Height of Mini drive bay

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Cave Man, Jan 5, 2008.

  1. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Does anyone know if the Mini can take the new Hitachi 2.5" 500 gig drive? It is 12 mm in height.
  2. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Well, the MacBook and MBP both can only use 9.5mm height drives, so it's highly likely that the Mini is the same.

    Maybe you should email/check out ifixit.com or look up user manual on apple.com
  3. Cave Man thread starter macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Since the enclosures are substantially different, I don't see the relevance of your comment.

    Never heard of them. Will check there next. (Nope, no info online with them.)

    Apple doesn't put their service manuals online, thus the information isn't available since an HD replacement on a Mini isn't considered a user-upgrade. If it comes down to it, I'll just crack open one of my Minis to see.
  4. tefleming macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2006
    OtherworldComputing is another good site for part compatibility info:

    http://eshop.macsales.com They have a Mac Mini Upgrades category
  5. Cave Man thread starter macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    But they don't provide clearance info, either. Looks like I'll just have to crack open a Mini.
  6. gotzero macrumors 68040

    Jan 6, 2007
    Mid-Atlantic, US
  7. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    When I had my PPC Mini open it was very tight in there. The drive fitted was a standard 9.5mm drive. I don't think there would be room for a non-standard 12mm one.
  8. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    Actually, I think it might fit. The HD has a T-shaped "foam spacer" on one side of it. You could trim 3mm off the width of that spacer and it would be ok...the only problem you might have is the clearance of the connector. I remember when replacing my stock 80G HD with a 200G Hitachi you have to "lift" the connector end of the drive a little to get it to engage, so there is a little clearance...not sure if it's enough for a 3mm bigger drive....but if the connector is offset a little - and not centered on the 500G drive, it might be fine (assuming it's offset to the correct side)

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