I have been having alot of fun with my MacBok of late. I think one of the kids sat on the screen and cracked the LCD screen, and I have been putting off getting that fixed, due to both the cost and downtime involved. This will have to be addressed soon though as the cracked smudge is spreading rather rapidly across the screen and people are commenting on the fantastic screensaver I have.
Prior to the broken LCD screen I had a problem, which a number of people seem to have, where on bootup a question mark folder appears, accompanied by around 5 clicking noises. All this seems to point to a faulty hard drive. Well after googling for a solution and finding none that worked for me I have discovered one that does work.
The question mark folder, as most people have found out, is a result of the MacBook not being able to determine a valid operating system location. This can point to a faulty hard drive, but in my situation it appears to be something else. Now this has happened to me a few times so I really need to get a permanent solution, but I have a workaround that enabled me to recover long enough to get a time machine backup, and continue operating.
Firstly, I strongly recommend you follow all the proposed resolutions to the problem, as your situation maybe resolved by following one of these processes, eg resetting PRAM
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If none of these fixes work for you as they did not with me, then what I ended up doing is taking out the battery. This is a very simple procedure of turning the screw on the back 45 degrees and removing the battery module. Once you have removed it, wait a few seconds, replace it in slot and power the macbook on again. If this does not work then I would suggest removing and reinserting the hard drive using these instructions (this is for swapping drives but can obviously be used to reinsert the same drive).
I have used this workaround a couple of times in the last 3 months and it appears that my disk is not faulty as I ran a first aid disk utility over the disk by using the Disk Utility and it reported no faults. Some of you guys may have genuine hard drive faults and this will not work for you, but for those of you who dont, this will work and save you some quid. Any further insight into this is welcome.