Installed SSD now Folder with '?' appears on boot

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by fortytwoeleven, Aug 18, 2015.

  1. fortytwoeleven macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2012
    Hi, just replaced the HDD on my Mac Mini Mid 2011 with a Crucial BSX100 SSD.
    Now when I boot I get a folder with ? icon on it.

    I have attempted to hold down option on boot, option+R, etc

    Is this a hardware or software issue?

    I have a version of OSX on a usb that I am trying to boot into.

  2. pdafan macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2011
    It simply means the mac mini cannot find any bootable OSX to boot up.

    Power up your mac mini and press Option button immediately. See if the OSX installation USB disk shows up.

    From your description, it seems your USB thumb drive is not holding up as a bootable OSX installation drive.

    Otherwise your mac mini will boot into that USB image and allow you to partition/format (using disk utility) and install a new OSX on your SSD.
  3. fortytwoeleven thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2012

    Managed to find the USB was faulty and fixed that problem with a new USB.

    However when I look in system information / Disk Utility the SSD is not there.
    I'm not sure if this means the SATA cable is busted. or the SSD is faulty..

    Or was I meant to do something in the terminal to make the mini see it? etc?
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    What version of OS X is on the original hard drive (in the Mini)?

    What version of OS X do you have installed on the SSD?
  5. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    There is nothing special you need to do to see the SSD in Disk Util. If you can't even see it, you have either a bad drive or bad drive cable like you mentioned. Do you happen to have a USB external enclosure you could put the drive in to check if you can see it there?
  6. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000


    Mar 17, 2007
    One or the other plus add in the power connector not properly seated in the ssd to power it on only things that can be wrong really. Should be nothing special to be done to make the mini see it it should be backward compatible if you have really old mini. Unfortunately I am thinking you have another tear apart on your hands making sure you get all the cables connected properly with a perhaps startup before you put everything back in the case to make sure it fires up seeing the new ssd. Now the way I would have done this was attach new ssd to external enclosure when it first arrived powered it on to format/partition for a mac computer then cloned old install to new ssd then booted with external to make sure it worked then take apart mini and put ssd inside once everything was confirmed but that ship has sailed in your case.
  7. fortytwoeleven thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2012
    Thanks for everyones input. It turns out it was a busted SATA cable in the end :)

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