Best way to replace HD with SSD on late 2011 Mini Server?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by patent10021, May 30, 2012.

  1. patent10021 macrumors 68030


    Apr 23, 2004
    Any advice on methods and brands/stores?

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    There are many existing threads recommending brands, models and sources, so I won't get into that. As far as a simple method, you can buy the new drive in an enclosure, then clone your internal drive to the external using Carbon Copy Cloner, then swap the drives and boot up. Your old internal drive is now usable as an external drive, for backups or additional storage.
  3. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
    Potentially made very complicated if the Mini's drives are in RAID. Given that it's a Mini server, it's a 2 drive unit would be the safe assumption, which also means paying close attention to drive heights on the SSD replacements.
  4. shortcut3d macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2011
    Samsung 830 SSD or
    OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G (Sandforce 2281)

    None required. Use Macpartsonline for replacement parts. iFixIt has dual drive kits for those without the dual drive server model.

    Use 9.5mm 2.5" drives or thinner.

    iFixit again.

    Disk Utilities from the recovery partition can "recover" to the new drive. If you are using RAID, the recovery partition is not available. However, you can boot to Internet recovery mode and access disk utilities there.
  5. tablatom macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2009
    I will do the same eventually.

    I have seen some really great tutorials on Youtube on the procedure.
  6. patent10021 thread starter macrumors 68030


    Apr 23, 2004
    I have a 2011 Mac Mini Server i7 for Logic Pro 9 work.

    Will be buying 8GBx2 modules this week and am also interested in upgrading my HDD to SSD. Problem is all these SSDs are pretty small. I need at least 500GB on my main OS HD. I guess I should wait for another year or so to upgrade to SSD hey?

    Model Name:	Mac mini
      Model Identifier:	Macmini5,3
      Processor Name:	Intel Core i7
      Processor Speed:	2 GHz
      Number of Processors:	1
      Total Number of Cores:	4
      L2 Cache (per Core):	256 KB
      L3 Cache:	6 MB
      Memory:	4 GB
      Boot ROM Version:	MM51.0077.B10
    Intel 6 Series Chipset:
      Vendor:	Intel
      Product:	6 Series Chipset
      Link Speed:	6 Gigabit
      Negotiated Link Speed:	3 Gigabit
      Description:	AHCI Version 1.30 Supported
      Capacity:	500.11 GB (500,107,862,016 bytes)
      Model:	ST9500420ASG                            
      Revision:	0009APM1
      Serial Number:	            5VJCRHGG
      Native Command Queuing:	Yes
      Queue Depth:	32
      Removable Media:	No
      Detachable Drive:	No
      BSD Name:	disk0
      Rotational Rate:	7200
      Medium Type:	Rotational
      Bay Name:	Lower
      Partition Map Type:	GPT (GUID Partition Table)
      S.M.A.R.T. status:	Verified
      Capacity:	209.7 MB (209,715,200 bytes)
      BSD Name:	disk0s1
      Content:	EFI
    Server HD:
      Capacity:	499.25 GB (499,248,103,424 bytes)
      Available:	350.18 GB (350,183,505,920 bytes)
      Writable:	Yes
      File System:	Journaled HFS+
      BSD Name:	disk0s2
      Mount Point:	/
      Content:	Apple_HFS
    Recovery HD:
      Capacity:	650 MB (650,002,432 bytes)
      BSD Name:	disk0s3
      Content:	Apple_Boot
  7. JohnnyComeLatly macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2010
    SuperDuper, OWC,e tc

    I used MacSales dot com DIY kit (5 pc tools) and their tutorials online. Just take your time. Watch the video many, many times before you start. I used to install car stereos so I have a good "feel" for when a connector isn't happy with your fingers' efforts. That said, the kit comes with a little plastic prying tool. Very gently use that for connectors and gently go side to side. Re-watch the video 4-5 times for connectors direction of removal, paying attention to where they place the tool/their fingers, direction of prying, etc.

    You'll do fine if you take your time.

    I used their model, OWC 6G SSD 240gig model.

    For software, I used SuperDuper and followed their directions for cloning a boot drive iwth the new SSD in a USB enclosure. Once cloning was done, turned it off, swapped the SSD into the Mini, the platter drive (OEM mini drive) into the USB enclosure, buttoned it up, and booted. Came up like a champ. A few applications were a little unhappy (Adobe PS, DW, etc) but 95% made the migration without any issue.
  8. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    amazon has crucial m4 512gb ssd on sale for 399. as for doing the install i clone the internal osx drive to the spare internal drive. i use super duper or carbon copy cloner. i boot test both internal hdds . i format the ssd.

    i have an external dock so i clone the internal to the ssd. i boot with the ssd while it is in the dock.
    at this point in time i have 3 of the same drives data/osx wise.

    i pull the easy access hdd. i drop in the ssd. I assemble somewhat fully. black round plate is not placed back. i boot with black circle missing and the inside facing up. this is the best way to see if fan works. if fan works i attach plate and run machine.
    I test machine for an hour before any mods


    I like to know I started with good gear in case the machine is no longer working after I did mods.

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