Mac Mini Hardware Upgrade Q

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by crboone, Jun 4, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I just purchased my first Mac (Mini) this weekend and have enjoyed using it so far. I bought the least expensive version, 4G/500G/i5, as my first. (Well, I did own a used Mac+ briefly years ago, but it was beyond its time and didn't work well when I had it).

    This is also my first post on a Mac forum! :)

    I read that the Mini has 2 slots for HDDs, but only the memory is user-expandable. I'm thinking that, since I really like the Mac and plan to keep it long-term, I'd like to expand the memory and add a second (SDD) drive. However, I'd really like for the SDD to become the main boot drive to increase the boot and overall app speed. (I'm not a gamer so I don't care that the i5 processor isn't powerful enough for that.) My question is, if I go this route, should I look for a local Mac service shop to purchase & install the SDD and to carbon-copy what's currently on my 500G HDD to the SDD? The rep at the Apple Store seemed to indicate that they couldn't do much w/the hard drive there (which surprised me a little). And it sounds like it's something the typical user does not want to attempt.
     
  2. macrumors 604

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    post-purchase Apple will not upgrade systems for you.

    apple service providers (AASP) will do upgrades.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you! That's what I thought but wanted to be sure.
     
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    drsox

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    If you have any skill at modding PCs, then changing the Mini's drive is not difficult. Lots of threads on this in the Mac Mini forum section.
     
  5. macrumors 603

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    One other thing to consider:

    If you don't want to open the Mini yourself, you could pick up the SSD of your choice, and then put it into an external enclosure (or, a USB3/SATA docking station) and boot/run from it that way.

    You will lose next-to-nothing in boot speeds and once running, the performance will be indistinguishable from an internally-mounted drive.

    You can pick up a USB3/SATA dock for less than $30 -- amazon.com is a good place to browse. Just enter "usb sata dock" in amazon's search box.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I happened to find a detailed tear-down of the unit online today and it seems fairly straightforward. However, since my Mini is brand new and it requires complete disassembly to add a 2nd drive, I'd probably be better going with an external or a service tech. If I didn't have to remove *everything* to install another drive I would be more likely to give it a go (or if the unit were 2-3 years old). I'm just leery that I'll wreck something on the new machine with all that's involved.

    Thanks again.
     
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    satcomer

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    Then watch some Upgrade videos for the 2012 Mac Mini to see if it something you want to do. At least upgrade the RAM.
     
  8. macrumors G3

    Apple fanboy

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    Actually the older ones were more difficult to open. A mate of mind did the SSD upgrade on a 2012 model without any issues. He is not very technical, but managed okay.
    I know what you mean about not wanting to open your new machine though!
     

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