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Old Jul 22, 2011, 12:40 PM   #1
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Mac Mini Teardown Reveals Potential for User-Installable Second Hard Drive




Just like the MacBook Air yesterday, iFixit has also conducted a teardown of the new Mac mini. While the internals are very similar to the previous generation, the teardown does reveal that users may be able to install a second hard drive on their own if a proper cable can be found.




The possibility of adding a second hard drive is made possible by Apple's removal of the optical drive from all models of the Mac mini, leaving enough space for a traditional hard drive or solid-state drive to be installed. From iFixit's blog post on the teardown:
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Apple has done away with the optical drive and replaced it with some good old-fashioned emptiness. We found that hole (as well as the empty extra SATA connection on the logic board) to be perfect for adding a secondary hard drive -- essentially bypassing the $400 premium over the "server" model. The only snag in this master plan is being able to find another hard drive cable to hook it up to the logic board, something we'll work on sourcing.
Apple of course already offers the option of two hard drives on the server model of the Mac mini, although that model also brings other upgrades including a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor that push the price to $999, a $400 premium over the entry-level model.

With the Mac mini being relatively easy to open up and service, users looking to add a second hard drive to their Mac mini without going all in on the server model may in fact be able to do so, provided that an appropriate hard drive cable can be found for purchase.

Like the new MacBook Air, the revised Mac mini also includes a new Bluetooth 4.0 chip and Thunderbolt capabilities, as well as some other minor updates to components

Article Link: Mac Mini Teardown Reveals Potential for User-Installable Second Hard Drive
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 12:43 PM   #2
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I always think these tear downs are a waste of time.
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 12:45 PM   #3
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The teardown DID NOT reveal this.

On the Apple store, it's possible to order a Mac mini with a 750 GB HDD and a 250 GB SSD.

Source: http://store.apple.com/us/configure/...co=MjMzOTQ1NDI
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 12:45 PM   #5
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I always think these tear downs are a waste of time.
No they aren't.
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 12:46 PM   #6
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I always think these tear downs are a waste of time.
Then obviously you're not part of their intended audience. Many others get a lot of information from teardowns, such as the possibility of installing a secondary hard drive.
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 12:46 PM   #7
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No they aren't.
Yes they are.
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The teardown DID NOT reveal this.
The key word is user-installable.
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 12:47 PM   #9
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What's different about Bluetooth 4.0?
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 12:47 PM   #10
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The teardowns are quite useful for people who install hard drives.

The mini looks huge, but it is tiny compared to the average PC.

Still, after 6 years, and no one really sells a PC equivalent.
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 12:48 PM   #11
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I wish I could have a macmini like this one.
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 12:49 PM   #12
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The teardown DID NOT reveal this.

On the Apple store, it's possible to order a Mac mini with a 750 GB HDD and a 250 GB SSD.

Source: http://store.apple.com/us/configure/...co=MjMzOTQ1NDI
The "discovery" is more along the lines of you can do it yourself very easily instead of being forced to order the CTO option.
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Apple is slowly changing the computing world again by removing optical drives and freeing up space for more useful things. The media seems to be quietly overlooking this process as there isn't a big deal being made about it.

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The teardown DID NOT reveal this.

On the Apple store, it's possible to order a Mac mini with a 750 GB HDD and a 250 GB SSD.

Source: http://store.apple.com/us/configure/...co=MjMzOTQ1NDI
That is on the 799$ model and double the cost of the Mini. lol

here user can buy another cheap ssd and stick it in
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 12:51 PM   #15
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Can one use the server model simply as a "normal but better" desktop? I thought Lion removed the line between the desktop mac and the server mac...
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 12:52 PM   #16
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Why don't they offer two standard HDs?
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Old Jul 22, 2011, 12:52 PM   #17
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I just ordered the base model for my new MediaCenter. Hopefully I will be able to install 2nd HDD in there (as soon as the cable becomes available).
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Can one use the server model simply as a "normal but better" desktop? I thought Lion removed the line between the desktop mac and the server mac...
If a quad 2GHz i7 with Intel graphics will do what you need better than a dual 2.7GHz i7 with the dedicated GPU, sure.
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I always think these tear downs are a waste of time.
Please tell me you're joking. These teardowns are extremely useful for identifying parts, how to DIY install hard drives, and just giving an overall sense of how serviceable your mac is.
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Looks like they tore down the model without the discrete graphics card?
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I always think these tear downs are a waste of time.
These tear downs are great when you need to tear it down yourself for a repair or upgrade. They give you step by step instructions and tools needed to do just about anything you may want to do with what ever it is your working on.
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Yes they are.
Reading your post is.
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I've never really looked at a mac mini before in detail, is that enclosure also machined from solid?!
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The teardown DID NOT reveal this.

On the Apple store, it's possible to order a Mac mini with a 750 GB HDD and a 250 GB SSD.

Source: http://store.apple.com/us/configure/...co=MjMzOTQ1NDI
That is crazy on a Mini.

They should call that Mini Pro
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i wonder if everyone will be as calm when they remove optical drives from the MBP in the next update
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