Adding a 2nd Drive to Mid 2011 2.5GHz Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by phybersplice, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. phybersplice, Mar 4, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2012

    macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2012
    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?
  2. macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2011
    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; although pricey.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2012
    Is 076-1391 the cable that comes with the screw/grommet kit from
  4. macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2009
    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.
  5. macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2011
    I believe so, yes.

    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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