3661 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Apr 24, 2009 2:17 AM by storyalexis
Hi and Welcome!
*"During start up, a folder icon with a question mark will flash."*
Go here: A flashing question mark appears when you start your Mac
Hopefully booting from your install disk you can repair the disk using the Disk Utility app. If DU can't repair the disk the first time, click Repair again. Sometimes it takes a 2nd or 3rd pass. If DU cannot resolve the problem, then you need DiskWarrior or TechToolPro
A clicking noise, not the normal noise a hard drive makes, could be indicative of a physical problem with the hard drive. If you manage to get the directory repaired keep a sharp ear out. I would make sure to do a complete backup ASAP. I would also run the Apple Hardware test to check the drive. Also, check the SMART status of the drive.
When I start-up from my Mac OSX disk and bring up disk utilities, it does not recognize the HD in the left-hand menu. I can only select from the install disk itself to verify/repair. Am I doing something wrong?
I also tried to run OnyX before booting from the Mac disk, but it stopped and just told me that the startup disk needed to be repaired.
Ah, ok. I was able to reset the PRAM settings, and run the DU repair (3 times for good measure). It says everything is fine. I ran OnyX too. But the sound is still there and my computer is slower. Plus the fan will rev up in the middle of use. I don't have access to Disk Warrior- is there anything else I can do?