help getting into the recovery console

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by ghrui, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. ghrui macrumors newbie

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    Sep 19, 2011
    #1
    hey

    i just installed a second hard drive to my mac mini (799$ version)
    i want to get into the recovery console to install lion on the SSD drive i installed instead of the regular hard drive the mac mini boots from now but i can't.

    trying cmd+r when i restart or just turn on the mini but it always just boot to lion and not going into the recovery console.

    any ideas why? what am i doing wrong ?

    thanks in advance for the help
     
  2. Detrius macrumors 68000

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    Asheville, NC
    #2
    It's not a recovery console. That's a Windows term, and on Windows, it really is a console.

    Hold down the option key when you boot. It'll show you the bootable volumes that it sees, and "Recovery" should be one of them.
     
  3. shortcut3d macrumors 65816

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    I've had issues with BT Keyboards not coming on line fast enough. However, adding a USB Lion Recovery drive would allow me to hold option to see bootable devices. It seems that searching the external device for a boot option slowed thing down enough for the BT Keyboard to send the "Option" key press. FWIW, A fast external SSD on FW800 did not help. In my case, I replaced both drives with new drives that were apparently formatted with NTFS from the factory. Therefore, the error I was receiving was "No bootable devices found".
     

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