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Unable to bootup have a flashing question mark with file

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  • Anonymous May 04, 2009

    Well, I had the same problem, took it into an Apple store where the Mac Genius wiped the hard drive saying it was the Boot Camp Windows Partition that was corrupting something. I reinstalled everything, but then when i put bootcamp back on, the question mark made another appearance, I'm confused.

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    JG1977 May 11, 2010

    whats the last thing you did before this happened

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If you have your mac install disc i recommend you put your CD in then boot up holding down the "c" key until the install wizard pops up

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You have either one of two problems, the hard drive is dead or your system software is corrupted.

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The reason you are seeing the blinking question mark is that the computer is unable to find a disk with a usable version of Mac OS X on it. If you know for certain that the 256GB flash storage has Mac OS X try starting your computer without the external drive connected to it. If you still see a blinking question mark, then the Mac OS X installed on the 256GB SSD is corrupt and you have decisions to make.
1. You can get a friend with a Mac to download a copy of Mac OS X from the app store and burn it to a disk. You can then connect a dvd reader to your MacBook Pro, (if it does not have one built-in), and re-install Mac OS X on the flash drive. This will destroy whatever files you have on the disk. This is the shortest route to being able to use your machine again.

Another alternative is have Mac OS X burned to a USB drive and to boot your computer from that. This would give you a chance to save your files to an external drive before reinstalling Mac OS X on you Mac. (I have done this when an OS upgrade failed).

If you don't have a friend with a Mac, or feel uncomfortable following either of these two paths then I would suggest finding an Apple repair shop and letting them do the repair for you. I have no idea what it would cost so ask before committing yourself to the work.

If you live in an area with an Apple store, I would contact them to see if they can help you there. Good luck!

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