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System crash? while working on my Mac I encounter the spinning wheel spinning excessively when I used my mouse to click-then I couldnt not close down the program i had been using which was AOL online games. I tried to esc - nothing-tried to shut down the mac hoping to restart, when i couldnt even do that i turned the mac off by the button in back, waited a few mins and started it back up. Only now it started up w/ a blank white sceen and after about 30 min the desktop came up very slowly and not all of the icons where working. Again I tried to restart it-bad move-now i couldnt even get to the desktop just a blank monitor! Then I unplugged the pc from the outlet, counted to 30 and plugged it back in. Which only brought me to a grayish screen with a tiny icon in the center which resembles a type of camera?? can you help me??

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Actually the screen with a folder and a ? Is either a hard drive failure or the comps inability to read OSX. The OSX install disks wouldn't have overwritten the HD, it's a matter of tracking down the old files, which really depends on the op system. But I'm assuming if you've got install disk, you've got snow leopard, lion didn't ship with disks. Make sure you're running 10.6.9 with latest updates before you try either of these, and keep in mind apple utilizes a "forked filing system" so about 65% or more of their files are hidden from the user. You want to recover your hidden library files, through one of these 2 ways; using simple commands in the utility terminal or thought a free app (which requires 10.6.9. You've got better odds of getting exactly what you want in terminal, you'll likely find scripting dir scvs command line for apples platform unix daunting. Here's your best bet at recovery- Terminal Terminal Terminal is an App you can find in your Applications/ folder or by searching for it in Spotlight. Simply copy and paste the codes below into Terminal and press the Enter key. Enter this code to show the hidden files & folders: defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES Enter this code to hide the hidden files & folders: defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles NO Permanently show the Hidden Library Folder When Apple released OS X Lion they decided they wanted to hide the Library folder. If you want to get it back permanently, it's incredibly easy to do. Open Terminal and enter: chflags nohidden ~/Library/ Press Enter. Now your Library folder will be shown in your Home folder. To go back to the default setting of having the Library folder hidden enter this into Terminal: chflags hidden ~/Library/ The best free app info-Revealer App Revealer App Revealer is a free, nifty little app that has one simple purpose; to show and hide the hidden files and folders. The app is extremely light, weighing in at under 1MB. This is a good thing, because it makes it very, very fast. This app comes in especially handy if you are an app developer, web developer or someone who needs to show and hide the hidden files or a daily basis. The Revealer app can be stored in the Dock for quick access. The App itself is nonintrusive, loads up practically instantly, and has 1 button; an on and off switch. Simple and straight forward. Want to use the Revealer app? Get it here: http://trcdatarecovery.com/software-apps/revealer-app This info came from the tech blog sites of apples Certified Pro Blogs and chats, that's where I get my most solid leads.... Good luck and BACK UP!!! An external is $75, time machine is in your system prefs, it's simple clean efficient and sleek. It's compressed images, so exact size of your drive will cover more then enough...

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I called the Mac hotline for service and they were only helpful in telling me to reload my startup disks. They told me my mac was processing for hours on end till i was able to determine it wasnt and wasted 2 days. Regardless I loaded my Mac disks and was able to bring my system back-only I wasn't able to back up my prior settings and some documents since I couldn't bring up the system without wiping it out first-I''m still fishing out what survived and what didn't. Thank you for contacting me. If you have any suggestions as how to retrieve lost info i would greatly appreciate it.

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Your hard drive has crashed. you will need to get another mac either laptop or other and a firewire cable and plug in to your existing make and back it up. When you start your existing mac hit "T" at start up which will make it a giant external hard drive. The mac you bring in to help you can either back up your mac or run disc doctor to see if you can fix the hard drive faults. But one thing is for certain, you need to replace the hard drive.

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