Apple Mac Mini is a small power packed computer, perfect to handle day to day tasks. For those who don’t know, consider this as a CPU, you will just need to add a monitor, keyboard and mouse and you are ready to roll. In July 2011, Apple updated their Mac Mini product. Did you know that Mac Mini has enough space inside to install a second hard drive? Yes, this is possible.
We all love to have more free space on hard drive. If you’re just buying out a new Mac Mini, then you don’t need to follow this process, instead just opt for a bigger hard drive. There are two models offered and can be configured as per our needs. Both models are configurable to 750GB (7200-rpm) hard drive, 2.5GHz model also configurable to 256GB solid-state drive or 256GB SSD and 750GB (7200-rpm) hard drive, at the Apple Online Store. It would be great to also offer 1 TB option, as currently we don’t have any such option.
Installing Second Hard Drive in Mac Mini
This method applies to non-server models only. The good guys at iFixit have revealed that Mac Mini has enough room to hold a second hard drive and also there is an extra SATA port, so that you can plug in another hard drive, provided you find the proper cable for this.
There are two sources where you can find complete – step by step process.
If you follow the iFixit method, then you will need to order Dual Hard Drive Kit. This is a custom designed kit, including all the tools and parts you will ever need to install a second hard drive in 2011 Mac Mini.
This kit includes:
- Proprietary SATA hard drive cable
- Mounting screws
- Shock-absorbing mounting grommets
- 26-Piece Bit Driver Kit
- Mac Mini Logic Board Removal Tool
So basically, you get everything required to do this task.
If you follow the second Macrumors method, then you will need to order “Bottom Hard Drive Flex Cable” from online shop. More information is available at above mentioned URL. Check out both the tutorials and follow the one which you think is easy.
Disclaimer: This upgrade process will void the manufacturer warranty. Try this process at your own risk.
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