Help needed with Mac Mini Mod...

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by C8XY, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. C8XY macrumors 6502

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    Hi guys,

    I’ve searched what feels like the whole of the internet to find the correct cable combo to install a second HD using the optical sata connector on the interconnect board of my Mac Mini (A1176).
    I’m using the iFixit guide and in it, it states:
    I can’t find what looks like the correct product? I have the mini in pieces to help me identify the connectors but after a day looking around, I turn to MacRumors!!

    This is the guide I’m using from iFixit, its for the newer A1283 model but still applies to mine.

    Could someone tell me what exactly i need

    TIA

    Interconnect board:
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    Optical Drive:
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    SSD connection:
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  2. codymac, Jun 8, 2011
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    codymac macrumors 6502

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    Your optical drive is PATA, not SATA.

    You're going to need a bay/adapter card that converts from PATA to SATA. Search around for something like "PATA optibay" and you should be able to find what others are using.
     
  3. philipma1957, Jun 8, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2011

    philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    #3
    you have a 2007

    1.83 model or the 2.0 has a pata connection for the optical it is more expensive to do that upgrade



    http://www.newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=179


    I have not done one of these in a few years. contact them to see if it fits.


    http://cgi.ebay.com/Caddy-Apple-Opt...ge_Internal&hash=item5d2e734d11#ht_8434wt_834





    I found a large search

    http://computers.shop.ebay.com/Comp...dy&_kw=pata&_dmpt=PCC_Drives_Storage_Internal




    SCORE!!!!!





    http://cgi.ebay.com/HP-12-7mm-12-7-...ge_Internal&hash=item2eb3d78401#ht_4826wt_841





    Please double check with seller !
     
  4. C8XY thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you!!!

    No wonder I couldnt find the right sata connector :eek:

    Picked up the pata caddy for £12 delivered. I actually have the sata caddy for installing an additional HD in my iMac.

    Thanks again guys, appreciated.

    R.
     
  5. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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