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Stuck on initial screen on power up

When turning on my mac I get the initial gray screen with the apple logo and a spinning wheel. Usually after a few seconds the computer fully loads, but now the wheel just keeps spinning for a very long time.
What should I do?

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Sounds like your hard drive died, you should take it into a repair shop unless you know someone that can replace the drive and re-install OS X for you. you computer uses a 2.5" laptop hard drive.

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What I would recommend is that you try to acquire a USB keyboard, for this issue, because it will open the way for many troubleshooting options for such an issue like this.

If you can get temporary use of a USB keyboard, you can try any of these options:

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• Remove all of those folders to the Trash.

*Reboot your iMac normally and see if you can access your normal User desktop environment.

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