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Old Mar 20, 2010, 01:05 PM   #1
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replacing mac mini optical drive with a SSD (updated: optibay pictures)

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I'm thinking of buying the first model of Mac Mini (2.26) and upgrading it by removing the optical drive and putting a SSD

the regular HD would be upgraded with a 500 Gb drive

so that the SSD would boost the system and the 500 Gb will serve for the storage

has someone tried to replace the optical bay with a SSD ?


any slowdown when using an external superdrive? would i notice a difference between USB superdrive and Firewire superdrive ?

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Old Mar 20, 2010, 01:24 PM   #2
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I think several people have done that but couldn't find anything. It's more popular with MBPs and iMacs. Shouldn't matter though.

FW800 is faster but unless you use a lot optical drive, USB will be fine
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Old Mar 20, 2010, 01:25 PM   #3
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the regular HD would be upgraded with a 500 Gb drive

so that the SSD would boost the system and the 500 Gb will serve for the storage

has someone tried to replace the optical bay with a SSD?
You will need a 12.7mm OptiBay. Can be found on eBay or from NewModeUs.com. $42 from NewModeUs.

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any slowdown when using an external superdrive? would i notice a difference between USB superdrive and Firewire superdrive ?
You will not really see a different going from an internal SuperDrive to an external USB SuperDrive. The MacBook Air SuperDrive is plug'n'play with the Mac Mini.

You will see a nice increase in responsiveness on the Mini with the SSD upgrade. It makes it feel more like an iMac, except with integrated graphics.
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Old Mar 20, 2010, 01:35 PM   #4
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hi

thx for your responses

oh, didn't know that the genuine MBA Superdrive would work on the Mac mini

i thought that it would be recognized on MBA only...

i was thinking of buying an external drive on macsales...


for the optical bay, ifixit offers one, i've seen several on the web too...


people who have done this, testimonials are welcomed

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Old Mar 20, 2010, 01:43 PM   #5
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oh, didn't know that the genuine MBA Superdrive would work on the Mac mini

i thought that it would be recognized on MBA only...

i was thinking of buying an external drive on macsales...
It does, but it's overpriced and I think you're fine with 3rd party one.
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Old Mar 20, 2010, 01:49 PM   #6
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ok thanks

yes, 3rd party drives are way cheaper and are compatible with all computers

i am doing intensive research about this

because i don't really use very often the superdrive and having both SSD and a bigger 2.5" hd inside the mac mini is way more convenient than SSD + external firewire HD
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Old Mar 20, 2010, 05:02 PM   #7
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hi
I would put ssd in reg drive bay and the hd 500 in optibay for storage, it works great.
also WD just came out with 1tb 2.5 drive. only catch it is 12.5 mm thick. I think it will work, I will have 2 spots to try it in anyway. it works in macbook pro.
I ordered one for my mini, should get on tuesday, I will let you know if it works. little pricey though 175 to 200 shipped. but 1tb in mini that would be great !!!!!

I can also send you pictures of install if you want them of x25 160 ssd with blue 500 in optibay.

hope thats helps

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Old Mar 20, 2010, 05:05 PM   #8
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thanks a lot mickey
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you are welcome !!!
just let me know if you want pictures, They will give you a good idea of what the inside will look like.
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Old Mar 21, 2010, 05:27 AM   #10
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yes, pictures would be great.
thanks again
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Old Mar 24, 2010, 01:23 PM   #11
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just got my mini today

i jumped on it immediately, to open it and upgrade the ram (4 Gb) and change the stock HD with the intel postville 80 Gb SSD

at first, i couldn't open it and i was afraid that the white plastic would break

finally, after a few minutes, the top could be removed

and it took me less than 10 minutes to change everything and close the box

i don't think i will replace the SD for the moment, as the warranty just started
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Old Mar 24, 2010, 06:11 PM   #12
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I've upgraded too, but one thing I'v noticed which may be my imagination is that if the old style plate drive is placed in the supper drive port for storage, I couldn't remember hearing it spin down when not in use!

However it behaves as expected when placed in the standard SATA port.
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Old Mar 24, 2010, 09:30 PM   #13
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I believe the MBA superdrive only works with Mac Mini Server.

How is the SSD in the Mini? Maybe you should have tested it first with the HDD and then so you can see the difference between the two.
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Old Mar 24, 2010, 10:02 PM   #14
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I just did a 500GB HD upgrade to a mini. Looking at it I think you could fit a 1TB in where the HD goes, I would look into that.
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I believe the MBA superdrive only works with Mac Mini Server.
This is no longer the case.
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Old Mar 25, 2010, 07:16 AM   #16
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right after the upgrade, i had a weird behaviour of the mini with BT and wifi

i feared that both antennas were damaged when i opened/closed the case

I reopened the case, noticed that i forgot to reconnect the audio cable to the mainboard and i reinstalled SL a second time and now it's working smoothly


it seems that MCE tech is offering an external enclosure for the reuse of the superdrive once removed from the mini, did someone try it ?
maybe it is a good idea to keep the SD just in case something goes wrong, at least i'll be able to remount it into the mini in order to avoid warranty loss, what do you think ?

it seems that RAM and HD upgrades don't void warranty anyway if nothing is damaged
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it seems that MCE tech is offering an external enclosure for the reuse of the superdrive once removed from the mini, did someone try it ?
maybe it is a good idea to keep the SD just in case something goes wrong, at least i'll be able to remount it into the mini in order to avoid warranty loss, what do you think ?

it seems that RAM and HD upgrades don't void warranty anyway if nothing is damaged
Any enclosure with 2.5" SATA will work. Upgrading HD and RAM doesn't void it if you don't break anything but if you send it to repair, put the original parts back
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Old Mar 30, 2010, 05:11 PM   #18
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i've 2 kinds of optibay online:

9.5mm and 12.7mm

which one should i get ?

HD are usually 9.5mm thick but i'm confused because ifixit sells a 12.7mm caddy


i don't to buy the wrong one...


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Larger capacity HDDs are 12.7mm. Standard 2.5" HDDs are 9.5mm so if you are going to get a standard HDD get that one.

I think it was Toshiba that announced a 1TB 2.5" hard drive in the standard 9.5mm size. But they are only 5400rpm. Can't wait for a 7.2k version as I would love a 2x 1TB RAID0 in my Mini and get one of those MBA superdrives but install a Blu-Ray drive into it: D.
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Old Mar 30, 2010, 07:16 PM   #20
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but which optibay will fit in the latest mac mini ?
i guess 12.7 will of course accept 9.5mm HD but will the enclosure fit inside the mini or would it be too thick ?
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I believe the mini will take either the 12.7 or the 9.5 ones.
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Old Mar 31, 2010, 04:27 AM   #22
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it seems that the superdrive is 12.7 ?
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The Mac Mini and iMac use the 12.7mm SuperDrive/OptiBay. The entire MacBook (Pro) line uses the 9.5mm SuperDrive/OptiBay.

I know this because I service Macs all day long, 5 days a week.
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Lucky for you there is an ifixit teardown for this very purpose!

http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/I...te-Drive/660/1
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Old Apr 1, 2010, 03:39 AM   #25
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thanks but i already know how to open and replace parts of my mini, already did it with ram and ssd
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