Question about RAM/SSD upgrade for new Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by geraldfleck, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. geraldfleck macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2012
    Hi all,

    Like many of you, I was thrilled to see the Mini get updated and bought one right away. It comes today, as do the various peripherals I ordered with it.

    I do have a question, and I'm sure someone here can answer it:

    I will be upgrading to 16gb RAM and will be adding an SSD using the OWC data doubler kit (leaving the 500gb HDD in place).

    In what order should I do everything? I was thinking I'd
    1. Power the Mini on, complete the ML setup, etc.;
    2. Power down;
    3. Do the RAM and SSD install;
    4. Power up and use disk utility to copy the entire image from the HDD to the SSD;
    5. Use system preferences to make SSD boot drive;
    6. Restart;
    7. Do memory test?

    Is there anything I'm missing here? Something with TRIM?

    This is my first upgrade since my 2007 Macbook (running SL), so I wanted to ask in case ML works differently somehow.

    Thanks in advance for any help.
  2. Kryptik.Kode macrumors member


    Mar 8, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
    I am doing the same thing except I am replacing the 500GB with an SSD. I am curious about TRIM as well.
  3. Lance-AR macrumors 6502

    May 7, 2012
    Little Rock, AR
    I believe you can do the trim enabler at any time. I think it retroactively trims anything not currently trimmed.

    Your list looks good to me.
  4. LaunchpadBS macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2008
    Power on first to make sure it works before you open it, then bang in the HD and ram.

    Depending on which you want your primary drive to be, if the SSD i'd recommend a fresh install instead or mirroring the drive.
  5. geraldfleck thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2012
    Thanks for all the replies.

    Yep, I'll have the SSD as my main (boot) drive (with OS X & applications installed); so I was planning to just copy the fresh copy of ML (that will come on the HDD) onto the SSD. Sound ok?

    Also, I imagine I need to download TRIM-enabler (I ordered a Samsung 830)?
  6. the27thvoice macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2012
    I heard somewhere that it mattered which drive was on top, something about only the drive in the original slot being able to boot. Is this still an issue, or does it just not matter anymore? Anyone know?
  7. Toraen macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2010
    I haven't tried this, so I guess this is really more of a question.

    I thought OSX could boot any bootable volume. Unless there's something whacky going on with the second SATA port I don't think OSX cares.
  8. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    urban legend both top and bottom can boot
  9. hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    My 2011 Mini has a SSD (DIY upgrade) and HD (oem) and can boot from either drive just fine. :)
  10. the27thvoice macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2012
    Thanks, that's my final worry put to rest...if only OWC and Apple can each deliver their package now :D

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