Mac mini (2012) hard drive problem

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by risk235, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. risk235 macrumors member

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    My Mac froze so I restarted it and was greeted with "?" folder. I tried internet recovery and my hard drives aren't showing up. I was going to reinstall OS X but both hard drives won't show up. Could it be a bad hard drive connector and if so is it something simple I can do myself?
     
  2. Joelburman macrumors regular

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    Is it an HDD sounds like it might have malfunctioned. You have time machine back-up?
     
  3. risk235 thread starter macrumors member

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    No time machine backup. I did only iCloud. The hard drive makes a slight scratching noise then it stops.
     
  4. zhaoxin macrumors regular

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    Open the box and reconnect you hard disk.
    If above does not work, you may need to buy a need 2.5" hard disk or a ssd to replace it.

    You may need to search the open process in ifixit.com
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    risk235 wrote above:
    [[ No time machine backup. I did only iCloud. The hard drive makes a slight scratching noise then it stops. ]]

    You have an appropriate username. Too much "risk" the way you're doing things now.

    Your situation as it stands now is why I recommend that all Mac users keep at least one BOOTABLE CLONED BACKUP created with either CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper.

    If had a bootable backup -- instead of the all-but-useless "cloud" -- you could be back up and running in about 3 minutes. And from that point, go forward to ascertain what the trouble is. Just connect the backup, turn on the Mac, and get to it.

    Sounds like it could be a physical failure of the internal HDD. Internet recovery won't work if there isn't a physical drive upon which to install the incoming software.

    If I was in your position, I'd suggest:
    - A new drive (consider an SSD, I suggest Crucial)
    - A USB3 enclosure (such as this one):
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003VKTJGW...UTF8&colid=R75PP4I2A0BE&coliid=I3DOKZ31SP7539
    - Put the drive into the enclosure, retry internet recovery, and "aim" the software install at the new drive (you'll have to initialize it first)
    - Boot the Mini externally for the moment, just to get it running.
    - Get the data you need from the cloud and restore it to the external drive.
    - Once everything seems OK, THEN consider installing the drive INTO the Mini.

    If this works, get another drive for the enclosure, and create a bootable cloned backup to keep close by.
    Then you won't have to face "I can't boot" situations, such as you have now!
     
  6. risk235 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the advice. I should of known better. It takes something like this to open your eyes and be more careful.
     
  7. marclondon macrumors regular

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    You've got two drives - but a system on only one? if you have access to another Mac you can put a system on a USB stick or external drive and then install a system on the good drive.

    M.
     
  8. risk235 thread starter macrumors member

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    Got a call from the Apple Store and turns out it was a failed hard drive. Guess I'm going to get a hard drive enclosure and hopefully be able to recover some of my data. Thanks for all the help and suggestions.
     
  9. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    get a good external pay the money and the external goes from mac to mac to mac.
     

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