2010 Mac Mini, DEAD HDD can't restore/recover/install OS

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by wgr73, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. wgr73 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm stuck guys. The HDD that was in it is gone, nothing recoverable. Have a new HDD now. I formatted/partitioned it in preparation for using the restore discs it came with. Whenever I hold "C" to boot from disc nothing happens. I tried internet restore and the globe comes up, then it just goes away. Seems like this doesn't want to restore anything!...not even from the factory discs. Any suggestions?
     
  2. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    Have you tried holding down ALT/Option key and seeing if the list of available boot choices includes the restore disk?

    Cheers,
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    I know it's a little late now, but this is why the savvy Mac user keeps a BOOTABLE CLONE of the internal drive nearby.

    If you had had a bootable clone backup drive, you could have connected it and you would have been back up and running in the span of about 3 minutes.

    Go forth, and learn!
     
  4. wgr73 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have tried this, nothing comes up. All I get is a blank white screen or a flashing question mark.

    Absoltely, and for my own personal Mac I have this. This is a friends computer ;)

    I even tried restoring my 10.9 cloned machine to hers and it kernel panics....I expected that with the newer hardware.
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

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    If you have updated the firmware on your Mini it should have Internet recovery and from your description of the globe it sounds like you do.

    How did you format the new drive?

    You should be able to hold command-option-r at boot and get the globe then the recovery console should come up. From there you can use Disk Util to erase the drive to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) then quit Disk Util and click reinstall OS X.
     
  6. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    How about trying an external USB DVD drive to boot from? Or creating that Mavericks install USB onto a USB stick?

    Cheers,
     
  7. wgr73 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm guessing they did update the firmware, I can't confirm this thought.

    I used my MBA with disk util, GUID partition table, 2 partitions (1 for boot/os and 1 for recovery...if I can ever get this to work).

    Tried this as well. Should've added that to the OP
     
  8. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    That's really odd that it won't recognize external USB install sources at all. I've never seen that.

    Have you tried prayer, chicken sacrifices, jumping on one foot while reciting the pledge of allegiance backwards? :rolleyes: :confused:

    Cheers,
     
  9. Weaselboy Moderator

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    If you mean the hidden 650MB recovery utility OS X installs, you don't need to make a partition for that. Just erase the drive to one partition and the OS X install will make and install the recovery partition.
     
  10. wgr73 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yup.

    I can't get the OS X install to even run. Once I'm able to get it to run then I'll use disk util there.
     
  11. niteflyr macrumors 6502a

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    I had an issue once where Internet Recovery would not work over wifi but did work when I connected by ethernet. Worth a try.
     
  12. sukidabe macrumors newbie

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    Snow Leopard ? If so, Hellhammer has a how to in Mac Guides. The one in Site and Forum Feedback. Something about the ALT key.
     
  13. wgr73 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting! I'll try this.

    SL, yes. I'll look at this, thanks.
     
  14. tdk337 macrumors newbie

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    So you replaced the internal drive or is it still in there? A defective drive prevented my laptop to boot even to CD previously.

    What happens if you unplug the hard drive completely? Will it boot to CD then? Maybe the hard drive isn't bad. Maybe it's the hard drive interface on the logic board.
     
  15. marzer macrumors 65816

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    I second this. Had a hard drive go bad in a previous iMac and it gave me trouble trying to boot from the Superdrive or external media. Lead me to believe there was a logic board problem. Fortunately, the LB was good just the hard drive had gone bad.
     
  16. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    Same here. I have had hard drives die in two Mac minis and in each case the machine would not boot from the optical drive until the hard drive was replaced.

    A.
     
  17. barkmonster macrumors 68020

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    I agree. Destroyed my whole setup trying to dual boot Mavericks and Snow Leopard internally. It messed up permissions on a shared drive, kernel panicked after the system decided to chose the boot partition of disk0 with disk1/disk0 with disk 1. Cloned back from a bootable backup, ran the 4 UNIX commands for resetting a locked disk and realised Mavericks was trash. Now have Snow Leopard still internally and Mountain Lion on another external disk I made with the clone. I would have been utterly screwed if I didn't!
     
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