I have a 2011 Mac Mini Server. It is the unibody model that has two hard drives and no optical drive. I got this second hand so I don't have anything other than the machine itself.
The way I understand these things to be set up is that one drive is the primary drive and the second drive does time-machine backups.
The primary drive is starting to go bad, I connected it via USB to another Mac and ran Disk Utility which tells me:
- Verifying volume “Server HD”
- Checking file systemError: This disk needs to be repaired. Click Repair Disk.
- Verify and Repair volume “Server HD”
- Checking file systemVolume repair complete.Updating boot support partitions for the volume as required.
- Error: Disk Utility can’t repair this disk. Back up as many of your files as possible, reformat the disk, and restore your backed-up files.
It looks like the secondary drive (Time Machine backups) is fine.
I believe the operating system is OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server.
What do I do?
- Replace the primary hard disk and try to boot it?
- Connect the time machine volume and a new (blank) HDD drive to another mac and try and run Disk Utility / Time Machine?
- Replace the primary hard disk in the Mac Mini Server and then Boot up an OS X install via a USB Drive?
If number 3, do I need to get a copy of OS X Snow Leopard Server server that I can boot from - or can I just use the Mountain Lion USB boot stick that I already have?