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Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by heliocentric, Aug 17, 2011.
Thinking of buying a mac mini
is it possible? i have a spare one lying around...
From my disastrous attempt last night (RIP IR Connecter) I couldn't for the life of me get the damn thing in. So I would have to say no. But, I could be missing something.
I've seen some videos on YouTube upgrading HDD without tinkering with the logic board. As for the thickness, everything is pretty tight, so I don't think there is any space for anything over 9.5mm. I'm gonna get the Samsung 830 which is 7mm, maybe you could do that to and then go with your 12.5 see if that works
12.5mm drive will fit
I had a 12.5mm high 1TB drive in the secondary bay (with an SSD in the main bay.) It was tight, but it fit. I used hair elastics to cushion it. (I do not have the screws/rubber grommets, and doubt they would line up correctly.)
> 12.5mm .... a tight fit
Hm, elsewhere there's discussion about using a single 15mm WD 2TB drive -- nobody had actually installed one at last report.
Is it even possible to fit one 15mm drive in the Mini, if it's the only drive?
Here's an imagine from ifixit showing you how much room you have for the hard drives:
It looks like theoretically you could fit 2 12.5mm drives, but I think the max realistically would be 1 - 9mm and 1 - 12.5mm. Even better would be to go with a Samsung 830 (7mm) and a 12.5mm drive as previously stated in this thread.
Btw, 9 mm HDDs have a higher storage density and are faster, compared to 12.5 mm HDDs.