SSD cable choice other than OWC or iFixit?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by koko69koki, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. koko69koki macrumors newbie

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    Hello everybody!
    This is my first post here. :)

    I would like to add a SSD drive to my late 2012 MacMini.
    The Internet is full of recommendations for OWC and iFixit products.
    But these are US based companies and the shipping is too complicated and expensive to my part of the world.
    The much easier and affordable way would be to order a similar kit from some Chinese seller on AliExpress or eBay.

    Does anybody here have any experience with MacMini SSD kits other than those from OWC or iFixit?
    If yes, what was the fit and finish of the cables?
    Are they reliable and of decent quality, since I would not like to loose data and get corrupted files because of poorly manufactured cable.

    I'm looking at this kit: http://www.aliexpress.com/item/New-...le-821-1501-A-821-1347-A-For/32651583728.html
    What do you think?
    Do you have some other recommendations?

    My Mini is model 6.2 with Core i7 2.3 GHz CPU, the 1TB HDD is located in the lower bay.

    Thanks in advance,
    Aleksandar
     
  2. jbarley macrumors 68030

    jbarley

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    I'm posting this photo only because some folks have been burned by the upper/lower term,
    this can happen when viewing the mini's internals with the unit upside/down.

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  3. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Their compatibility list is wrong--I don't think this or any other kit could add a second SATA drive drive to a 2014.

    The error is not just a simple typo either, you can see they went to the trouble to detail several 2014 models. So it makes me question the validity of the whole thing.

    You can check without opening the Mac Mini by checking "SATA" in "About this Mac". Also you can check Disk Utility, click on the drive, and look at "Connection ID". In either case, it will say "upper" or "lower".
     
  4. jbarley macrumors 68030

    jbarley

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    Yes I know that, which is exactly why I mentioned that the confusion can come when "viewing" the mini's internals with the unit upside/down.
     

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