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Sep 28, 2014 21:15 |  #1

I was editing in lightroom when my mac mini froze, I turned it off and back on.. the light turned on but there are no chime, only the light and the fan noise louder than normal. Im really worried, I dont want to loose my files.. has anyone experience this? Tomorrow Il be taking it to the apple dealer first thing in the morning.


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Sep 29, 2014 16:11 |  #2

1. What model of Mac Mini do you have? (From the About this Mac in the upper left of the screen.)
2. What is your OS version?


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Oct 01, 2014 18:46 |  #3

Tony-S wrote in post #17184452 (external link)
1. What model of Mac Mini do you have? (From the About this Mac in the upper left of the screen.)
2. What is your OS version?

sorry for the delay, Mac OS X 10.9, Mavericks

So I have an Update, luckily from the local repair store they told me that the data is intact, the problem was the motherboard. My warranty still covers the new motherboard so thats not a problem. The problem is that apple told me that I needed to Backup before I send the unit. As I said in my first post my mac mini wont boot so theres the dilemma. What would be the best way to backup and recover the data before sending it to apple?

Thanks in advance and please forgive my poor english.


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Oct 01, 2014 20:31 |  #4

You can try to boot it into Target Disk Mode by holding the 'T' key when you turn it on. Keep holding the T key for at least one minute, or until the Firewire emblem appears on your screen. If that works, then you can connect it to another Mac that has a Firewire cable.

If you don't have another Mac or it won't go into Target Disk Mode, your only option is to remove the hard drive and put it in an external enclosure to back up on another Mac.

HOWEVER, first try a few things before going to all this trouble.

Have you made any modifications to the computer, such as putting in new RAM modules?

1. Press and hold the Option key and turn the power on. Keep the Option key pressed for a minute or two. If the computer boots, use the arrow keys on the keyboard to choose your Recovery partition for booting. If that boots, then launch Utilities > Disk Utility and repair the hard disk.

2. Unplug the Mini and press and hold the power button for 10 seconds. Plug it in and see if it boots.

3. If neither of these work and you have an internet connection, press the 'R' key and turn on the power. Keep the R key pressed and within 3 minutes you should see a recovery boot over the internet. If you don't see it by 3 minutes it probably isn't going to work.


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Oct 02, 2014 18:36 |  #5

Tony-S wrote in post #17188960 (external link)
You can try to boot it into Target Disk Mode by holding the 'T' key when you turn it on. Keep holding the T key for at least one minute, or until the Firewire emblem appears on your screen. If that works, then you can connect it to another Mac that has a Firewire cable.

If you don't have another Mac or it won't go into Target Disk Mode, your only option is to remove the hard drive and put it in an external enclosure to back up on another Mac.

HOWEVER, first try a few things before going to all this trouble.

Have you made any modifications to the computer, such as putting in new RAM modules?

1. Press and hold the Option key and turn the power on. Keep the Option key pressed for a minute or two. If the computer boots, use the arrow keys on the keyboard to choose your Recovery partition for booting. If that boots, then launch Utilities > Disk Utility and repair the hard disk.

2. Unplug the Mini and press and hold the power button for 10 seconds. Plug it in and see if it boots.

3. If neither of these work and you have an internet connection, press the 'R' key and turn on the power. Keep the R key pressed and within 3 minutes you should see a recovery boot over the internet. If you don't see it by 3 minutes it probably isn't going to work.

Thank you so much!the firewire did the trick! You just saved my life :D


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