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G4 start up i get a error icon a floppy disk with a ? mark .

Help how do i recover my start up on my g4 ....... and i don't have a disk .

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Re: g4 start up i get a error icon a floppy...

You need to get a disk. Go to, your local computer store or an apple store and buy a Mac Os X disk.

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Re: g4 start up i get a error icon a floppy...

The only optiom is with disk, however if you want your data then, Please follow the below mention method.
Well if you have an same model with the similar configuration try to boot your machine from that unit in target disk mode.
Then we will be able to recover all your data.
I hope this helps you.

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