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NEW MAC MINI LATE 2012

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sambou2 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Oct 28, 2012 7:21 PM

I juste picked up a mac mini (late 2012)

  • 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
  • 4GB memory
  • 1TB hard drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000

With the previous generation mac mini I used to boot my Hitachi external hdd with no issue at all. the enclosure of Hitachi hdd is USB 3 ready. So after setting up the mac mini,I now try to boot my external hdd using USB 3 ports only to see on the screen the no go sign. then I used an enclosure with FireWire 800,same no go sign. I finally used an adapter thunderbolt to FireWire it still wont boot.

When I restart the mac mini I see different boot drive including my external hdd after pressing Option key. after choosing the external boot drive I see a screen with no go sign and the computer shut itself down after few second. When I boot my mac mini from its own hdd my external hhd will show on the desktop and also on the disk utility.

I called apple help desk they seem to have no clue about the issue. I went back to apple store and they swapped my one day old mac mini for another one. Once home,after setting up everything again,to my big surprise same old booting issue. I will hang on to this mac mini for 14 days hoping to find a fix otherwise I will return it and get my money back.

please my hitachi external hdd has no issue 'cause i can still boot it using 27 imac and my last year mac mini.

can anybody please help?

Mac mini (Late 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • BGreg Level 6 Level 6 (17,500 points)
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    Oct 28, 2012 7:43 PM (in response to sambou2)

    Does your external hard drive have an operating system that is earlier than Mountain Lion, ie, Lion, Snow Leopard, etc?  That would be one reason why you couldn't boot from it.

  • Ben Van Houtte Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Oct 28, 2012 9:17 PM (in response to sambou2)

    Try and update your OS to the special version for 2012 Mac minis, http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1603.

  • woodmeister50 Level 4 Level 4 (3,690 points)
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    Oct 29, 2012 2:29 AM (in response to sambou2)

    As the others have said, the OS on your external drive

    is missing critical drivers if it was created before the

    release of the new Mini and will need to be updated.

     

    You will have to:

    1.  If the OS is Mountain Lion, you should be able to

        boot into the Recovery HD and reinstalll the OS

         on to the external drive.  This will force the download

         of the correct drivers for your machine.  Data and apps

         should not be affected.

    2.  If it is Lion or earlier OS, it will need to be updated

          to Mountain Lion.

  • Jere Krischel Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 29, 2012 9:20 PM (in response to sambou2)

    Okay, slight variation - Mac mini 2012, destroyed recovery partition trying to RAID it, and now I need an InstallESD.dmg with the correct drivers to boot from external for a fresh install. Is there some way to update an existing USB ML install drive with the late 2012 10.8.2 updates, so that I can do my clean install?

  • andrewrob Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 7:42 AM (in response to Jere Krischel)

    Hi, did you solve this. I am in the same boat. Just Raided my mac mini and my USB flash drive with 10.8.2 wont boot.

  • Jere Krischel Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 2:38 PM (in response to andrewrob)

    I used OSX Internet Recovery to rebuild from scratch essentially, and gave up on the RAID.  I'm now running the second drive as a Time Machine drive for the first one.

  • Rob B. Campbell Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 8:36 PM (in response to Jere Krischel)

    I think I'm going to try giving up on RAID, redownloading OS, and then creating Recovery HD from THE MAC MINI, after the 10.8.2 update, and see what happens.  I too have been battling this, and AppleCare Enterprise is like "huh"?

     

    probably will be fixed in 10.8.3

  • andrewrob Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 15, 2012 2:34 AM (in response to sambou2)

    Hi, I am now thinking what is the point in buying server. If you cant use raid then the other drive seems pointless for use as time machhine as if the mini goes wrong you have to dismantle it to get to the time machine. I am going to use external time machine.

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