Internal Superdrive on 2012 MacMini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by LeandrodaFL, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. LeandrodaFL macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    I know the 2012 MacMini ships with an extra Sata connector. Does it support a internal superdrive, like the 2010 models?

    If so, Im gonna take a 2012 Macmini logicboard and pair it with a 2010 Macmini case/superdrive
  2. wickedking94 macrumors 6502

    Apr 27, 2010
    In most cases apple makes small layout changes to the case interior, logic board, and cooling system to prevent newer logic boards from fitting into older cases. I would definitely think that a 2012 logic board wouldn't fit in a 2010 case given that they changed the case with the removal of the optical drive in newer models.
  3. APlotdevice macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2011
    Actually they just took the case from the 2010 server model and made it standard for all Mac Minis.
  4. wickedking94 macrumors 6502

    Apr 27, 2010
    Well I don't know for sure thats all. I was just giving a warning that it might not work.
  5. Orange Furball macrumors 65816

    Orange Furball

    May 18, 2012
    Scranton, PA, USA
    Check the ifixit tear downs and compare it to the old one
  6. AlexMaximus macrumors 6502


    Aug 15, 2006
    Did you check out this:
  7. LeandrodaFL thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    thanks for replying, but....

    I just checked with someone who DID THIS that altough the case is the same, The 2012 Logic board has bigger capacitors wich would make this mod impossible with a MacMini Internal superdrive.

    It has to be a macbook internal superdrive (wich is smaller) and this superdrive itself has to be cut at 3 difererent points to fit. Its a big surgery.

    I thinkg Im better buying an official external superdrive

    Its just that adding a 2nd hdd is so much of a surgery itself, it got me thinking of putting a superdrive in there.
  8. That-Guy macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2012
    Think I would stick to an external superdrive too :D
  9. hwojtek macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2008
    A small rural village in western Poland
    Could you share a link to (maybe) a guide or description? I am seriously considering to mate the current i7 Mini with the older body with superdrive.
  10. LeandrodaFL thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011

    However, even I am now convinced that is better to simply put 2 SSDs and RAID 0 them as opposed to making this mission impossible mod, when you can simply buy a external superdrive for something you dont use anymore.

    In addition, the MacMini can acess any computer's optical drive over the air, and I happen to have a notebook with a DVD drive next to it, it may be Mac or Windows.

    Moreover, heres how to add a 2nd HDD/SSD
  11. MacOSXuser macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2007
    How fast do you get MB/s with raid 0 2 ssd?

    with 1 sad (Vertex 4 rated over 500mb/s read/write) I am only getting 200mb/s for both, like sata 2 speed, what the heck?
  12. geeji macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2012
    Since I am the one who did this "Mac Mini 2011/2012 with internal optical drive" mod described on, let me comment about "big surgery" or "mission impossible mod" : it took me more time to describe the mod properly on than to do it (less than 3h, going VERY slowly).
    And it is definitely NOT big surgery, since at no time do you modify anything from the original Mac Mini; this mod is 100% reversible.
    But for sure it is only fun for "tinkerers" and if you don't care much about the increased compactness of the final result, you will likely be better with something like the Newer Technology miniStack MAX (when finally available) or the LG BP06LU10 external Blu-ray burner.

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