wiped mac mini clean but forgot to reinstall os

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by rocketman5803, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. rocketman5803 macrumors newbie

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    Hey folks,

    I made a stupid mistake, I shut down the mac mini before reinstalled os online in the recovery mode. Now I boot it up and hold down option key or whatever, it keeps flashing a folder with question mark. I know it indicates it can't find a bootable. Is there anyway that I can get into recovery mode again without having to use an external bootable?

    Many thanks!!
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    If you have a fairly modern OS like Mountain Lion or Mavericks you can get into recover mode and do an internet recovery by holding the cmd-r key while booting up and then selecting internet recovery.
     
  3. Weaselboy Moderator

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    What year is your Mini? If it is 2010+ and you have applied all firmware updates, you can command-option-r boot to Internet recovery and DL the OS even without a recovery partition or OS on the internal drive.

    Do you happen to have a current Time Machine backup? If so, you can option key boot to that and restore also.
     
  4. rocketman5803 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    As I said in the title, I erased the hard drive, I was supposed to reinstall OS via Internet right after that, but I shut it down. It's probably because I wiped the bootable partition as well?

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    I doubt when the machine boots up, the keyboard isn't getting recognised while I am holding the keys?
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Are you using a Bluetooth KB? People seem to have trouble getting this to work with a BT KB. Do you have an old USB KB you could try?
     
  6. rocketman5803 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I am using a traditional keyboard, wired to mac mini via USB.
     
  7. Weaselboy Moderator

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    If you have a Mini listed at the link I posted, then you may not have updated the firmware to handle Internet Recovery. If that is the case, you are going to need some sort of USB recovery key to boot from to get things going again.
     
  8. blanka macrumors 68000

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    Doesn't the 2011 do internetrecovery out of the box, even without firmware updates? And the 2010 has a drive and install disk, so that is no problem either.

    If neither helps, buy Snow Leopard at Apple (20$), and do an install from disk (using Target mode if you don't have a DVD drive).
     

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