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  • dhibiz May 11, 2010

    I tried this and the drive sounds fine but all I see is one half circle arrow and one arrow pointing to the right and there is a cd in the middle of the arrows with a half blue & white face in it.

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It means the internal hard drive has failed or cannot be recognized. You can confirm this by putting a boot disk in the cd drive. If the computer starts up from that, it cannot see your HD. Also, try restarting the Mac and holding down the option key until you get the blue screen with 2 arrows. This is called start up manager. Any volume that your computer can start from will be here to choose from. Your internal HD at the very least should be there. One more thing, after turning on the computer, put your ear on the bottom leftcorner, to the left of the trackpad and keep an ear for abnormal clicking, or something that sounds like a repeatitous pattern. All of these signs point to a failed internal drive.

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