Base Mac Mini & SSD

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by argonaut12, Nov 15, 2012.

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    I am a Apple virgin and have an SFQ (Stupid ******* Question) to ask you all. Please accept my appologies if this has been already answered.

    I fancy a change from the PC's and I am planning on buying my first apple Base Mac Mini 2012 computer. I will be upgrading the RAM to 16gb by myself( to keep costs down). Is it possible upgrade and replace the hard drive with a Sold State Drive, if so, which SSD's do you recommend? and how much does it cost? I am from the UK.

    I am not very technical with computers, so please keep all advice in layman's terms please.

    Please accept my thank you's to all that provide positive feedbacks.
     
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    You can replace the HD with an SSD, but by many accounts it voids your warranty because it is reasonably tedious and Apple only counts the RAM as a user-allowed repair.

    That said, just about any 2.5" SSD will work great. I'd recommend the Samsung 840s myself. If you have a local Apple repair shop (not corporate) nearby, they might charge you ~$40-60 to put it in for you.
     
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    Thanks for the reply, they are certainly alot cheaper than apple and appears alot less hassle than installing an internal ssd
     
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    You could also get a cheaper USB3 enclosure and put an SSD in there yourself. It would be a more compatible option, and the speeds would be very comparable.
     
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    Hi mate.

    I bought the base model and replaced the HDD with an Intel 335 SSD myself. Wasn't too difficult, probably took me about 25 mins including coffee/ smoke break. Have a look on iFixit for some guides.
     
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    Well you could use a thunderbolt display with it, just put the display first and the hard drive after the display.

    Now a displayport monitor would be a no go....

    or you could go with something like the Seagate Desktop thunderbolt adapter that has two thunderbolt ports....
     
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    It's relatively easy to replace the hard drive in a Mini and there are many resources online that explain how to do it. I haven't done it myself but the only tricky bit seems to be removing the logic board, which can be done easily with a simple, inexpensive tool that you can buy from several companies.

    But personally I would just buy an SSD and a cheap USB3 enclosure for it and connect it via USB3.
     
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    Hi
    I'm from the uk also. Get the Samsung 256gb 830 ssd from dabs and 16gb memory upgrade from crucial.
    Have a look at some YouTube vids regarding the upgrade, should take about 20 minutes or so.
    Keep the 1tb and put it in a usb3 caddy and away you go :)
    Boot speed went from 1m20 to sub 15s!
     

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