Has anyone installed an Apple blade SSD into a Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by AnilPani, Nov 23, 2014.

  1. AnilPani macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2010
  2. scottsjack macrumors 68000

    Aug 25, 2010
  3. tvguy macrumors member


    Jul 10, 2008
    Las Vegas, NV
    My mini holds two regular 2.5 inch laptop drives.
  4. MacVidCards Suspended

    Nov 17, 2008
    Hollywood, CA
    Drive performance will be SATAIII at best.

    Note that the 2nd link you posted is for rMBP 2012 (typing this on one)

    They only contain a SATA SSD Blade.

    Much better to get true PCIE SSD blade.

    I have gotten a couple adapters form these guys, work fine.

    They have a very handy pic in the ad, you really should be looking at things to use with the far image on right. It's the one capable of 1,000 MB/s, the others are not.

    And this is on first link you posted:

    "Not FIT 2.5 inch SATA HDD because the length of the adapter plate is bigger than 2.5 inch SATA HDD. Only converted to 3.5 inch SATA HDD"

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  5. redheeler macrumors 603


    Oct 17, 2014
    Yes, the OP wants to know if it's possible to adapt an Apple PCIe SSD (from a late 2013 or later Mac) or SATA SSD (from an earlier rMBP/MBA) to substitute one of the drives in a 2012 Mac mini. The reasoning behind this could be TRIM support or faster transfer speeds.
  6. AnilPani, Nov 24, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2014

    AnilPani thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2010
    Excellent information. Thank you!

    Do the drives installed with the Sintech adapters appear as Apple drives in the System Utility?

    If so, that would be another upgrade possibility for us that will allow TRIM out of the box.

    Thanks again for the info!

    Best regards,
  7. Mizouse macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2014
    I'm curious about this too if it brings native TRIM support with a SATA adapter.

    is it beneficial to have TRIM enabled on the PCIe blade style SDDs as well?

    I'm thinking that if 2014 Mac mini SSDs show up on eBay I'll snag one and stuff it in my 2012 with an adapter if it brings native TRIM.
  8. handheldgames macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2009
    The PCIe slot used for Bluetooth and witeless is the same one from the nMP and the Sintech adapter. No one has tested the PCIE slot to see how many channels it provides. I'm considering a mini test drive to find out.
  9. MacVidCards Suspended

    Nov 17, 2008
    Hollywood, CA
    Are you certain of this?

    The WiFi & BT card from iMac and MBP and MBA are all the same connector, and they are nothing like the SSD Blade from nMP.

    Let me know if you mean something else, I have a 2014 Mini here and already have a 512Gb SSD to put inside, I had forgotten how miserable a 5400rpm drive was. Beachballs, spinning everywhere.
  10. handheldgames macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2009
    I finally found a close up of the PCI express Bluetooth / card as described by fixit that was posted in an expanded tear down of '14 mini. The pin count does not match any standard PCIe or Apple flash PCIe configurations. Rats!!

    The $200 external PCIe thunderbolt box you are using with external video cards appears to be the best DIY thunderbolt flash expansion option when coupled with an Apple Flash SSD. At a combined cost of under 850, it comes in almost $400 cheaper than the Lacie LBDT2 equipped with 2x Samsung xp941

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