Hdd For Mac Mini 2011

  1. Cosmetically units will show minor signs of usage. 500GB 5400rpm Hard Drive. 2GB (2x1GB) RAM. The Mac mini Desktop Computer from Apple is a quiet and compact desktop computer in a sleek aluminum unibody enclosure. The system, only 7.7' square and 1.4' high, is a great option for users who would like an inexpensive, yet fully-functional, desktop.
  2. Upgrade or replace the hard drive in a Mac Mini. Has your Mac Mini hard drive filled to capacity or burnt out? There's no need to buy a new computer, simply swap out the old drive for a new one.

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Hey all:

Ordered the i7 Mini and can not wait to open it up, upgraded to 8G memory and, of course, the 256G SSD (Samsung).

Here are few things I want to share with anyone interested in the SSD.

First, seems the TRIM support only will work on Apple's stack SSD, can not be achieved by 3rd vendor.

Even I used Samsung (which Apple usually uses) that TRIM is not supported. Although the system profile did recognize as SSD.

Second, it's SATA III (6G) per hardware indication, which I kicked myself for buying the SATA II (when it was on sale) months ago.

Third, it is way much easier then 2010 Mini to extract the hard drive. I just removed the memory, fan and side panel. Only Fan connector needs to be disconnected. There is NO hard drive sensor on the drive, just SATA cable and plastic shielding cover.

Fourth, since there is no optical drive, below the hard drive, you can see the empty space. You also can see the OTHER SATA spot next to the hard drive's SATA slot/button. Here is my question - the Mini ditched the optical drive and share the same design of the Mini Server's design.

Has anyone tried to install the second hard drive using ( part # 922-9560) flex cable?


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Dual Hard Drive Mac Mini 2011


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We just upgraded a 2011 Apple Mac Mini to have an SSD, a second hard drive, and new RAM.


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Parts List

Upgrade mac mini 2011
  • OCZ 120 GB Vertex 3 SATA III 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive VTX3-25SAT3-120G
  • Western Digital 1TB Blue WD10JPVT 5400RPM, 8 MB cache, 2.5 inch, 9.5MM height hard drive
  • Corsair 8 GB DDR3 Laptop Memory Kit CMSO8GX3M2A1333C9
  • Apple Mac Mini Model MC816LL/A 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 dual-core processor, AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive
  • Cable: Apple Part 922-9560, also called “Apple Mac Mini Server (Mid 2010) Bottom Hard Drive Server Flex Cable” or “Hard Drive Flex Cable Bottom”. We used part number 1009005 at welovemacs.com. This is sold as a kit from ifixit.com.

2011 Mac Mini Ram

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The OCZ Vertex 3 is the fastest consumer SSD at the moment. Other SSD’s that you might consider include:

  • Highest reliability SSD: Intel 510 Series 120 GB
  • Best value high capacity SSD: Lexar Media Crucial 512 GB m4

Ssd For Mac Mini

The Western Digital Blue drive mentioned above is high capacity and quiet. For a faster spinning hard drive consider:

  • Western Digital 750TB Black WD7500BPKT 7200RPM, 16 MB cache, 2.5 inch, 9.5MM height hard drive

The dedicated graphics in the mid-tier Mac Mini make it worth it for me. But for the cheapest Mini, consider:

  • Apple Mac Mini MC815LL/A 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 dual-core processor, integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000, 2GB RAM, 500GB hard drive

UPDATE: My video shows adding two 9.5MM height drives. I just upgraded another Mac Mini with a 9.5MM SSD and a 12.5MM standard hard drive. As with my first upgrade, the hard drive goes in the bottom slot (the side closest to the top of the case when upright). This does fit. But first you need to slide the logic board out slightly. Be sure to remove the IR port adapter before sliding out the logic board. The OWC video shows how to do this. I used a cut up coat hanger to insert into the logic board holes and slide it out.

First Boot

Starting with a blank hard drive is easy on the 2011 Mac Mini. Hold down Command-R to boot into Lion Recovery which allows you to format the drives and download Lion over the Internet.

TRIM Support in Lion

Hard Drive For Mac Mini 2011

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For optimal SSD performance, enable TRIM support within OS X Lion. Grant Pannell describes the terminal commands to enable TRIM.

Ssd Hard Drive For Mac Mini 2011

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