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Mac Mini failure - > 1/2 hour to startup

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Experiencing a Mac Mini failure - > 1/2 hour to startup,

Booting MacMini from cold start with no attached peripherals with LAN (works OK)  after 45 minutes still no startup screen.

Seems I have a problem here which I propose to solve with another MacMini to which I will transfer contents from Time Machine (or Acronis True Image backup) and expect to start work again. I have a another networked MacMini which has most of the files from failed unit.

Can I reformat failed MacMini to see if software failure is the problem? If, so how?

Other ideas welcome!
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