SSD install on new Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mscmsc, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. mscmsc macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2011

    I just purchased an i7 Mac Mini with the standard 500 GB HDD. I'm wondering if I can install and aftermarket SSD and keep the current HDD as well. I would like to put Lion OS and my apps on the SSD to use as my main/boot drive, and use the current HDD, for additional storage. Is this sort of thing possible? If so, how do I put a clean Lion OS on the SSD and wipe everything from the hard disk


  2. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    AFAIK, the new Airs and minis have the "Internet recovery feature" built into the firmware, so you can just download a new copy of Lion if you want a clean install.

    I'm about to install a SSD in my 2010 mini. I ordered mine with an external enclosure. When it gets here, I'll temporarily put it in the enclosure, hook it up to the mini, and use SuperDuper to make a clone. Then I'll put the SSD in the mini, and remove the HDD, putting it into the enclosure. I'll use the Disk Utility app to format it clean.

    I think I saw somewhere where someone made the special cable required if you want to run the SSD + HDD both in your new mini.
  3. falterego macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2008
    Southern California
    If you want the original drive to be internal, you'll need the connector referenced in this post. It seems a bit pricey IMO, so I would go with external.

    If you're ok with it being external I'd suggest finding a Firewire 800 external case for it since that'll be faster than USB 2.0

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