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xheathen
Jul 22, 2011, 05:46 PM
I'm reading iFixit's 2011 Mini tear down... and it looks exceptionally easy to get in there and replace the HDD.

http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Mac-Mini-Mid-2011-Teardown/6131/1

What I'm not seeing, and I think this is probably because veteran experienced Mac owners probably know instinctively, is how the drive connects to that 1st SATA port.

I can kind of see that it's a custom port, but the adapter can just connect to any ol' laptop hard drive? It seems like the only reason why you couldn't add a second is the lack of the 2nd adapter, right?

I was thinking of getting one of these momentus drives from Seagate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148599. Has anyone used one of the XT hybrid drives??? I'm seeing them on sale $50 off for the 500gb on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Momentus-7200RPM-Hybrid-ST93205620AS-Bare/dp/B003NSBF3C/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1311374877&sr=1-3). Then I'm assuming you'd just do the CMD+R (if I remember right) and it'll do the internet based self recovery lion install??



jmcgeejr
Jul 22, 2011, 06:22 PM
I'm reading iFixit's 2011 Mini tear down... and it looks exceptionally easy to get in there and replace the HDD.

http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Mac-Mini-Mid-2011-Teardown/6131/1

What I'm not seeing, and I think this is probably because veteran experienced Mac owners probably know instinctively, is how the drive connects to that 1st SATA port.

I can kind of see that it's a custom port, but the adapter can just connect to any ol' laptop hard drive? It seems like the only reason why you couldn't add a second is the lack of the 2nd adapter, right?

I was thinking of getting one of these momentus drives from Seagate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148599. Has anyone used one of the XT hybrid drives??? I'm seeing them on sale $50 off for the 500gb on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Momentus-7200RPM-Hybrid-ST93205620AS-Bare/dp/B003NSBF3C/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1311374877&sr=1-3). Then I'm assuming you'd just do the CMD+R (if I remember right) and it'll do the internet based self recovery lion install??

The connector is just a standard sata plug with power all in one, yes you can use just about any 2.5 drive in there. And yes the CMD+R does work that's how I installed with my new C300 ssd on my 2011 mini. However I recommend getting an SSD if you can and then using some sort of external firewire or thunderbolt drive for storage. It really makes a big difference.

philipma1957
Jul 22, 2011, 07:03 PM
see my thread on a ssd upgrade lots of photos


http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1194678

the base mini is very fast with a nice big ssd

xheathen
Jul 22, 2011, 07:08 PM
Very cool thanks for the info!

What kind of ram did you order? I've got 8gb of ram sitting at home right now and it appeared to be able to work in the new mini, but I'm no expert :)

This is what I've got on my desk:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231342

jmcgeejr
Jul 22, 2011, 07:10 PM
Very cool thanks for the info!

What kind of ram did you order? I've got 8gb of ram sitting at home right now and it appeared to be able to work in the new mini, but I'm no expert lol

This is what I've got on my desk:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231342

That should work just fine.

philipma1957
Jul 22, 2011, 07:17 PM
Very cool thanks for the info!

What kind of ram did you order? I've got 8gb of ram sitting at home right now and it appeared to be able to work in the new mini, but I'm no expert :)

This is what I've got on my desk:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231342

i have that on order it better work!

xheathen
Jul 22, 2011, 11:07 PM
Awesome :) That ram is actually from my desktop windows box. I ended up buying a miniITX that takes SODIMMs. So I'll just swap them out.