1.74 TB Fusion volume

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Cave Man, Jun 17, 2013.

  1. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

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    I have been using a Mac Mini 2012 with a 240GB Mercury SSD and the OEM 1TB Hitachi hard drive for about 6 months. I just replaced the Hitachi with a Toshiba Aquarius 1.5TB hard drive, made a 1.74TB Fusion volume, and am currently installing OS X 10.8.4 on it. Creating the fusion drive was a bit of a pain - I had to reinitialize the SSD in a USB2 enclosure because I couldn't break the Fusion drive during the first attempt at reinstalling Mountain Lion. This required re-disassembly of the Mini, so if you do this make sure you reinitialize the SSD in advance. Here are the things to look out for.

    1. Back up your Mini's hard drive (Fusion volume) before you start. I had a Time Machine copy and a clone made with Carbon Copy Cloner
    2. Follow the Data Doubler video from OWC
    3. The Toshiba must go in the Data Doubler; the SSD must go in the OEM hard drive bay; otherwise they will not fit
    4. The two screws on the outer edge of the Data Doubler need to be left out, otherwise the Toshiba bumps the chassis surface and you cannot install the SSD on top of it. The drive is held to the Data Doubler by only two screws
    5. Once you have the Toshiba drive in, insert the logic board most of the way; however, you have to slide the SSD in place before you seat the logic board completely inside the Mini
    6. The fitting of the two drives is pretty tight - the Toshiba is a 12.5mm drive. Take your time in reseating the cowl because it will help secure the SATA connectors
    7. As usual, beware of the IR connector so that you do not break it!
    8. Create the Fusion drive as described by OWC with the current 10.8.4 installer

    My install is proceeding with Migration Assistant. It should be done in about 6 hours!
     
  2. philipma1957 macrumors 603

    philipma1957

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  3. satcomer macrumors 603

    satcomer

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    Let us know if everything software works out!
     
  4. Cave Man thread starter macrumors 604

    Cave Man

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    It's been running fine. Both the SSD and hard drive are running in the 40 to 50 degree range, even under load.
     
  5. philipma1957 macrumors 603

    philipma1957

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    good I am glad to read about a diy fusion that works!
     

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