Did I order the wrong kit? SSD upgrade from iFix

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  1. Cassady macrumors 6502a

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    Hello all.

    Bought a new 2012 i7 2.3 a few months back. Been wanting to upgrade by installing a SSD.

    Now I'm thinking I was a bit hasty. I ordered the iFix kit, since it came with the extra toolkit (already have the screwdrivers etc. from the OWC kit I used to upgrade my MBP).

    It's only after reading through these forums that I now realise that the HDD could be in the top or bottom bay. I didn't realise that one might need to order a specific kit, depending on whether its top or bottom? Is that true? Does the adapter for the one not fit properly for the other?

    Any clarify would be appreciated!
     
  2. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    If you are talking about the kit that adds a second drive, the top drive uses a different SATA cable between the drive and mother board than the bottom drive. ifixit will send you the right cable if you find you have the wrong one, I think. You can open the mini cover and peek in and see if the drive is in the bottom slot.
     
  3. marclondon macrumors regular

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    About this Mac > System report > Sata/sata express will show you the lower or upper install.

    Some say the sata cable in the kits can fold/bend to either connection - they are next to each other on the main board.

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  4. jbarley macrumors 68030

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    As will Disk Utility...
     

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    And, for the record, I believe the iFixit kit is for installing in the "upper" bay as I didn't specify and got the correct cable.
     
  6. gpspad macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for this post, helped me in ordering my own today.
     
  7. Cassady thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Many thanks. Will have a look, and pop something up.

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    Shucks. HDD is in the lower bay, according to Disk Utility... Will see what I can find out over on the iFix site.

    As an aside, which position has the easier SSD install? Is it with the HDD in the lower or upper bay?
     
  8. marclondon macrumors regular

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    Not quite the right question - it depends if you want to keep the HDD and add an SSD. The lower bay is much easier to get at so you can replace the HDD if it's there or if it's not then you just add the SSD there. If you want to keep the HDD that's already in the lower bay you'll have to install either it or the SSD in the upper bay, which means a complete disassembly.

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  9. gpspad macrumors 6502

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    Didn't I also read that when adding a SSD to use as a boot up and keeping the old drive for storage, your better off putting the SSD in the original position and the old drive in the empty space?

    So my drive is listed in the "lower bay"; I will put the old boot-up drive in the "upper bay" and the new ssd drive goes to the "lower bay"?

    Sorry this gets confusing, I also got the iFix kit, hopefully I got the right one.
     
  10. marclondon macrumors regular

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    It doesn't matter where you put the drives. They are identical Sata connections but you do have to specify the startup disk you want to use.

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  11. hallux macrumors 68020

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    I got my kit from iFixit, my original drive was in the lower bay. My SSD is now in the upper bay.

    My Mini shipped with the drive in the lower bay, I installed my SSD in the upper bay and haven't run into any issues.
     
  12. Cassady, Jan 25, 2015
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    Did I order the wrong kit? SSD upgrade from iFix


    That's good to hear!

    [Edit:]

    Reading up a bit more - seems there have been a few problems reported where people left the HDD in the default position, and popped the SSD into the available bay. Seems that where the SSD was placed into the present HDD bay, with the latter being shifted - all was golden.

    Much bigger procedure apparently, but I'm thinking I'll go this route... Moving very, very slowly... :)
     

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