HDD Replace Question...

xheathen

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Aug 5, 2010
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I'm reading iFixit's 2011 Mini tear down... and it looks exceptionally easy to get in there and replace the HDD.

http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Mac-Mini-Mid-2011-Teardown/6131/1

What I'm not seeing, and I think this is probably because veteran experienced Mac owners probably know instinctively, is how the drive connects to that 1st SATA port.

I can kind of see that it's a custom port, but the adapter can just connect to any ol' laptop hard drive? It seems like the only reason why you couldn't add a second is the lack of the 2nd adapter, right?

I was thinking of getting one of these momentus drives from Seagate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148599. Has anyone used one of the XT hybrid drives??? I'm seeing them on sale $50 off for the 500gb on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Momen...3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1311374877&sr=1-3). Then I'm assuming you'd just do the CMD+R (if I remember right) and it'll do the internet based self recovery lion install??
 

jmcgeejr

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Oct 7, 2010
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Seattle, WA
I'm reading iFixit's 2011 Mini tear down... and it looks exceptionally easy to get in there and replace the HDD.

http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Mac-Mini-Mid-2011-Teardown/6131/1

What I'm not seeing, and I think this is probably because veteran experienced Mac owners probably know instinctively, is how the drive connects to that 1st SATA port.

I can kind of see that it's a custom port, but the adapter can just connect to any ol' laptop hard drive? It seems like the only reason why you couldn't add a second is the lack of the 2nd adapter, right?

I was thinking of getting one of these momentus drives from Seagate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148599. Has anyone used one of the XT hybrid drives??? I'm seeing them on sale $50 off for the 500gb on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Momen...3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1311374877&sr=1-3). Then I'm assuming you'd just do the CMD+R (if I remember right) and it'll do the internet based self recovery lion install??
The connector is just a standard sata plug with power all in one, yes you can use just about any 2.5 drive in there. And yes the CMD+R does work that's how I installed with my new C300 ssd on my 2011 mini. However I recommend getting an SSD if you can and then using some sort of external firewire or thunderbolt drive for storage. It really makes a big difference.
 

xheathen

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Aug 5, 2010
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Awesome :) That ram is actually from my desktop windows box. I ended up buying a miniITX that takes SODIMMs. So I'll just swap them out.
 
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