locally or neither locally nor on a network). Several possible causes:
* NVRAM is corrupt (solution: reset it)
* Hard drive has data corruption (always repairable, but could involve data loss).
* Basic system files / folders are renamed, moved, corrupted, or missing (solution: name them back, move them back, reinstall OS X).
* Hard drive not properly installed (missing or disconnected or bad cable).
* Hard drive has mechanical or electrical problems (usually not repairable; must replace the drive).
Since it is hard to know which of these is the cause of your flashing "?", start with the easiest solution and work up to the drastic ones.
Reset NVRAM by holding four keys during startup: command – option – P – R. Hold these keys until the screen goes off and on twice, or you hear the startup chime music tone twice. Don't over do it. In this case, more is not better – two flashes or chimes is the perfect number, four is too many.
For OS 10.7 or later…
– Restart while holding the command and R keys for 45 seconds.
– Go past the language choice.
– Open Disk Utility.
– Select the startup volume (such as “Macintosh HD”) at the left frame.
Is the hard drive icon shown at the left?
– “No.” Solution: Replace the hard drive.
– “Yes.” Select the startup volume (such as “Macintosh HD”) at the left frame, select the "First Aid" tab, and click "Repair Disk".
Does it find problems?
– “Yes.” Solution: Repair again. When it says "…appears to be OK", quit Disk Utility and restart.
– “No, it does not find any problem.” (or Yes but after repair and restart, still flashing"?") Quit Disk Utility and reinstall OS X.
– If the Repair Disk effort results in unrepairable damage, the solution is simple: ERASE. This is the point where if you did not make any backup of important files, you cry.
You can likely purchase a cheap replacement drive from a local computer shop.
Accept the answers you got to the identical question you put out about 3 hours ago. Kinda abusive to keep asking when you got responses already.