Mac Mini HDD stuck

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by snapdragonx, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. snapdragonx macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2012
    Hi all,

    I purchased a 2012/13 Mac Mini today and I'm trying to remove the HDD to install an SSD. Can I insert a blank SSD in there or do I need to use Super Duper or some other software to clone the hard drive first?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Chancha macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2014
    The other way round is easier.

    Don't take anything out of the Mini yet, wait for your SSD to come, then put the SSD into an external enclosure, mount this to the Mini, format with Disk Utility, clone your OS X from Mini internal HDD to the SSD.

    After that boot from this SSD to see if it works (still as an external). At this point you can then take apart the Mini and put the SSD in place. In fact you may even buy one of those drive bay frames so instead of swapping out the internal HDD, you can fit it into the upper SATA bay inside the Mini, so you end up with a dual drive / fusion drive Mini.
  3. Fishrrman macrumors Pentium


    Feb 20, 2009
    For the "prep and test" part (before you open the Mini), you could use a USB3/SATA dock. They cost as little as $20.

    To see what these are, go to and enter "usb3 sata dock" into the search box, and you'll get many hits.

    Here's one that should work:

    It will also come in handy anytime you encounter a "bare" SATA drive...

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