I'm dealing with my friend's Macbook White A1181. Original hard drive died a few weeks ago so we installed a brand new Samsung 840 EVO (256GB).

I've read several tutorials on how to reinstall OSX on a new fresh hard drive without luck. After the chime, I press alt/option key then the mouse pointer appears and that's all. I waited for ˜30 minutes and nothing happend.

Also tried with all those key combinations and nothing: http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201255. If I didn't hit any key, I got a flashing folder icon with a question sign.

Hope you can help me!

  • and you know that the flashing folder with question mark says no system installed or found?
    – Ruskes
    Jan 17, 2015 at 2:08
  • I know this thread is quite old, but I have the same problem/situation with Masterl1nk, and I can't find concrete answer to this problem yet. I already created Mac OS installer in a USB stick like quietquake said, but holding the Option key does not show up list of devices, just white screen with mouse pointer. If I don't press any key, a flashing folder with a Question mark appears. Exactly like the situation of Masterl1nk. My Mac is Apple MacBook Pro "Core Duo" 2.0 15" with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Hope there's anyone there who can give us the answer. Thanks in advance.
    – user183166
    May 12, 2016 at 1:43

1 Answer 1


You need to either insert a Mac OS installer DVD in the optical drive, or a Mac OS installer USB drive in a USB port. You then need to boot from the installer by holding the option key while starting the computer up, then clicking the installer in the list of available devices.

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