ssd upgrade HELP

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  1. sven551 macrumors newbie

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    i want to upgrade my 2011 mac mini but I'm stuck.
    i want to upgrade the internal hard drive to a ssd from ocz: the vertex 4 120 gb but i want my old hard drive as a external hard drive with the owc on the go pro is this possible. but i want to boot from the ssd because that's faster and i still want to use the music, photos en other stuff on that external hard drive .
    anyone know how? 
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    It is possible, since you can select the startup disk in System Preferences > Startup Disk.

    While the following guide is for MacBooks and MacBook Pros, the same principles about transferring data applies:
    MacBook, MacBook Pro: Replacing the Hard Disk Drive, transferring data to the new HDD

    the guide includes:
    • 0. Identify your MacBook or MacBook Pro
    • 1. Getting a new HDD
    • 2. Guides to replace the internal HDD with a newer one
    • 3. Transferring data from the old HDD to the new HDD
    • 4. Using the optical disk drive (ODD) slot for placing an SSD or HDD inside the MB/P (OPTIBAY)



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  3. bdodds1985 macrumors 6502a

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    follow the video on owc's website on how to install the ssd. then just get a sata to usb connection and a case for the old hdd.
     
  4. sven551 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thank you guys,

    this is what I'm gonna do: i buy a ssd and a sata to usb/firewire enclosure replace the hdd with the new ssd and put the old hdd in the sata enclosure then i put everything back together i boot my mac up and then??
     
  5. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    look it is easy and safe to buy the seagate t-bolt adapter


    this is the thread

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1317577

    this is one of the best ssd's to use
    price
    performance
    plus it works


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226226


    this is a source for the cable and the adapter

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-GoFlex-Thunderbolt-Adapter-STAE121/dp/B006P1QWOQ


    total cost is more (about 400 for a 240gb setup) but it is easy and safe.

    Something to consider rather then putting the ssd in the mini.
     
  6. sven551, Apr 16, 2012
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