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Question: Hard drive issue?

I have a 2007 iMac that just yesterday starting having problems. last night it started with the flashing ? folder. Following some advice on a thread, I disconnect and then reconnected the hard drive. That seemed to do the trick and it was working fine again this morning. This afternoon it crashed again and after rebooting it would show the apple logo and the black loading bar would get about a third of the way up before it would just switch off.


I booted up in recovery and looked in disk utilities, tried a repair but it said it couldn't repair the disk. I tried the same thing as yesterday but to no avail. I felt pretty sure it must be a hard drive problem. However, I have a windows bootcamp partition on the hard drive so I thought I'd try that out before I went any further. I booted up, held the option key and chose the windows partition and it's loaded without any problems.


So my question is really, if my windows partition is working, does that mean my hard drive is ok and there's just a problem with my main partition or could it still be a problem with the hard drive?


Thanks in advance for any help.

iMac, iOS 10.2

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Nov 15, 2017 2:54 PM in response to rkaufmann87 In response to rkaufmann87

No, the Internal hard drive. The one that came with the computer.


When I first got it in 2007 I created a bootcamp partition, currently I can boot the computer in the bootcamp partition but not in the main Mac partition.

Nov 15, 2017 2:54 PM

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Nov 15, 2017 3:25 PM in response to Bobbydev32 In response to Bobbydev32

What version of Mac OS is installed? If it's 10.7.x or later restart in the recovery partition (Command + R) on startup and open Disk Utility. Run First Aide on the HD 2-3 times back to back. If errors appear the HD is ready to be replaced.


If no errors appear advise exactly what you see when you attempt to start holding the Option key.

Nov 15, 2017 3:25 PM

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Nov 15, 2017 11:55 PM in response to rkaufmann87 In response to rkaufmann87

Its either mavericks or Yosemite but I can't remember which.


Tried repairing it it a few times and it always says disk utility can't repair your disk. Any idea why the windows partition within the hard drive is still working fine when the Mac one is bust?


Also, if I make a bootable copy on an EHD, do you know if it's possible to run the iMac from it until I can get hold of a new HD?

Nov 15, 2017 11:55 PM

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Nov 16, 2017 5:58 AM in response to Bobbydev32 In response to Bobbydev32

Bobbydev32 wrote:


Its either mavericks or Yosemite but I can't remember which.


Tried repairing it it a few times and it always says disk utility can't repair your disk. Any idea why the windows partition within the hard drive is still working fine when the Mac one is bust?


Also, if I make a bootable copy on an EHD, do you know if it's possible to run the iMac from it until I can get hold of a new HD?

Based on your description the HD has failed and must be replaced.

Nov 16, 2017 5:58 AM

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