2011 Mac Mini hangs on boot with USB drives attached

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by tevans333, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. tevans333 macrumors member

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    I have a new 2011 mini that hands on the gray boot screen when I start it up with an external usb hard drive attached. If I start it up and then attach the drive it works fine. It is an externaly power drive do it's not drawing too much from the usb port. Any ideas?
     
  2. crumpler macrumors member

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    I'm having the same problem too. It doesn't actually hang, it's just really slow in booting up. Give it a while and it does boot up eventually.

    No solutions here tho.
     
  3. tevans333 thread starter macrumors member

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    Good to know it boots eventually. How long does it take?
     
  4. crumpler macrumors member

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    Mine takes approximately 10mins. But i usually just disconnect the drive altogether before booting up.
     
  5. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    You need to set the startup disk. Just google 'set startup disk osx'. Once this is done you'll boot fast every time
     
  6. tevans333 thread starter macrumors member

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    That didn't work. The only drive that shows up to select to boot from is my main drive which is selected as the boot drive. Any other ideas?
     

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