Late 2012 maximum HD Storage Size?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by eljanitor, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. eljanitor macrumors 6502


    Feb 10, 2011
    The 2012 Mac Mini came with the option for two 1 TB Internal Hard Drives. Does anyone know if the bus will support drives larger then 1 TB? For Example can I add two 2 TB SSD's to my Mac Mini, or will it not recognize them? Has anyone ever done this, and what was, or is the maximum it will allow internally?
  2. saulinpa macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2008
  3. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    There's no technical restriction for larger capacity hard drives in the 2012 mini.
    The limit is the physical height of the drive, which is a maximum of 9.5mm thickness for your 2012 mini.
    You just have to search for drives that are the capacity that you want, and thin enough to fit...
    Here's a Seagate 2TB that will fit in your mini -
  4. eljanitor thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 10, 2011
    I have a 480 GB Crucial SSD in the top slot, and I may add a 2 TB SSD in the bottom and replace the factory 1 TB HD that is there now. I don't know if it will make much of a difference in speed because the OS is on the SSD, and the Factory 1 TB HD is mainly just for storage, data music etc. I'd just like more internal space then it has now because I've been doing some stuff with iMovie and it takes up so much space to make you tube videos etc etc. Thank you for the advice, if you have any more pointers I appreciate whatever you know.
  5. twalk macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2009
    If you've already got a 480G SSD and 1T HD installed, then it's probably time to consider external storage instead of a small, 1T, internal drive increase. Why? Because if a 1T internal HD isn't enough, it's probably only a matter of time before a 2T internal HD isn't enough either

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