How do I fix folder with question mark on Mac?

If the question mark persists, follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the power button on your Mac for up to 10 seconds, until your Mac turns off.
  2. Turn on your Mac and immediately press and hold Command (⌘) and R to start up from macOS Recovery.
  3. While in macOS Recovery, use Disk Utility to repair your startup disk.

Why is a file with a question mark popping up on my Mac?

Now you know that a Mac screen with a folder with a question mark on it means your computer can’t find a bootable disk. Sometimes it’s a minor error that can be easily fixed with an NVRAM reset or a Disk Utility First Aid scan, other times the problem will require disk formatting and macOS reinstall.

How do I reset my Mac without command r?

Turn off the Mac. Press the on button – and keep it pressed. When the Apple logo appears text will appear informing you that if you continue holding the power button you will be able to access startup options. Eventually you will be able to select Options > Continue and this will open up Recovery.

How do I start an old Mac in recovery mode?

Shut down your Mac. Hold down Command-Option/Alt-R and press the Power button. (On some Mac keyboards the Option key will be named Alt). Hold down those keys until you a spinning globe and the message “Starting Internet Recovery.

How do I restore my Mac without a recovery partition?

If your Mac is missing a Recovery partition, then you may be able to restore it, by resetting your PRAM. To reset the PRAM, restart your Mac while holding down the ‘Command+Option+P+R’ keys until you hear macOS’ distinctive startup chimes for a second time.

How do I reinstall macOS manually?

It is the easiest way to install a fresh copy of an operating system.

  1. Connect your Mac to the internet via Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
  2. Click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of your screen.
  3. Select Restart from the drop-down menu.
  4. Hold down Command and R (⌘ + R) at the same time.
  5. Click on Reinstall a new copy of macOS.