So my venerable Mac Mini finally decided that the 320GB hard drive was no longer a viable platform and started to error and give me the spinning beach ball of death for minutes at a time.
All of the diagnostics pointed to a bad hard disk. I can’t really complain about this drive as it was in the Mini when i bought it and has been performing admirably for the last 5 years.
I picked up a new 1TB Western Digital 2.5″ drive to replace it with figuring i could make use of the extra space. I partitioned the drive with 2 500GB partitions and went to install OS X. I discovered that the newest OS on an install media i had was Lion. I had apparently upgraded from Lion to Mountain Lion without doing a clean install…..oops…
Install Lion, downloaded Mavericks and while it was downloading, googled around for creating a Mavericks install that would allow me to start clean.
sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Untitled --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app --nointeraction
This did the trick. I needed an 8GB flash drive formatted with a GUID partition and named “Untitled”.
Booted from this flash drive after it completed and wiped and started install. Started doing this at around 1030 pm, so after the install started, i went to bed…
Woke up to a fresh install of Mavericks that was ready for me to set up. Of course, my Time Machine backup from ML was not recognized, so i had to recreate my user account and reimport bookmarks and data manually.
stuff left to do:
- reinstall Photoshop
- reconfigure Calibre and restore my book library
- figure out how to reinstall apache to serve my book library remotely again
- restore ssh keys so that i can remote into my servers without passwords again