Moving SSD (boot drive) from USB caddy and back into 2012 Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by FlatRabbit, Feb 10, 2015.

  1. FlatRabbit macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2014
    Guys, can you confirm if there will be any issues to swapping my 2012 mini SSD boot drive from a USB 3 caddy and putting it into the mac mini itself.

    I bought a 2012 Mac Mini i5 machine back in October 2014 and its running Yosemite with the latest updates etc.

    However I've recently acquired a 256Gb Samsung EVO 840 SSD and a USB 3 caddy and I've used SuperDuper to clone the standard 500Gb HDD to the SSD and I then changed the boot drive to be from the SSD via the USB 3 caddy to make sure that everything was working OK, rather than the internal HDD. Everything seems to be OK, so I'm looking to do a nit of surgery :D

    So my question is; can I just remove the internal 500Gb HDD and replace it with the SSD without any other changes to settings or will the system realise that the SSD is no longer booting from the USB 3 caddy even though it's still the boot drive albeit in the lower bay of the mini?

  2. scottsjack macrumors 68000

    Aug 25, 2010
    That is exactly how many of us set up out SSD. In my case my two minis did not even act like they knew whether the SSD internally or externally mounted. Everything worked perfectly the first time.
  3. marclondon macrumors regular

    Aug 14, 2009
    If you put a bootable disk in your Mac it will find it. If you have more than one bootable volume hold down the alt key on startup to select the one you want.

  4. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    Followup to the previous post. After you boot the first time this way you'll need to set the startup disk in system preferences, too. Otherwise it will try to go back the old way (or take extra time booting to search for one).


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