Replacing the 1Tb Hd of the mac mini with 256gb Ssd

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Pianoman0018, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. Pianoman0018 macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2010
    I bought a new mac mini last week and im planning to replace the hd with an Ssd ( crucial m4 256gb)
    My question is: how can i restore the software (mountain lion) from the hd to the new ssd? Is there a way?

    Thank you
  2. Omnius macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2012
    By restore do you mean copy the OS and current contents or just a fresh install? You could probably just do a fresh install if you put the SSD in a cheap external enclosure. You could definitely do a fresh install if you put the SSD inside in the second drive bay. It really only takes a cable, some rubber stoppers and hd mountain screws. And there are kits from OWC to do that.
  3. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    It doesn't even take that. It just takes the cable. I had a 2011 Base Mini that I added an SSD to and just left the SSD "floating" on top of the hard drive. It ran like that for a year until I sold it (and tore out the SSD as well as the cable). I just recently purchased a 2012 quad core and in went the same cable and the SSD again "floats" above the HD. Since SSD's do not spin, they do not vibrate (thus no need for the rubber grommets) and are more or less shock proof so even if you move the mini and jostle it while turned on (not really sure why you would do that) the SSD will be more than fine.

    Purchase the cable and you will be fine.
  4. Omnius macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2012
    Isnt the price difference between the cable and the whole kit like 5-7 bucks?
  5. SVTmaniac macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2013
    What I did was got a cheap usb 3.0 enclosure with my SSD. Put the SSD in the enclosure and plugged it into my Mini. I used Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the factory 1TB drive over to the SSD drive. I then set my boot drive to the SSD to ensure everything was working correctly. After that I just put the SSD in the Mini and moved the 1TB drive to the enclosure to use as a storage drive. Took me about an hour to do the whole thing.
  6. Pianoman0018 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2010

    I mean take out the HD which originaly has the mountain lion software and replace it with the SSD drive which i bought and its empty
    how can i install the mountain lion software to my empty ssd drive from the HD?
  7. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    The cables can be found everywhere but the kits not so easily especially if you aren't in the US. I picked up my cable for $32 when the kits were going for $69. Just sayin...
  8. niteflyr macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2011
    Southern Cal
    Just do the drive swap then use Internet Recovery to format drive and install OSX on SSD.
  9. Mojo1 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2011
    I've also been thinking of adding an SSD to an MBP and possibly my Mac Mini.

    Is it possible to simply install the SSD and then transfer everything from a bootable clone of the internal drive that resides on an external volume? I'm not interested in doing a clean install; I just want to be able to move everything from the external clone.
  10. dukee101 macrumors member


    Jan 17, 2009
  11. Mojo1 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2011

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