Possible to Switch/Combine parts from 2010 and 2011 Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Wicked1, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. Wicked1 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    Does anyone know if the 2010 and 2011 are that different, I was thinking of getting a new one with the ATI card and maybe putting those components into a 2010 with the Superdrive? or just move the superdrive over to the new one and use the 2010 case?

    I need a Superdrive but refuse to buy one from Apple.
  2. MovieCutter macrumors 68040


    May 3, 2005
    Washington, DC
    So let me get this straight, you're going to buy a Mac Mini just to go through the pain and hassle of tearing it apart to implant the guts into an OLD Mac Mini...to avoid spending $79 on an external superdrive???

    Good luck :rolleyes:

    Why not just sell your old one, and use the money to buy the superdrive?
  3. jmcgeejr macrumors 6502


    Oct 7, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    I can tell you that from just doing this with mine no, you could migrate the sata cable but I didn't see the cdrom power connector in there.
  4. Rapscallion macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2010
    I could be wrong but I bet the 2011 mother board doesnt have the conections for an ODD.
    I wish they had left the ODD in the 2011 Mini, I am however still tempted to purchase one after seeing the benchmarks that are starting to filter down.
    I just dont want to have an external drive taking up space on my desk.
  5. richpjr macrumors 68030


    May 9, 2006
    Just out of curiosity, why do you refuse to buy a superdrive from Apple?
  6. TheBaconKing macrumors regular


    Dec 2, 2010
    Northwest Arkansas
    The SuperDrive apple sells is aluminum and it doesn't look bad. Get it and put it on top of the mini
  7. Wicked1 thread starter macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    2011 mini Frankenstein Question

    I was thinking of taking the logic board out of my 2011 and placing it into my 2010 chasis. The reason I am thinking of doing this is I need a Superdrive, and I would like the speed gain and performance from the 2011 base mini i5 2.3

    Has anyone used Cross Mojoniation to combine the two or done any type of Frankensteining to their new Mini?

    I can buy a superdrive but there are some movies I prefer to watch from a DVD drive only because of the features, and I still need a Superdrive.
  8. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
  9. Mavimao macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2005
    Lyon, France
    I think I saw that the port needed to hook the superdrive up is gone on the new motherboard. So...yeah.
  10. thedenethor macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    According to pictures from both iFixit and Tech-Republic there is a high probability of success.
    I'm currently using HL-DT-ST CA10N Bluray drive with my Mid 2010 Mini and I want to upgrade for HD Audio with 2011 minis.

    One way or other I' ll do the surgery in first week of October. For now I'm just watching the whole internet like hawk to see if anbody tried it or not :D

    For those who offering Ext. Drives: No thank you I do not want anything in my living room besides my Marant SR7002 and Macmini :cool: This is the whole concept of HTPCs, right?
  11. Bearxor macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2007

    The whole concept of a HTPC is to control your entire Home Theater Experience. That includes things like watching/recording Live TV. It's not to be a glorified Blu-Ray Player and streaming box.

    Buy a Blu-Ray Player and a WDTV Live or something. Save yourself $400.
  12. thedenethor macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    I was not just talking about Blu-Ray.It was just an example for my usage scenario. My Mid-2010 Macmini already serves me for Live TV/DVR, Live TV Stream, FLAC Stream (Audiogalaxy), Pictures, Some TBs of 1080p movies etc.

    Right now only missing part is HD Audio and faster real time encoding for 1080i Live TV and 1080p MKVs.

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