Gray screen with small file in center with flashing finder symbol/ques

Gray screen with small file in center with flashing finder symbol/question mark

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This means that the OS is corrupted or missing. Boot from the Mac OS X install disk or usb flash drive, and see if you can reinstall Mac OS X. Or, if you don't have it, hold command + R right after the startup chime, hold these until the apple logo appears, or if the flashing folder appears. If the apple logo appears, congrats! Just reinstall Mac OS X. If you see the flashing folder, I think your hard drive is toast.

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Thank you G878- the HD has just started clinking .It lasted and performed well for 10 years.

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R.I.P hard drive.... A hard drive barley lasts me 1/2 a year! lol

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