PC Workshop has seen all sorts of Mac problems over the last few years, but the one we tend to see quite often is listed today which in certain cases is the most worrying as it wont allow users to retrieve data!
A flashing folder with a question mark at startup time means that the machine cannot find a valid boot volume.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that the hardware is broken, it may just be that the contents of the internal drive has become corrupt or erased.
One way to recover is to use the recovery partition. That only works if whatever trashed your boot volume didn’t also trash the recovery partition. Which in most cases it will have done so. but we can still recover your data.
If you have an external USB hard drive with a bootable copy of Mac OS X on it (e.g., a backup that you created with a cloning program), you might try booting from it.
Contact PC Workshop we will in most instances recover your data and restore your Mac back to perfect working order!!
In fact when we’ve finished it will be more efficient and faster than ever!!!