I wouldn't call it easy. Yes its possible but harder compared to previous models.But you can do it yourself easily. See https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac+Mini+Late+2014+Hard+Drive+Replacement/32815
There is no need for guide, just purchase SSD and external USB3 case (check it supports UASP, it will mentioned on the technical details) then place SSD into case, connect it into Mac Mini and clone your internal drive into SSD, you can use software such Disk Utility (unfortunately Apple maimed it in El Capitan), SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner. Once cloning is ready just boot into SSD by selecting it in System preferences and your done.I'd be interested in doing this, does someone have a tutorial they'd recommend?
Thanks, I did some research. I have a 2011 Mini, so I need a more expensive enclosure to make it work externally. Not sure what I'm going to do. My experience with hardware is limited, and I'm afraid upgrading the internal drive is out of my skill range.Try the one I linked two posts above yours.
the way that photos are showing on ifix it its really not worth itBut you can do it yourself easily. See https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac+Mini+Late+2014+Hard+Drive+Replacement/32815
Yep, that's a great option. I have a server spec QC i7 '12 Mini, I pulled the bottom drive, swapped in my MX100 SSD, left the top 1TB HDD in place, it's where all my VM backups, media, client archives, and some other "offline" files reside. In fact, I need to migrate more "slow files" to the HDD!Once you're running off your speedy external SSD, that pokey 5400 internal makes a great place to dump your music library, some books, old photos, even a Time Machine or SuperDuper! backup.
This could be great advice for folks like the OP. Unfortunately it will not help as much for Allisonv7 and others whose machines lack the USB 3.0 interface.Instead of buying an SSD and enclosure, I got an external USB3 ssd from Amazon at the below link for $60. Installation was easy as can be and it's super fast. I honestly can't tell the difference between the mini booting from an external usb3 ssd and my iMac with a sata ssd.