Bootcamp issues (2011 Mac Mini)

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by ZolakJHS, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. ZolakJHS macrumors member

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    So, for Christmas I got a 120 GB SSD that I put into my Mac Mini. To start off with, I decided to create my own Fusion Drive, which went smoothly. Everything booted up, etc. BUT, when I tried to access my Windows partition (which was untouched), everything went to hell. Computer booted to a black screen, and the only way to recover from that was a full restore from my time capsule.
    At that point, I decided to get rid of the fusion drive and manage my data manually. Got everything restored (put OS X on the SSD, etc)... then went to install Boot camp (on my second internal drive) and windows again.
    Everything seemed to be going fine, but during the partitioning phase when it reboots (i think to start the windows install), everything went black again, and again the only way to recover was to do a full recovery from my Time Capsule (Boot options weren't working).
    Has anyone seen this before/know of a solution? For now I am just going without Boot Camp but I eventually would like to get that installed again.
     
  2. Quad5Ny, Jan 3, 2013
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    Quad5Ny macrumors 6502a

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    Have you tried running Windows Startup Repair on your second drive? Are you starting Windows Setup in EFI mode (if so, don't)?

    I have no experience with Fusion Drives so none of these solutions to let you keep the Fusion Drive. Also FYI when installing Boot Camp for the Mac Pro's Apple recommends you remove all drives except the one your installing Wndows to and to have that drive in Bay 1 (maybe the Mini is just as picky?).


    Anyway here are the things I would try:
     
  3. ZolakJHS thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks! I'll give these a shot.

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    Actually one more question... when you say "Go through windows setup"... does that mean using bootcamp assistant?
     
  4. Quad5Ny macrumors 6502a

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    Do you have a working Windows Setup disc or ThumbDrive? I really should have asked this before. Maybe your Windows setup media (disc/flash drive) is wrong/broken?

    It's not necessary to use the Boot Camp assistant. Your manually creating the partition using Disk Utility. You can try it but I don't know if it will get confused with 2 drives installed.

    If you need clarification on any of the steps, feel free to ask.

    This is Windows Setup -
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQGcjnnT2Dk
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