Question about Mac Mini replacement

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by priscillasilcock, Feb 23, 2018.

  1. priscillasilcock macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2018
    Hey guys, this is such a nice gesture from Apple. Being a student without a computer for long is unimaginable. I wanted to pick some brains here. My hubby is a music producer and recently his Mac Mini late 2012 had problems when installing High Sierra so now we have to look at either upgrading with 1TB Samsung or OWC harddrive or just buying refurbished 2014 Mac Mini. Do you think DIY installation of 1TB SSD is going to be problematic, would it be better to just get a refurbished 2014?
  2. teksurv macrumors regular


    May 25, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Have a look at the repair guide for the late 2012 mini over at If you think either of you are up for it, that's the route I'd go (and have done myself).

  3. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Ask your husband this:
    Does he really, really, really need High Sierra?

    Fastest, easiest, safest way to upgrade the Mini's hard drive:
    Buy a USB3 external SSD, plug it in, and set it up to become your "external booter".
    It will run great, without muss or fuss.
  4. Boyd01 macrumors 601


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    You said your mini "had problems"... exactly what does that mean? And why do you think that installing a SSD will fix those problems? Seems like you need to fully understand what is wrong before spending money on an internal SSD.

    You could try @Fishrrman 's suggestion and get an external SSD, I'm using a 1tb Samsung T3 on my 2012 quad mini and it works like a champ with demanding apps like Final Cut Pro. If it turns out there is something else wrong with your Mini, you could still use the external drive with a new mini.

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