Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2012 11:19 AM (in response to tsch93)
Whew, what a bad ride.
Does it also have Firmware password protection in Mac OS X ...
It would block usage of all the startup keys, like C, N, T, D, CMD+s, CMD+Option+p+r, CMD +v, Option, and Shift, as well as booting from anything but the Hard Drive.
Force Removing Password Protection
1) Add or remove DIMMs to change the total amount of RAM in the computer.
2) Then, the PRAM must be reset 3 times. (Command + Option + P + R).
Does it boot to Single User Mode, CMD+s keys at bootup, if so try...
Repeat until it shows no errors fixed.
(Space between fsck AND -fy important).
Resolve startup issues and perform disk maintenance with Disk Utility and fsck...
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2012 12:41 PM (in response to BDAqua)
I've never set that up and I've never seen any of those password screens so I'd assume no firmware protection
I've removed the hard drive now just incase and as soon as my enclosures come I'll try to boot this hard drive on my sisters MacBook and see if that does anything, fingers crossed, I don't care about the mini it's the data I want
I tried starting the computer without the hard drive and it was just as irresponsivre as with it in, same symptoms, so maybe the logic board's given up the ghost?Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.5.6), 2.5GB RAM 320GB HDD
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2012 2:26 PM (in response to tsch93)
Let's hope it's the Mini & not the HDD!
Keep us posted please.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2012 3:09 PM (in response to BDAqua)
Will do, should have the enclosures next week around Monday/Tuesday.
If it is the mac mini as I suspect, and I buy a new iMac, I want to port all my applications and files to the iMac, is this possible if I use the MacBook as a conduit, booting my HDD off the MacBook and migrating it to the new mac?
My 2 issues are the Mac mini was running 10.5, and the hard drive is filevaulted (then again can just decrypt it on boot).
The other issues are I want to port over Logic Pro 8, with all my presets and files, and plug
Ins, and my Adobe CS with all my presets and plug ins, I can't afford to lose those projects!
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2012 3:29 PM (in response to tsch93)
It's doubtful the new Mac will boot 10.5.8, so that may be a problem, but you may still be able to unlock & Mount that FileVaulted Home folder with the Password.
Normally, to import/migrate everything you just have that drive connected on first boot o the new Mac, after putting your info in you'll have a choice of using Setup Assistant or Migration Assistant to Migrate everything over.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2012 5:12 PM (in response to BDAqua)
What I have is an 09 MacBook Runs 10.5 natively. If I use my mini's HDD and boot it from the MacBook, then use the new iMacs migration assistant, connected to the MacBook, can I not migrate my old mac like this?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2012 5:29 PM (in response to tsch93)
Well, why couldn't you connect the drive to the iMac & then use MA on that drive after mounting the home folder?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2012 8:07 PM (in response to BDAqua)
I didn't know you could use MA between drives on the same machine, also didn't know you could mount a failevaulted drive without the login screen appearing (to decrypt), and also aren't my logic plug ins and app settings in /System/Application Data ? Not the home folder?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 9, 2012 12:00 PM (in response to tsch93)
I'm not 100% positive about the Mounting part, but yes MA can use connected drives.
I Think much of it may be in folders other than the Home folder, but I think to get everything you might need the Home folder also.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 14, 2012 4:05 AM (in response to tsch93)
Got my enclosure today, won't recognise it as a bootable when pressing option on the MacBook,
Diskutility sees it (won't mount) but can't verify it or repair it, sees the volume though.
I tried using terminal to mount and repair it, no help. What can I do? I feel like filevault is at fault