12.7mm HDD in 2010 unibody Mac Mini?

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  1. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    Is there space for a 12.7mm hard drive inside the 2010 unibody mac mini? Bought a 1.83 mini and would only take a 9.5mm HDD. I need to know if there is space for the larger drive.
     
  2. OrangeSVTguy thread starter macrumors 601

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    After looking around, guess the 1TB 12.5mm hard drives won't fit either in the 2010 Mac Minis. Guess I'll be removing the optical drive then and installing it there... :p

    Anyways, I will know for sure when I rip into my unibody Mini tomorrow :D
     
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    Confirmed. Got my 12.5mm Toshiba to fit inside the 2010 Mac Mini.

    I had to remove the airport antenna wire from the shroud and cut off the metal tabs that hold that wire down so it would slide back in. After that small modification. Fits snug like a bug.
     
  4. nineohtoo macrumors 6502

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    ^have you had any sort of issues with that? I'm getting a mini and coming from a 13" MBP with an 80GB SSD+ 1TB HDD, and I want to transfer all that over to the mini. If not, I'd like to be able to at least transfer my 1TB drive and go without the SSD. Thanks.
     
  5. billib macrumors member

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    Two 1-TB HD's in a 2010 mini???

    Would a photo or two be possible
    showing the surgery?

    This means that two 1TB Laptop HD's
    will fit in the 2010 mini, right?

    Cool!!!
     
  6. OrangeSVTguy thread starter macrumors 601

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    No issues so far.

    Yeah I can tear back into it tomorrow. I can't believe I never took pictures of it in the first place :confused:

    Two 1TB drives should fit with an optinay adapter then.

    Will show a pic of it tomorrow so you can see what needs to be modified. Just a couple of the metal tabs that hold the antenna wire.
     
  7. billib macrumors member

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    Pictures Baby Pictures

    Don't feel bad. I've chopped up my mini
    so many times I've lost count. I've taken
    few photos. Usually I don't want the added
    stress of taking photos while I'm swinging
    that ball peen hammer.

    Photos would be helpful, though.
    Thanks!!!
     
  8. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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  9. OrangeSVTguy thread starter macrumors 601

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    Been waiting a long time for that but my 12.5mm drive works just fine :)
     
  10. hitekalex macrumors 68000

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    You have shoved a 12.5mm drive in 2010 Mini?? :confused: Yours is a regular Mini with a DVD drive, not a Server right?
     
  11. OrangeSVTguy thread starter macrumors 601

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    Yes regular Mini with DVD drive. Only required a small modification. The little tabs that hold the airport antenna on the airport shield have to be removed as they were blocking the airport shield from sitting flush. Other than than it fits just fine.

    Been super busy but if I get any time I will take some pictures. :)
     
  12. alexreich macrumors 6502a

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    DUDE, I've been looking for a way to do this forever!

    Pictures and/or a how-to would be fantastic!!
     
  13. hitekalex macrumors 68000

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    Why? Just buy the proper 9.5mm drives (Samsung HN-M101MBB) - they should be available any day.
     
  14. OrangeSVTguy thread starter macrumors 601

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    Here's the pic of the 3 tabs removed. Sorry I don't have a picture of them before I cut them off.
     

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  15. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    they should be quite faster due to 2 500gb platers vs 3 333gb platers


    pre order for $120.00 12 day wait

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Samsung/HNM101MBB/
     
  16. OrangeSVTguy thread starter macrumors 601

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    That's pretty good price. I'm sure 7.2k drives will be available shortly. But 2 of these in a RAID0/1 will be hella fast though. I think I might buy one for my MBP and mate it up with my Toshiba 1TB. Sucks because I just sold my last opitbay adapter too :(
     
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    I have two on order. I will try them in this case.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1180415&highlight=
     
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    newegg would be 198.78 after tax and shipping.

    owc was 228 with discounts oh well.

    It happens can't always win.

    They should arrive on monday the 25th. I will compare them to the samsung 64 gb ssd's

    the hitachi 500gb 7200 rpm in this case.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/MEQMH0GBK/

    btw I am running the 2 500gb hitachi in raid0 with the iMac much quicker then the internal seagate 1tb.

    I have two cases and I run one for the mini with 2 500gb hitachi raid0 and one for the imac with 2 500gb hitachi in raid0

    I am looking forward to seeing if the 2 platter 1tb 5400rpm in a raid0 is as fast as the 2 platter 500gb 7200rpm in a raid. my guess is they may be equal in speed. 5400rpm x 1.33 is 7200rpm a 375gb platter x 1.33 is 500gb

    so the factor is equal 1.33 should be fun.
     
  21. TheAnalogue macrumors member

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    12.5mm Drives create more heat than 9.5mm, what are your temps?
     
  22. hitekalex macrumors 68000

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    Surely you can still cancel your OWC order, as they still don't even have these drives in stock ;). My Newegg order is arriving this Monday.
     
  23. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    other items were ordered they have been shipped and the 2 hdds triggered a cash discount along with free shipping. so if i cancel I would lose about 13 dollars in discounts plus return shipping for the item delivered. i would lose about 19 to 21 in total if i cancel or about 29 if it ships. oh well just about covers it!
     

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