New 2.3 i7 coming: What steps in which order?

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  1. 911scanner, Dec 14, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2012

    911scanner macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2011
    Current 2010 27" i3 iMac owner. Good with hardware, software not as much. Plenty of work to older PC's in my past.

    Today, my new 2.3 i7 Mac Mini arrives, along with 16Gb Ram and Samsung 840 Pro 256Gb. OWC Data doubler kit coming as well.

    So, while I think I've got a handle on having all of the hardware & parts I need, and the resources for instructions to tear apart the MM and get it back together, my next steps after SSD install (or prior for that matter) are a bit hazy for me.

    Going to keep the HDD along with the SSD in the MM.

    Do I want to follow these steps, in this order? Or can someone tell me a better method?

    1) Test new MM out of the box to ensure functionality.
    2) Install SSD
    3) Turn on MM (CMD+R) to do Internet recovery to install fresh OSx on new SSD
    4) Recover apps & Home folder from 27" iMac.

    Does this sound right?

    Do I need to do a TM recovery to the MM HDD from the 27" iMac first, before installing the SSD & getting a fresh OSx install?

    My desired outcome is to have most everything onto the MM from the 27" iMac. I have a large itunes file (400Gb), so maybe I need to move that off of the iMac HDD first, so the TM back up is smaller. Then I can recover that file to the MM after everything is setup?

    I'm not exactly a newbie, but maybe just a step above that. I want to do it correctly to get the desired outcome, so any advice is welcome.
  2. 53x12 macrumors 68000


    Feb 16, 2009
    Looks good. There have been several threads on this topic lately as many are getting new mini's this time of the year. A few good threads over the past few days:

    If you want to create your own fusion drive look here:

    Good luck, it shouldn't be too difficult at all.

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