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
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    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?

    http://www.impactcomputers.com/076-1390.html

    http://www.impactcomputers.com/076-1391.html

    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?
     
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    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.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is 076-1391 the cable that comes with the screw/grommet kit from ifixit.com?
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    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

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    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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