Well A first after a few hundred 2010,2011,2012 teardowns I broke something. I was pulling the mobo out I had detached: 1) the fan 2) the 1tb hdd 3) the grill antenna 4) the power cable mobo- psu 5) the ir cable I pulled the mobo and no go. All of a sudden it moved 2-3 inches instantly and even though the ir cable was not attached it snagged and pulled the plastic end off. well at least the mobo was not damaged. I ordered a replacement cable at this site. http://www.powerbookmedic.com/Mac-Mini-Infrared-Board-w--Cable-p-21818.html the 2010 is in stock and works on the 2012. rest of the install is okay the 16gb ram works and I am copying the 1tb to a backup before I make the machine have a 1.5 tb diy fusion setup. I am using a 512gb samsung 830 and the oem 1tb hitachi. I will post a photo of the broken ir cable in a few. here is the cable attaching screw plus some screen shots. I may just keep the cable as a spare part. I will use this machine for about 10 months or the new 2013 mini. I may then put the cable in and sell it. I will post a bit on how this works. I have been reading about a 960gb ssd for 600 from crucial and a slim 1.5tb hdd from toshiba. That is a future project a 2.5tb fusion drive. Maybe in the 2013 haswell mini.