How can I get files off a broken Mac Mini to an iMac?

johnbro23

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Apr 12, 2004
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The Mac Mini fails to start up... it gets to the welcome screen and no further. We have tried booting from the install CD to the Mac Mini and reinstalling, but nothing seems to fix it.

So I have an iMac connected to a Firewire cable connected to the Mac Mini. I restarted the iMac, and held down "t". The iMac booted up with the firewire symbol screen saver thing. But nothing else happened. Do I need to have the Mac Mini connected to a display? What do you think I am doing wrong?

Thanks in advance for the help :)
 

Ti_Poussin

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May 6, 2005
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Like johnbro23 have said you should do the invert try to boot the mac mini from the iMac disk holding the T key on the mac mini, yes a screen would be require. If the iMac can't boot from the target mode there's two possibility, the disk is damage or the motherboard is damage. You can try to find a firewire enclosure and get out the disk from the mac mini and put it in the enclosure. If it doesn't work there you will be damn or bless depending of your priority, not expansive to change but you lose your data. Else the motherboard have problem.

N.B.: The Mac mini is surely under Apple Warranty (less than a 1 years old), before removing the HD or any operation like that, go to your Apple reseller to make it repair for free.
 

johnbro23

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I have booted up the Mac Mini holding "t" and got the files transferred. Now I'm erasing and installing Mac OSX... hopefully this works this time. If not, I'll have to try Disk Warrior and see if that works. Anyone have any other suggestions if it still doesn't work?
 
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