I received a replacement Mini 9, as the first one came with the wrong keyboard.
I wanted to backup OS X from the old Mini and restore it on the new one.
I did this:
- I took my partitioned USB stick with the boot partition and the OS X install files which I still had from the "One USB Stick Install Method"
- I booted the old Mini into the OS X Install DVD
- I chose Disk Utility, chose the internal OS X partition, clicked "New Image", and saved the image to the external 100GB USB hard drive
- I took the same USB stick, and booted again into the OS X Install DVD, this time on the new Mini
- I chose Disk Utility, reformated the internal SSD
with GUID and Mac OS X Journaled
- I clicked on "Restore", clicked "Image", chose the image from the external USB hard drive, and dragged the newly created internal partition into the Destination field and clicked Restore
- I booted via USB stick into the internal drive to install DellEFI. The Apple logo came on, the wheel beneath it started to spin. And spin. And spin. After a while the Mini just rebooted. I tried this over and over, with boot options -x, -f, the =x86pc thing, but nothing worked.
What did I do wrong?