Mac Mini 2010 Dual Hard Drive Caddy SSD and HD position

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by sgiera, Feb 16, 2015.

  1. sgiera macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2014
    Need some help.

    Got a 2010 mac mini and want to do the dual hard drive. For the main hard drive, can I put in a SSD and regular 2.5 HD has the second caddy hard drive?

    Thank you,
  2. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Either drive can go in either position.
    I've seen threads where people have had trouble if they've moved the existing drive but I've seen just as many threads where people didn't.
    Put whichever drive wherever you want it and then just use the Startup Disk Setting to tell your system which drive to boot off of.
    And read the ifixit guide and watch lots of videos before you attempt it.
    LOTS of little VERY FRAGILE connectors in there that can quickly turn your machine into a paperweight if not done correctly.
  3. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    I would like to offer a tip that will yield a higher probability of success:

    Prep and test the new SSD BEFORE you put it inside the Mini, using either an external 2.5" enclosure or a USB3/SATA docking station.

    Could prevent numerous headaches, if you don't...
  5. gpspad macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2014
    I second that, and treat removing the IRDA plug like its a bomb. Its so easy to break the connector off the logic board.
  6. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    I've just ordered an OWC "data doubler" to my 2010 Mini. I wonder if I could install a 2.5" 4TB HDD on it, since it measures 15mm in height. Any ideas?
  7. HenryAZ macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2010
    South Congress AZ
    I used to have a 2011 Mini, with the OWC data doubler kit. IIRC, the maximum thickness for the drives is 9 (or 9.5)mm. I also seem to recall that I read that information somewhere on the OWC site before I purchased. Perhaps download whatever spec sheets or user manuals they have available, or they might have an install video.

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