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Question: flashing folder with question mark

My computer has a flashing folder with a question mark. I went through the Command+R and on the Utilities screen I don't see my hard drive. So I go to Disk Utility and only see "disk0" and "OS X Base System". Please HELP!!! Also, it shows that there is 40/3 MB available from 1.28GB, does that mean my stuff is still on here? How can I get my stuff off my MacBook Pro? I haven't backed it up in several weeks 😟. Also, I saw that you can back up using "time machine". How does this work so? Will it back it up automatically periodically? I need this back up to take place on its on. Thank you.

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Dec 9, 2017 3:53 PM in response to tiffeg In response to tiffeg

Hi tiffeg,

I understand that you're seeing a flashing question mark when you start up your Mac. Thank you for providing very detailed information about your issue; I'd be happy to help.

Since you're not seeing your built-in startup disk in Disk Utility while in macOS Recovery, I recommend following the guidance below:

If you don't see your built-in startup disk in the Disk Utility window, or if Disk Utility indicates there's a hardware issue, your Mac might need repair. Make an appointment with an Apple Genius or an Apple Authorized Service Provider for more help.

If a flashing question mark appears when you start your Mac - Apple Support

Dec 9, 2017 3:53 PM

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