Mac Mini slow after restore

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Wingnut330, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. Wingnut330 macrumors 6502a

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    Hey all,

    I bought a new MM Thursday to replace my dead MBP (last model before unibody). The logic board went out so I decided to replace rather than repair. Anyway, I did a full restore of the MBP from a Time Machine backup onto the MM and it seems to run extremely slow. I get the beach ball almost every time I click on something. I plan to upgrade the RAM soon, but can't imagine that what I'm experiencing is normal.

    I'm wondering if I should start over and just bring over the items I need rather than doing a complete restore. What do you folks think? How difficult is it to start over? How do I easily copy just the files I need?
     
  2. monokitty macrumors regular

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    Did you migrate the data via Migration Assistant or did you erase the mini's drive and restore your TM to it? If it's the latter, that's your problem.
     
  3. Wingnut330 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hmmm I don't recall. I was prompted by a screen to set things up but I don't recall if it was MA or not. I think I selected to restore from a backup, selected the disk drive and it ran for about 4 hours.
     
  4. monokitty macrumors regular

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    What model of Mac mini and how much RAM? Did you run all the Software Updates since then?
     
  5. Wingnut330 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's the $599 version with 2G of RAM. Yes, SW is up to date.
     
  6. rusty2192, Oct 22, 2011
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    rusty2192 macrumors 6502a

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    Try repairing permissions with Disk Utility. It is quick and easy and always seems to help at least a little whenever I notice something isn't quite right.

    Upgrading the RAM will really help with Lion. I found 2 GB perfectly acceptable on my MacBook under SL, but with the upgrade to Lion, I pretty much had to take it up to at least 4. And it's so cheap, I couldn't say no.
     
  7. Wingnut330 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the tip. I repaired the disk permissions (took longer than expected) so I'm hoping that helps. Also went and bought RAM and now am running 8GB of RAM. I'll report back after using it a bit.
     
  8. MJL macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds like you restored the whole install. There are different drivers used since the machines are totally different - even the 2011 Mac mini requires different drivers from the 2010 mini (tried restoring that and it did not work either). Only thing to do is to do a fresh install of Lion. Before you do a fresh install / recovery of Lion: from the slow / handicapped setup that you have now: put your data onto a USB stick or on a DVD and then load that up after you have done a new install.

    Alternatively: if you still got the MBP then have the drive taken out, put it into an external enclosure and get the data in that way from it.
     

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