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Old Nov 17, 2012, 01:28 PM   #1
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Need help with SSD install in Mac-mini 2012

I've picked Macmini 2012 from Bestbuy now I need help with adding SSD. I know it is complicated process and there are video online on OWC as well as on iFixit website. My question is this

I want to add SSD to my Mac-mini and use it as a primary drive and use 1TB HDD inside as a data-drive. I'm getting Samsung 840 500GB from Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Electr...+840+ssd+500gb

Is there anything specific that I'd need to do for using SSD as my primary disc and HDD as secondary ? I know in PC world you could go into BIOS as well as set the jumpers on HDD to work as primary or secondary. How does it work with Mac ? I did similar thing with my macbook pro in past but at that time I moved existing HDD to DVD drive slot so there was no confusion with regards to which one is primary disc.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 01:31 PM   #2
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You would need to purchase an additional SATA cable for the MM.
Why not upgrade your spinner to the SSD and use the spinner in a USB3.0 caddy?
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 01:33 PM   #3
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I've picked Macmini 2012 from Bestbuy now I need help with adding SSD. I know it is complicated process and there are video online on OWC as well as on iFixit website. My question is this

I want to add SSD to my Mac-mini and use it as a primary drive and use 1TB HDD inside as a data-drive. I'm getting Samsung 840 500GB from Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Electr...+840+ssd+500gb

Is there anything specific that I'd need to do for using SSD as my primary disc and HDD as secondary ? I know in PC world you could go into BIOS as well as set the jumpers on HDD to work as primary or secondary. How does it work with Mac ? I did similar thing with my macbook pro in past but at that time I moved existing HDD to DVD drive slot so there was no confusion with regards to which one is primary disc.
I plan to buy a Mini soon and will be adding an SSD by putting it in an external enclosure and connecting it via USB3. Should be way more than fast enough for my needs. I have seen YouTube videos of people transferring over 450 MB/s via USB3 which I believe is faster than my SSD is even capable of.

As for the master/slave settings you're referring to, that's for IDE drives, not SATA. You shouldn't have to do anything special to get an SSD working with a Mac Mini other than connecting it.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 02:23 PM   #4
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I plan to buy a Mini soon and will be adding an SSD by putting it in an external enclosure and connecting it via USB3. Should be way more than fast enough for my needs. I have seen YouTube videos of people transferring over 450 MB/s via USB3 which I believe is faster than my SSD is even capable of.

As for the master/slave settings you're referring to, that's for IDE drives, not SATA. You shouldn't have to do anything special to get an SSD working with a Mac Mini other than connecting it.
Dont consider using the SSD as the main boot drive over USB3.0.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 02:39 PM   #5
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You would need to purchase an additional SATA cable for the MM.
Why not upgrade your spinner to the SSD and use the spinner in a USB3.0 caddy?
I'm planning on getting data doubler kit from OWC, they also supply SATA cable along with it.

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/DIYIMM11D2/

Reason for not upgrading spinner to USB3.0 is than it will take away one USB 3.0 port.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 04:53 PM   #6
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I'm planning on getting data doubler kit from OWC, they also supply SATA cable along with it.

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/DIYIMM11D2/

Reason for not upgrading spinner to USB3.0 is than it will take away one USB 3.0 port.
So what are you doing with the other 3 USB3 ports?
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 11:01 PM   #7
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So what are you doing with the other 3 USB3 ports?
Why would I waste one port for a drive when I already have space inside mini for it ?
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