Adding a SSD

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by tibas92013, Jul 27, 2016.

  1. tibas92013 macrumors 6502

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    I have a stock i5 Mac Mini(Late 2012), 2.5GHz,16GB Ram, 500GB HD; so, it is better to replace the HD with a 256GB SSD or can I internally install this SSD along side of the present 500GB HD??? Will this MM accept two(2) internally installed Drives??
     
  2. ActionableMango, Jul 27, 2016
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    Yes you can have both, just get the Drive Doubler Kit from OWC or the Dual Drive Kit from iFixit.

    I have the iFixit kit myself and it works perfectly for the 2012. I like it because it comes with a bit driver and a bunch of small bits, so you can use it for other projects as well. I think the OWC kit only comes with the exact minimum number of screwdrivers that you need for the Mac Mini.
     
  3. mmomega macrumors demi-god

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    I 2nd this.
    I have 2 - 2012 Mini with the data doubler kit, stock 1TB HDD + 256GB Samsung 840 Pro.
    During a clean install OS X also allows, and suggests, to Fusion the drives just like a stock Fusion drive from Apple.
    I've been running this setup as a server for over a year without any issues.
     
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    Also worth mentioning is that if you don't feel comfortable disassembling the Mini, you can plug in a USB3 SSD, and get speeds that are the near-equal of what they would be if the drive were internally-mounted.

    The late 2012 Mini will boot and run fine from an external SSD. I've been doing it for going on 4 years now. Runs as fast today, as it did on "day 1".
     
  5. Silencio macrumors 68020

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    The 2012 Mac Mini's didn't have optical drives, so you don't need a Drive Doubler or anything like that. It has space for two 2.5" drives, so you should be able to add the SSD alongside the existing HDD. The lower bay is a bit of a pain to get to and pretty much require disassembly of the entire machine, IIRC from my own work on one of our 2011 Mac minis.
     
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  7. jbarley macrumors 68030

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    Actually the lower bay is the easy one, the upper bay requires more work.

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  8. Silencio macrumors 68020

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    But it's the lower bay when you turn the machine upside down to disassemble it. :p
     
  9. jbarley macrumors 68030

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    It's happened that some have ordered the wrong installation hardware based on bad information (upper-lower cables etc.).
    It's never a good policy to assume the skill level of those who are asking for help, so that makes correct information all that more important.
     
  10. tibas92013 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanx for the excellent replies; here in Costa Rica the most widely available is the SSD Brand "Kingston". I may order a Samsung EVO or Crucial Brand SSD via Amazon.

    As to a External Drive I like what I see in the "OWC Mercury Elite Pro Mini SSD".
     
  11. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    You absolutely need the kit, especially if you don't have the tools already. But even assuming you already have proper tools, there are still parts in the kit that are required: the SATA cable, rubber grommets, and headless drive screws.

    At an absolute minimum you need the SATA cable (assuming you have the tools). I've done it myself this way without the grommets and screws, but the drive flops around if you move the computer. I wouldn't recommend that to anyone anyway. The kit is the way to go.
     

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