I did a few search, but just wanted to post this to make sure I got all my bases covered. My 2011 mac mini with the 500GB HDD currently running 10.9 has been used primarily as a server/repo that's on 24/7. Few weeks ago, I noticed that its on but couldn't not see it in my folder on my other macs. So I have been rebooting it every few days, and yesterday it started happening multiple times a day. I figured maybe its time for a fresh install. Backed up to TM, then reboot and cmd+R, but got a SMART error upon OS installation screen, and couldn't install. I erased the whole drive and attempted again, but every single time, I got a SMART error hardware failure. The 5400rpm drive is great for server usage, but its very slow while doing actual tasks, so I think its time to replace it with an EVO 750GB SSD to breath some new life into it. My main question is, if I replace the drive with the SSD, would I still be able to get to internet recovery with cmd+R? Is the recovery tool built into the firmware and not the HHD? The old drive is already erased. If the internet recovery tool isn't available, how would I go about reinstalling the OS on the new SSD? Thanks all.