SSD in Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by goodtimes5, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. goodtimes5 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2004
    Bay Area
    What do I need to know about installing a SSD into a Mini to use as a system drive for running Lion on? I'd use the HDD that comes with the Mini as data storage but put the OS and the apps on the SSD.

    There are a ton of resources on various places online, but I'm looking for some real-world advice because I've seen that installing an OS on a SSD is a lot more difficult than expected. Any tips or guides I should know?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  3. monsieurpaul macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2009
    What I did :

    I reinstalled Mac OS with the 64 GB SSD as system drive and my previous 500 GB HDD as Data drive.

    Extra clean install, all apps were reinstalled, all data were manually copied from my TM backUp.

    In addition you'll need to do the following:
    - Copy the user folder from SSD to HDD
    - Associate the user folder on the HDD to your account (System settings > Users > right click on your
    account for advanced options)
    - DO NOT REMOVE the user folder on the SSD
    - You should create an Admin account whose user folder will stay on the SSD in case the HDD fail.
  4. radiogoober macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2011
    Man, thank you for that post. I was about to ask how the whole folder layout works with a second drive, but it makes sense now that I see you can change where the home folder is.

    So Applications & all OS files are on the SSD, and everything in ~ is on the HDD.
  5. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
  6. monsieurpaul macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2009

    In addition, if you can't invest in a 128 GB SSD and still want Windows 7, you can install Bootcamp on the HDD. It works reliably, but of course it is slower than installing it on the SSD.
  7. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007

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