|Mar 4, 2012, 09:28 PM||#1|
Adding a 2nd Drive to Mid 2011 2.5GHz Mini
Here's a question - and it's probably been answered somewhere..
I Just replaced my 2009 Mini with a Mid 2011 2.5GHz i5 model.
I want to add a 2nd drive to the machine. Checked System Profiler and the drive location shows "Bottom" bay for the stock drive.
iFixit sells that $69 kit which has everything I need, but they make reference that it's a bottom cable. Don't I already have one of those cables? Does it come with the correct cable?
There is a difference between upper and lower cables.
Am I understanding correctly that there's a naming change by Apple with reference to the 2010 and 2011 models?
2010 - They named the cable you need as "Lower" which is the "Upper cable 2011?
2011 - They named the cable you need as "Upper" which is the "Lower" cable for 2010?
Bottom line - which cable do I need for my model mac?
I will need grommets and screws too.
Do I really need to fork out $69 + $30 to ship it to Canada?
Last edited by phybersplice; Mar 4, 2012 at 09:36 PM.
|Mar 5, 2012, 06:55 AM||#2|
In the 2011 minis, the 'top' bay (the bay you cannot easily access without removing the logic board) uses cable 076-1391.
The 'bottom' bay (the bay that is closest to the black round disk) uses cable 076-1390.
Both cables are available from www.welovemacs.com; although pricey.
|Mar 5, 2012, 08:19 AM||#3|
|Mar 5, 2012, 09:20 AM||#4|
I bought this one on eBay and installed it last week end on a mid-2011 i5 Mac Mini.
You can find it cheaper though.
You can get grommets and screws in a computer store or even an hardware store.
The tricky part in the iFixit guide is to extract the logic board for the enclosure.
|Mar 5, 2012, 12:45 PM||#5|
I have a Mini Server.. but I think the dual core mini's that come default with one drive have the drive mounted in the bottom bay; meaning the "2nd hard drive kit" would put the drive in the top bay, and therefore use the 1391 cable.
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