Mac Mini 2012 SSD Issues.

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Oscar88, May 29, 2014.

  1. Oscar88 macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2014
    Hi there, wondering if anyone has any suggestions as im literally about to start pulling my hair out.

    I used to have 2 hard drives in my system, 1) the orginal 500gb and the i added a second 1tb SSHD.

    Now i didnt really need all that space as all my movies are on an external so i thought id swap the SSHD out for a Samsung 840 evo.

    So it arrived this morning and so I swapped it out and booted back up. Formatted it in disc utility then downloaded the mavericks installer. Launched the installer, it got about 3/4 of the way through the install then spazed out and said it couldnt installed for some non specific reason (I did this a second time, results were the same). I thought it was odd so i took the SSD back out and plugged it into an external enclosure. Booted back up and managed to install perfectly. Thought this is great! plugged it back internally, booted up, didnt want to do anything.

    I then didnt know if the install on my standard 500gb HDD was interfering with it so i formatted it blank and tried again (this is all the while running the SSD back out in the external enclosure), turned it off and put the SSD back inside... same problem.

    Literally dont know what else to try. Im currently running the os with the ssd in the enclosure but this is no long term solution as its literally roasting up my computer. So yeah some suggestions would be well recieved.

    Kind regards


    EDIT: I also tried doing it via internet recovery, i would format it fresh with disc utility then everytime it finished downloading it would just go back to the recovery start screen. This gets pretty frustrating after downloading it three times!
  2. RCAFBrat macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2013
    Montreal, QC
    Some folks have reported issues with SSD in one of the trays that is presumably related to the the cable. Try replacing the original HDD with the SSD and, if you like, putting one of your HDD in the other tray (I would try this after trying SSD only).

    Best of luck and post results please!
  3. drsox macrumors 65816


    Apr 29, 2011
    I also think it might be cable related. Try connecting the SSD to the second SATA port but not burying it in the depths of the Mini (operate it upside down with the second drive hanging loose. See if it works like that. If not, then swap drives and try again. If you can verify that it all works, then do the actual install. If it then doesn't work, then it's a physical issue with the cable lengths. You'll need to also have the fan hanging loose - take care it doesn't vibrate itself to death when starting up !

    I had no problems getting 2x 256GB Evos to work using the OWC second drive cable.

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