My Mac won’t start

I’ve got a flash­ing ques­tion mark

Mac Format - - TO THE RESCUE -

The flash­ing ques­tion mark folder is a sign that your Mac is having trou­ble lo­cat­ing its sys­tem folder. If you boot from an ex­ter­nal disk, check it’s pow­ered on and con­nected.

If you boot from your Mac’s in­ter­nal drive, power it down and on again while hold­ing down å. When the startup man­ager ap­pears, if you see your startup disk in the op­tions, se­lect it. If that doesn’t work, re­peat the process but this time se­lect Re­cov­ery HD from the startup man­ager. Your Mac should now boot from its re­cov­ery par­ti­tion. Se­lect Disk Util­ity from the Util­i­ties menu. When it opens, choose your startup disk and then click the First Aid tab. Click Re­pair to ver­ify and re­pair the disk and then try and start up nor­mally. Still no joy? You’ll need to start up again from the Re­cov­ery par­ti­tion and re­in­stall OS X.

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