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Wife's iMac Won't Boot
Posted by: chopper
Date: November 24, 2016 04:56PM
Still dealing with my wife's iMac. 10.8.

Now it won't boot from the FW drive. I'm holding down the option key.

I am sure it is connected. It starts up and begins making clicking noises before the OS even loads. Seems like it is looking at the CD drive and then starts clicking ...


Any suggestions?
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Re: Wife's iMac Won't Boot
Posted by: PeterW
Date: November 24, 2016 07:11PM
Is the reason that you are trying to boot from the FW drive because the internal hard drive was failing?
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Re: Wife's iMac Won't Boot
Posted by: btfc
Date: November 24, 2016 07:12PM
Previous thread:

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The quick and dirty approach of running off an external drive should work okay as long as the dead internal drive does not cause interference. That can happen depending on how the drive failed. If it does interfere with operation, the only recourse is going to be disconnecting the internal drive. Then if you are in there anyways, you might as well install a replacement drive.
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Re: Wife's iMac Won't Boot
Posted by: Finney
Date: November 24, 2016 07:13PM
How old is the iMac? When you hold down option, are you presented with the cursor and other options to boot from, or does it stay a blank screen?
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Re: Wife's iMac Won't Boot
Posted by: chopper
Date: November 24, 2016 07:25PM
Fixed it or it fixed itself. I gotta get this thing repaired.
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Re: Wife's iMac Won't Boot
Posted by: chopper
Date: November 24, 2016 07:28PM
It never went to any of the boot discs. It just kept clicking and clicking on the gray screen. Somehow I got the music CD out of it, and then some time later, after 13 or so boots, it would boot into the drive option screen and I chose one.

Made the drive that works the best the default startup disc and turned all "spin down" options off.

It's working now, but I have to get going on this. Hope my back improves this week.

Thanks for the help on Thanksgiving.
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Re: Wife's iMac Won't Boot
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: November 24, 2016 10:03PM
Sounds like problem with internal HD/drive cable.
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Re: Wife's iMac Won't Boot
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 24, 2016 10:24PM
If it happens again you need to shut down and physically unplug the Mac from the wall. Wait one minute then plug in and go again.



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Re: Wife's iMac Won't Boot
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: November 24, 2016 11:50PM
The internal drive is failing and hosing everything up as the machine keeps trying to connect to it.



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Re: Wife's iMac Won't Boot
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: November 25, 2016 12:59AM
Which iMac is it?

I think you have proved both the internal and FW drives are bad, or close to it. Get a new HD to boot from (can't say which until I know which iMac) and another as a new external backup.



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Re: Wife's iMac Won't Boot
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: November 25, 2016 05:20AM
Remember the old trick about holding down the mouse button on startup?That would eject a floppy disk if you had one stuck in the floppy drive. This also works for CDs. 'Course Jony probably changed that already.



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