The Apple Mac computer system is one of the most sophisticated on the market today. With everything built into one package so that it looks as though you are using a screen and keyboard, the Mac has the look of a fashion icon and the power of several computers all in one. What makes the Apple Mac so appealing to many users is its ability to handle a variety of different tasks at one time such as graphic-intensive work and audio production where the Apple’s Windows-based counterparts require a whole host of separate cards and devices all working in unison which can cause their own set of unique problems
The Apple Mac differs from its Windows-based counterpart in that it displays errors in a different way. Where a Windows-based desktop PC or laptop would display errors in dialogue boxes or using the dreaded ‘Blue Screen of Death’ (BSOD) the Apple Mac range often show a question mark (?) in the middle of the screen to signify that there is an issue. What it does not do however is point you in the right direction when identifying what this question mark (?) relates to.
Generally on seeing the question mark (?) on your Apple Mac’s screen you should assume that the problem is hard drive related and power down. Do not try and continue to restart the machine over and over as this will only make an already difficult situation worse and may lead to mechanical issues arising with the drive where originally the problem could be an issue with firmware, software or a conflict between the two.
Apple Mac’s have what is referred to in Mac user circles as ‘the Beachball’ – this is a coloured circle that appears when an application has difficulty performing its task(s) normally and can be the precursor to issues arising with the hard drive, especially if the drive has bad sectors and the programs being used cannot read or write to those sectors because they are damaged. It is worth seeking help if you are constantly faced with this ‘Beachball’ as it does not necessarily signify problems with internal RAM.
What is ‘switching’? Well simply switching is when you press the CMD and forward arrow buttons on an Apple keyboard which allows you to move between open windows or files. If this process becomes slow you should consider that there are issues with the hard drive as opposed to issues with the ‘virtual memory’. Here at Belfast Data Recovery our engineers recommend that if these processes slow down too much then the issue is more likely to be hard drive based so expert advice should be sought sooner rather than later.
Whatever the problem, here at Belfast Data Recovery we can offer you a series of solutions when it comes to recovering your data from a faulty Apple Mac. Using our standard, express or critical packages we can recover your data to a new medium quickly and efficiently with the minimal amount of loss possible – usually none.