Mac Mini - REcovery Disk - no option key

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Drammy, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. Drammy macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2013
    Hi all,

    New to the forums (and to Macs) so easy does it :)

    I've recently bought a Mac Mini and am about to add a second HDD (SSD) as the primary boot disk.

    It's the latest model running Mountain Lion so I've downloaded the recovery assistant and have created a recovery USB stick. I'm just reading up in advance on what I need to do to get the OS back on. I know and am comfortable with adding the new drive so no problems there.

    I understand that when all is installed and working correctly I need to start the machine up holding down the option key and here lies the problem...

    I have no Apple keyboard for this machine. I have a MacBook Pro which I use to connect to it as and when necessary but basically I use it as a server and home theatre machine - it's pretty much just running Plex server and Client on the foreground and sharing files in the background.

    Is it possible to use the recovery stick without an Apple Keyboard (and the option key) or should I just purchase Lion / Server and do a fresh install - if so, which..?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    You need a keyboard so that when it boots up, you can depress the proper key combination to get into the recovery disk.
  3. Drammy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2013
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    You mentioned an "Apple" KB.... you can use any KB like and old PC USB KB you have laying around. On a PC KB the ALT key is the same as the Mac Option key.

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