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Old Feb 15, 2013, 10:16 PM   #1
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Mac Mini Wont Recognize SSD

My new mac mini wont identify an ssd when I go into disk utility, any ideas on how to fix this problem?

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Old Feb 16, 2013, 12:41 AM   #2
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Did you install the disk or did apple? Have you opened the mini at all?
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Old Feb 16, 2013, 12:46 AM   #3
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I installed the disk. It's an Intel ssd.
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Old Feb 16, 2013, 02:01 AM   #4
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Are you sure that you connected the cables correctly?
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Old Feb 16, 2013, 02:06 AM   #5
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Too many unknowns here... What mini? What SSD? What slot/controller?
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dude i just bought a quad core mac mini today and tried to add a samsung 830 and the ssd would not be reconized first of all sitting the ssd in place was such a pain. i took the mini apart like 4 times and with bad eyesight i was stressin on it but i came to solution...returning it! so i did i think i had messed up the sata connector somehow but im glad its over i dont even want to look at a mini again.
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 05:37 AM   #7
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dude i just bought a quad core mac mini today and tried to add a samsung 830 and the ssd would not be reconized first of all sitting the ssd in place was such a pain. i took the mini apart like 4 times and with bad eyesight i was stressin on it but i came to solution...returning it! so i did i think i had messed up the sata connector somehow but im glad its over i dont even want to look at a mini again.
This reason (bad eyes) along with my wife retiring (less spare time for myself) are the 2 reasons that I am going to slowly end my mac mini upgrade business.
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 10:58 AM   #8
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Working inside small machines is very delicate work. If you aren't entirely sure of your abilities, it's best to have Apple do the install.

I've installation of second hds in the mini twice. Both times it was a complete success. It takes hours to make sure you do it correctly and to give yourself ample time to check connections. Bad eyesight would probably disqualify you from being able to perform such an upgrade successfully.

Remember, you were doing work that you're not supposed to be able to perform on the mac mini. Failure is what Apple expects in user upgrades to hard drives in the mini. Basically, what likely occurred is that you did not have the cables connected properly.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 03:26 PM   #9
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"My new mac mini wont identify an ssd when I go into disk utility, any ideas on how to fix this problem?"

Two suggestions follow.

SUGGESTION #1:
If you opened the Mini, and installed the SSD in "the open space" (i.e., you left the HDD in its original location), SWITCH THE POSITIONS of the two drives, so that the SSD is in the position that the HDD was in (as it came from the factory). Any better?

SUGGESTION #2:
Get either an external enclosure or USB3/SATA docking station. Take the SSD BACK OUT of the Mini, and mount it in the external dock or enclosure. Any better?

Yes, I know it's a pain re-opening the MIni. But you may need to try either of these (perhaps both) to get things working.

I use an Intel 520 SSD with my Mini as an "external booter". The Mini recognized it from the get-go because I used an external USB3/SATA dock to mount/initialize/install.
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Old Feb 20, 2013, 10:02 AM   #10
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When I did my upgrade, my SSD wasnt recognized either. It turned out it was just the SATA cable to the motherboard, not connected. So I just needed to pop off the cover, and the fan shroud, and reattach it.
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Old Feb 20, 2013, 01:19 PM   #11
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When I did my upgrade, my SSD wasnt recognized either. It turned out it was just the SATA cable to the motherboard, not connected. So I just needed to pop off the cover, and the fan shroud, and reattach it.
I just had this same issue upgrading two 2011 Minis to SSDs. One of the connectors didn't seem to line up and I found that the pegs on the side of the drive weren't seated correctly in the two corresponding slots. I reseated the drive and reconnected and have had no issues since.

I'd check for proper seating of the drive and a cable disconnect. I've done a few dozen drive swaps in the 2011/2012 minis and they always give me some trouble with those damn pegs.
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