I've spent quite a bit of time reading through tutorials, but I'm a little confused. I just want to make sure I am thinking correctly. I want to upgrade my current Mac Mini hard drive to an SSD and keep the stock drive as a backup/internal for extra storage. My current Mac Mini (Late 2012) specs are: 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 500GB (5400-rpm) hard drive 4GB (two 2GB) of 1600MHz DDR3 memory OSX Yosemite I've ordered the following for my upgrade: Crucial M550 512GB SATA 2.5" Crucial 16GB Kit (8GBx2) Mac Mini Dual Drive Kit My first question is in regards to cloning the drive. Since the dual drive kit comes with a new SATA cable, won't the Mac Mini recognize the SSD once installed? If so, can't I just fire computer back up as normal and find SSD in Disk Utility, format and then clone the stock HD to the SSD? I've seen tutorials where it's hooked up externally, cloned, then installed. But, do I need to do that with the dual drive kit? Once the cloning is done, do I need to swap the drive locations inside the machine in order for it to boot from the SSD (in other words, how do I tell the mac to boot from the SSD)? After that is figured out, can I then just reformat/erase the stock HD and use it as an external drive?