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  1. I'm happy to say my Mac has been restored to full...

    I'm happy to say my Mac has been restored to full function. I needed only one of the Fusion drive disassembly steps - deleting the logical group. The logical volume did not show up on the core...
  2. So it isn't as easy as I thought, and now I'm...

    So it isn't as easy as I thought, and now I'm scared.

    I've successfully booted the Mac from a recovery disk, and I'm in the process of making a new bootable external drive. But the article you...
  3. Thanks to you both for your replies. I realized...

    Thanks to you both for your replies. I realized yesterday that there is really no reason to rush to replace the dead drive immediately - the 250 GB SSD that's in there is more than big enough for...
  4. 2012 Mini restore/repair (internal drive questions)

    Hola all -

    I'm getting mighty tired of hard drives dying. My previous Mac Minis (2003, 2007) died of premature HDD failures, and now I've got a 2012 Mini with an almost brand-new Fusion drive...
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    The AB2CSV app doesn't let you choose what to...

    The AB2CSV app doesn't let you choose what to open. The entirety of its user interface consists of a few prefs about groups and fields, and one small button; I push it, and it says "nothing to...
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    All I can say is that I have a backup of my...

    All I can say is that I have a backup of my Application Support folder which contains an "Address Book" folder. In it are the following:

    ABPerson.skIndex
    ABPerson.skIndexInverted...
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    Yes, I am REALLY missing it. I can't email...

    Yes, I am REALLY missing it. I can't email anyone until/unless they email me first.

    I took a shot and spent $0.99 on AB2CSV - didn't work. It says "nothing to export". Apparently Address Book...
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    I really do appreciate all the advice......

    I really do appreciate all the advice... unfortunately, all the suggestions I've read so far involve launching Address Book at some point. If I could do that, I wouldn't have a problem. 10.8 simply...
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    That makes sense with what I am reading about it,...

    That makes sense with what I am reading about it, and I feel the same way you do. Just let me keep my private stuff private!



    This may be my best hope. I can install 10.6 (why do I have to...
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    rwm: can you give me any idea WHAT exactly...

    rwm: can you give me any idea WHAT exactly "should work"?

    If you don't remember explicitly converting your "Address Book" data to a "Contacts" file, then I'm guessing the update process did it for...
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    Address Book woes

    My 2007 Mini's hard drive just threw a shoe (it takes an hour of spinning to mount, but I can't actually OPEN anything). I was running 10.6.

    I bought an even OLDER Mini for cheap, and it's...
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    Proxies for n00bs

    I know someone who'd like to set up a blog on one of these free sites (e.g., WordPress) but worries about anonymity. I understand this is what proxy servers are for, but know very little about how...
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    I'm all set up and backed up. Thanks for the...

    I'm all set up and backed up. Thanks for the advice. Users will stay on the boot drive.

    My boot volume (on the Mini HD) is mirrored on the external HD using TM. I was just AMAZED - and not...
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    I'm all done! The new Mini seems fully...

    I'm all done!

    The new Mini seems fully functional (although I'm sure some bugs will crop up in one of the three accounts at some point). My music works, my mail account works, and my Firefox...
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    I think I'm almost there. I copied my Users...

    I think I'm almost there.

    I copied my Users folder to the ext drive.

    I did the BatChmod thing. The permissions on all the accounts were so screwed up from all the previous wrestling I'd done...
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    Thanks, guys. I notice TM basically just fills...

    Thanks, guys. I notice TM basically just fills up a volume with copies, so I'm going to partition the external drive and let it write the backups to the innermost partition.

    I'll implement this...
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    Thanks to both of you - "never give up; never...

    Thanks to both of you - "never give up; never surrender!"

    I have BatChmod 1.37; I see there is a 1.51 and a 1.6. Which do you recommend?

    Will Carbon Copy Cloner still work? I have a notion to...
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    I have no plans to buy any more hardware in the...

    I have no plans to buy any more hardware in the near future. When I bought the Seagate and enclosure, I agonized over FW vs USB; what made my mind up was flexibility - someday, heaven forbid, the...
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    to move /Users, or NOT to move...

    On my last Mac (G5), I had two internal HD, arranged thusly:

    Cuda: partition 1 - system & apps, partition 2 - Users backup
    Maxtor: Partition 1 - Users, partition 2 - system & apps backup.
    ...
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    After sleeping on my problem, my subconscious...

    After sleeping on my problem, my subconscious mind has pointed out some additional considerations:



    This is simply impossible. My users folder has grown to 50+GB; my system partition has only...
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    Hmmm. I think I was logged as the "regular" user...

    Hmmm. I think I was logged as the "regular" user when I copied the whole enchilada to the new machine... but I've never been clear on how permissions work anyway. There are three different user...
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    Thanks, rick, for the help. I thought this was...

    Thanks, rick, for the help. I thought this was essentially what I already tried, but clearly I didn't do it right. Let's make sure I understand:



    Since I now already HAVE user accounts on the...
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    Well... hard to say, so far: ...

    Well... hard to say, so far:

    http://www.macgurus.com/forums/showthread.php?p=123598#post123598

    I'm really impressed with how quiet it is, but compared to the wind-tunnel G5, I guess that's not...
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    Just to give some closure to this uplifting...

    Just to give some closure to this uplifting thread, I bit the bullet and bought a Mini 2.26GHz last week.

    I checked eBay for 1.6 GHz G5s, just curious to see what they are worth, and found...
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    Moving to new Mac, lost users

    I KNOW this will be somewhere else, so feel free to point me to it, with my apologies.

    Just got my new Mac Mini to replace the 1.6 GHz (non-Intel) G5. Had users (three accounts) on a separate...
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