9 Replies Latest reply: May 8, 2013 7:53 AM by LiteWait
LiteWait Level 1 (0 points)

Got the flashing folder of death.

 

Tried verifying, repairing the disk. No luck.

 

Restored from Time Machine.  No luck.

 

Rebooted with Command-Option-P-R.  No luck.

 

The drive as far as I can tell is working properly....

 

What is preventing OSX from booting this drive?


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • LiteWait Level 1 (0 points)

    Trying re-install of OS, will it preserve my existing files ???

  • LiteWait Level 1 (0 points)

    Reinstalled and it still won't boot off the hard drive.  How can this be the install worked fine?

     

    Even went as far as putting a bootable USB flash drive and it sees that.

     

    I tried pressing the OPTION key on boot but it only sees the USB drive.

     

    This is madness.  How can OSX install on a drive BUT then fail to boot from it?

     

    (I could understand if the drive was failing, but this makes no sense)

  • WZZZ Level 6 (12,875 points)

    The drive as far as I can tell is working properly....

     

    How do you know the drive didn't fail? Sounds like it did.

     

    if you boot from the Install DVD and go to Disk Utility from there, is the internal drive seen?

     

    I understand the confusion. I don't know to what it would have reinstalled if the drive had failed.

  • LiteWait Level 1 (0 points)

    Like I said, it always sees the drive, I can repair it, reinstall it, everything works...but it won't boot!

  • WZZZ Level 6 (12,875 points)

    All you did was reinstall? Is the partition scheme GUID?

  • LiteWait Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes it is GUID.  I basically booted the Snow Leopard DVD, ran the install, it completed and the thing won't boot.  This makes me think the drive isn't the problem.  I also ran Cmd-Option-P-R and tried booting with the Option key.  This is freaking me out.

  • WZZZ Level 6 (12,875 points)

    Yeah, it does sound like something else is going on then. Have you tried runnng the hardware test in extended? It's not a great diagnostic, so getting a negative back isn't necessarily all that meaningful, but maybe something will turn up.

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1509

  • WZZZ Level 6 (12,875 points)

    Try reseating the RAM. And remove any third party RAM if you have any.

  • LiteWait Level 1 (0 points)

    Turned out I I must have forgot to repair/verify BOTH the disk AND the volume.  Boot right up after that.  Thanks for all the help!