Mac Mini SSD Installation question


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Aug 8, 2007
Just bought an OWC 240GB 6G SSD drive. Mid 2011 Mac Mini with the 5400rpm drive in it. Going to remove the 5400 rpm drive completely after installing SSD.

1) The plan is to hook up the SSD externally (USB enclosure from OWC) and clone it with Carbon Copy Cloner.

Question 1) Once it is cloned is there a way to test the external drive (SSD Drive) to make sure that when I install it it will work? The last thing I would want to do is install it and it won't even boot. I realize if it is not hooked up correctly it may not work, but assuming it is I would love to pre test it.

Side question -

Currently it has 8GB memory. Any real reason to go to 16GB (meaning I would have to scrap both 4GB modules)? Uses are mail, internet, iPhoto, word.


Staff member
Jan 23, 2005
Sure... once you get the clone done, just shutdown. Then upon restart hold the option key and select the SSD in the external as the boot drive to test it out.


macrumors 68000
Sep 12, 2008
Northumberland, UK
You can also do some thing similar via system preferences >startup disk. Just pick your new drive and your Mac will restart using the drive you selected as the boot drive.