Second hard drive cable included on all models of 2011 mini?
I understand that the Server model is only available in a 2 drive configuration. Therefore it must have both cables. Also, the base model $599 version is only available from Apple as a single drive. Therefore it is definitely Not included.
So, the question is, will a $799 mini that is configured from Apple in a single-drive configuration include the second cable as well, or not?
No, unfortunately Apple has decided not to include the proprietary second hard drive cables in their non-server models. Luckily, we include them in our dual hard drive kits along with everything else you need to install a second hard drive in your Mini.
Hope this helps!
Add a second hard drive to your 2011 or 2012 Mac Mini. Kit includes: SATA Hard Drive Cable, Mounting Grommets, Mounting Screws, Logic Board Removal Tool, 26 Bit Driver Kit, and ESD-Safe Spudger. Compatible with 2.3, 2.5, or 2.7 GHz 2011 Mac Minis (Model A — 50+ available at 29.95 each.