Upgrades

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by darthlinux, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. darthlinux
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    I was just wondering what is the best memory to use for my Mac Mini its the 2011 model (I5 2.3) I want to upgrade to 8GB but I am not paying PC World prices.
    I also want to upgrade the HD but not sure how I would get the OS back on the new hd, can someone tell me please.

    Any help would be great.
     
  2. GGJstudios
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    Some great sources for RAM for your Mac are OWC, Crucial and newegg.com.
    Here's a simple approach:
    1. Buy an external enclosure and put your old drive in it.
    2. Install your new drive in your Mac.
    3. Boot from your old (external) drive by holding the Option key on startup.
    4. Use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the old (external) drive to the new (internal) drive.
    5. Boot from the new internal drive.
    6. Your now running on your new internal drive and your old drive is now an external drive, useful for backups or additional storage.
     
  3. Dixi1801
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    Crucial are doing 16gb for about £50... absolute steal!
     
  4. laughjimbo
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    I always buy my memory from crucial, I put 8gb in my MacMini and also fitted a 256gb M4 SSD from crucial, it is transformed, much, much faster than before and i use my original hard drive in a USB enclosure.
     

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