question about upgrading ssd 2012 Macmini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Che Castro, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    ok so I'm going to upgrade my 2012 base mac mini to ssd

    I'm going with this crucial 120gb ssd, i checked my mac os and I'm only using 63gb out of the 500gb hardrvie so i should be good with 120gb
    it will only be programs and the os
    the ssd I'm buying

    the tools i need , i ordered this here
    i did a google search and somebody here recommended this ,so hopefully is the correct tools

    now i plan to clone my hardrive to the ssd using the program carbon copy cloner
    to do this i ordered this external ssd enclosure
    i will then boot up the mac using the ssd to make sure everything works

    i will follow this video as a guide

    am i all set here ? do i need to do anything else?
  2. BigRed1 macrumors 6502

    Dec 13, 2011
    I'd skip carbon copy cloner and get an external enclosure for your old drive. Install mavericks fresh, then use migration assistant to move all if your programs and files. You can then use the old drive for extra storage or backup as needed.
  3. jboyd710 macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2013
    Knoxville, TN
  4. Che Castro thread starter macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    I had trouble with the install
    Everything went fine while removing the screws , I put the ssd in there
    Now the metal part with holes that goes on top of the ssd that thing did not aligned with the screw holes no matter how I move it around
    So that part only has 3 screws on it instead of the 4,
    I took the mini to a local computer repair and they could not get that metal part to align either .
    He said that maybe the heat made the metal shrink, I don't know but other then that
    Everything works
    So now if I take the mini to apple for repair I'm ****ed right ?
  5. hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    The shield with the holes has tabs on the curved edge which have to slide into a slot in the case shell. Doesn't sound like you are hitting that slot.
  6. satcomer, Feb 13, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2014

    satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    If I are you I would take a look at the MacSales Tech 2012 Mini videos to see how to do it, especially when your 2012 Mini was made.
  7. jbarley macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2006
    Vancouver Island
    Your problem is a common one, this YouTube video might be of some help.

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