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When my Mac starts it only stays on white background with a apple on the center and has a spinning wheel under the apple and it just stays that way no matter how long it is on.

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It looks as though your hard drive is fried and the Mac is not booting. If you have bootable recovery disk you should insert it then power cycle your system by turning it off and then back on with the disk still inserted.. The system will then boot of the CD and hopefully you will be able to make a recovery - there is a strong chance that user data will be lost so be careful.
Good luck - if you find the above usefuly then please "rate me".

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