New 2011 Mac Mini Server Stuck Booting

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mdgm, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. mdgm macrumors 6502a

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    I have a new 2011 Mini Server that is stuck on booting.

    I booted the Mini using Target disk mode, cloned the stock hard drive using SuperDuper, created a RAID-1 set using the stock hard drives, then restored from backup.

    It's now stuck booting, but instead of showing the Apple logo it's showing a symbol a bit like a don't smoke symbol but without the cigarette. Any suggestions?
     
  2. OTACORB macrumors 6502a

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    It is not finding the OS, my suggestion if you have a decent internet connection is to reboot command-R and do the Internet Recovery. This will insure that it is installed properly.

    I know the symbol you are talking about, basically it is a circle with a line through it. I had this happen when I first setup a new drive on my Mac Mini using an existing SSD and because the Lion OS wasn't the exact one that came on the Mini I ended up having to do the Internet Recovery. Glad I did cause it gave me a really good clean install.

    Just the simplest way to get around it, provided you have a decent internet connection.
     
  3. mdgm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Solved it without needing to use Internet Recovery (started this, but it was taking way too long, so aborted it).

    Two problems:

    1. I had left Recovery HDD on.
    2. I had cloned the Recovery HDD using dd

    Solution.

    I booted back into target disk mode, deleted partition and recreated RAID set and restored backup.

    It still wouldn't work, so I created a recovery partition usb key using an older Mac. Then I used dd to overwrite the recovery partition on the USB key with the one from the 2011 Mini Server

    I was able to use this to boot into the recovery HDD and when I quit I selected the startup disk as the one on the RAID set. It then proceeded to boot.
     

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