New Mini Upgrade Nightmares

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by evandy, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. evandy macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2008
    Oi. Everything seems to be going fine (now) but this one was fun...

    Bought a new 2011 MacMini to replace a v2 mini server. Got a nice 256GB SSD and 8GB ram. Opened the thing up, for the upgrade...

    Attempt #1: When disassembling, the original HDD cable was disconnected already. Should have known fun was in the works now.

    Boot #1: Went to internet recovery to install Lion... Works fine, but no HDD available for install.

    Attempt #2: Get the fan and antenna plate out, then suddenly realize that I just need to partition the drive in Disk Utility.

    Boot #2: Everything comes up, go into Disk utility... no HDD listed! Ack!

    Attempt #3: During disassembly, I find that the HDD cable is unplugged already (again). So I push it back in, reassemble and try #3...

    Boot #3: There is a disk this time! Yay! Lion is installing now.

    Has anyone else found that the HDD SATA cable pops out easily and often? I don't remember seeing this noted anywhere, but it doesn't seem to be a great friction fit in my mini.
  2. nydennis macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    Seemed a little loose like in my Mini when I was installing the HDD. When I was moving stuff around in the Mini it did pop off so I kept it disconnected until I got everything together.

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