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HT1310: Startup Manager: How to select a startup volume

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HT1310 Startup manager problem

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Animado4 Calculating status...
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I still don't get the startup manager. All I get is a wifi network drop down menu, and it doesn't even have my wifi as an option. When I connect to the neighbor's, it still doesn't give me anything bu the wifi drop down menu. Any ideas??

Mac mini (Mid 2010)
  • batousan Calculating status...
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    Sep 26, 2012 5:48 AM (in response to Animado4)

    I have the exact problem on mine at this very moment, it goes straight to startup manager. I want to get to disk utility and recover/erase/format if necsessary. Any ideas why you wouldn't get the option?

  • woodmeister50 Level 4 Level 4 (3,690 points)
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    Sep 26, 2012 6:07 AM (in response to Animado4)

    The flashing folder with the question mark means that

    the bootloader cannot find a valid system volume to

    boot from on the machine.

     

    Unless there is an OSX system server on the network,

    you won't see anything to boot from over the network.

     

    What you may need to do is a PRAM reset

    (http://support.apple.com/kb/PH4405) to get the bootloader

    to see the HDD, assuming that there is a working system

    on the drive.  It says its for Lion, but it is the same instructions

    for all Intel Macs.

  • woodmeister50 Level 4 Level 4 (3,690 points)
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    Sep 26, 2012 6:10 AM (in response to batousan)

    batousan wrote:

     

    I have the exact problem on mine at this very moment, it goes straight to startup manager. I want to get to disk utility and recover/erase/format if necsessary. Any ideas why you wouldn't get the option?

    If you are seeing drives that are selectable and using

    Lion or Mountain Lion, select the Recovery HD.  If

    you are using an earlier OS, insert the install DVD

    select and start it, an when it comes up, select

    Disk Utilities from the Utilities menu.

  • batousan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 26, 2012 6:34 AM (in response to woodmeister50)

    Sorry I got that completely wrong it goes straight to Internet recovery when I boot holding either the option/alt key or command-r. It doesn't ever see startup manager options.

     

    I'm using Mountain Lion on a 13" Early 2011 MBP.

     

    There is no sound from the hard drive so wonder if its either dead or has no power.

     

    I've tried the reset (command option p +r) to no avail.

  • woodmeister50 Level 4 Level 4 (3,690 points)
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    Sep 27, 2012 2:06 AM (in response to Animado4)

    To both of you for future reference, get yourself a USB

    memory stick, partition it with GUID partition map and

    use Apple's Recovery Assistant to create a bootable

    external Recovery HD.

     

    You can get it here:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1433

     

    It is an invaluable tool when running into booting

    issues with internal drives.

     

    You'll be able to boot it using the option key

    and selecting it, then you can run disk utility from it

    to see if drive is dead or just horribly corrupted.

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