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Mysterious folder name "A" folder created an OS system won't finish stating up

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Jan 16, 2013 5:04 PM

This is happening on a PowerPc G5.  Tiger OS.  Computer starts up OS and progress bar goes all the way to right but stays on and won't finish starting.  I pulled out the drive and viewed it on another Mac as a second drive.  I found a folder simply labeled "A" with nothing in it.  I deleted it and then reinstalled the drive.  The OS started up just fine and was back to normal.  I shut it down and when I tried to start it the same thing happened with not finishing start up.  I pulled it put again and looked at the drive and once again the "A" folder was back.  Anyone know what's causing this folder to be created?  I had a client bring in a brand new Sandisk flash drive and after using it once this started happening.  I suspect the flash drive caused the problem. I looked through the application folder but did not find any newly installed software. 

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Ymir Jr

PowerMac G5
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,715 points)

    Hello YmirJr,

     

    Just checking, was this other Mac you installed Tiger from a PPC Mac also, not an IntelMac?

     

      1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc, then restart the computer while holding the C key.

       2. When your computer finishes starting up from the disc, choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu at the top of the screen. (In Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you must select your language first.)

          *Important: Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer. If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Disk Utility.*

       3. Click the Erase tab.

       4. Click the disclosure triangle to the left of the hard drive icon to display the names of your hard disk volumes and partitions.

       5. Select your Mac OS X volume.

       6. Highlight the drive, select Partition Tab, then Format type... MacOS Extended Journalled, select the Security Options button, choose Zero Out Data, Erase... after completion hopefully you'll be able to get a good install.

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