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Flashing Grey Folder with Question Mark: Nothing I’ve Tried Works!

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Jan 25, 2012 2:12 PM

Flashing Grey Folder with Question Mark: Nothing I’ve Tried Works!


Apparently, my old MacBook2,1   Intel Core 2 Duo  2.16 GHz, 1GB memory, 149.05 GB drive, Black case  running: OS 10.6.8 is not able to recognize the internal drive. It went to “sleep” normally and froze when the user tried to wake it up.


Have tried:


• Unconditional reboot: CTRL-CMD-POWER

• Held down “D” key while starting to force internal hard drive to be the boot drive.

• Zapped PRAM: CMD-OPT-P-R

• Held T key down with Fire wire 400 connected to my MB Pro.

• Cleared NV RAM: CMD-OPT-N-V

• In order to boot from original Leopard CD: 1) Started with “C” key down  as well as by 2) pressing: CMD-OPT-SHIFT-DELETE. Also inserted the Snow Leopard CD. Nothing!



All of the above result in the same flashing grey folder with a question mark.




As far as I know, I do not have a firmware password. Yet, when pressing Option key at startup a closed lock appears instead of a volume to choose. Entering my computer password yields a grey screen and nothing more.


Does anyone have any other suggestions?


I would like to avoid having to pay some Apple “genius” $100 to get the info off this drive.


Thanks in advance for your help.



MB Pro 2.33 GHz, IC 2 Duo, 3 GB MHz DDR2 SDRAM, Bus 667 MHz, Drive 185 gigs; 23, Mac OS X (10.6.8), MacBook: 2.16 GHz, Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM, 160


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