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Mac Mini Dual Drive Kit

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Product code: IF171-005
Apple Part #: 922-9560, 076-1391

Product Overview

Server-size your Mac Mini for less.

  • All Mac Minis support two hard drives—don't pay the Apple premium for an expensive Mac Mini server when you can use our kit to make one yourself and save money.
  • This kit includes all the tools and hardware you need to install a second drive in your Mac Mini. Select the Complete Kit if you need all the tools, or select the No Tools option if you already have the required spudger, T6, and T8 screwdrivers.

Compatibility

  • 2.3, 2.5, or 2.7 GHz 2011 Mac Minis (Model A1347)
  • 2.3, 2.5, or 2.6 GHz 2012 Mac Minis (Model A1347)

Product Details

$29.95 Complete Kit

 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

6 month warranty

Notes:

Kit Contents:

  • SATA Hard Drive Cable - connect your new drive to the logic board
  • Mounting Grommets - soft rubber grommets protect and dampen vibrations from your new hard drive
  • Mounting Screws - four set screws to safely secure your new drive
  • Logic Board Removal Tool - specialized for the Mini's unique logic board
  • 26 Bit Driver Kit - includes all of the screwdriver sizes you need for this upgrade, and equips you for tons of other repair jobs
  • Spudger - ESD safe tool for disconnecting cables, poking, and prying

$19.95 No Tools

 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

6 month warranty

Notes:

Kit Contents:

  • SATA Hard Drive Cable - connect your new drive to the logic board
  • Mounting Grommets - soft rubber grommets protect and dampen vibrations from your new hard drive
  • Mounting Screws - four set screws to safely secure your new drive
  • Logic Board Removal Tool - specialized for the Mini's unique logic board
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Replacement Guides

Mac Mini Late 2012

Difficulty: Moderate

Mac Mini Mid 2011

Difficulty: Moderate

 

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When we took apart the 2011 Mac Mini, we found the optical drive conspicuously absent. While few are bemoaning Apple's efforts to hasten the death of physical media, we were saddened that Apple didn't make better use of the extra space. Fear not, we've got a solution to bring your Mini back to the space-efficiency you'd expect in an Apple product.

You're free to install whatever combination of SSDs and/or spinning drives suits your fancy. Both drives are recognized as a regular internal drive and performance is identical in either position.

The Chef Recommends:

Don't have the newest Mac Mini? We have a solution to add a second drive to any Mac Mini:

 

Compatibility

Mac Mini Late 2012
2.3 GHz (Quad i7, Late 2012)
2.5 GHz (Dual i5, Late 2012)
2.6 GHz (Quad i7, Late 2012)
Mac Mini Mid 2011
2.3 GHz (Dual i5, Mid 2011)
2.5 GHz (Dual i5, Mid 2011)
2.7 GHz (Dual i7, Mid 2011)
 

Stories

My Problem

so I took my mac mini apart all good until I noticed one of the cable headers had busted on disaembly. it seems to affect power light and unsure what else had 4 wires runs along the cd rack fram to what looks like a sensor, I suspect was for cd rom and power lightpossibly remote since remote no longer works as well.

My Fix

ok the 2 new hd's went in fine and work great, system runs faster. now has 16 gb ram of 1333 sodim, and 2 x 1 terabyte hybrid drives.

My Advice

when disconnecting wires do slowly ya should mack sure power header and fan header and one more 3 more depending on model , one for old hd, 2 headers for hd when assembled, power, and power led,

My Problem

Upgrade a 500G single Hard drive mini to a 1.5T dual.

My Fix

Mac Minis of this model have the capability of being upgraded to include a second hard drive. It may mean taking the whole thing apart, but I recommend it.

My Advice

It may look like it is packed in tighter than an '85 Camry, but if you take it piece by piece it is incredibly simple. Keep everything in order, take your time if you need, but try to do the entire process in one sitting.

My Problem

I found out that the HDD on my 2012 Mac Mini is mounted in the upper bay.

The problem is that the iFixit kit comes with the SATA cable for the upper bay. All tutorials you can find on the internet show the HDD in lower bay with SSD mounted in upper bay. I really don't know why my mac mini had this the opposite way.

To fix the issue I had to mount the SSD in the lower bay then twist and bend the SATA cable to fit. Make sure to bend the cable properly so that when you mount the WiFi back it goes around the screws. Just leave the SATA cable lose, mount the WiFI, then connect the SATA cable to the motherboard.

Looking at the bright side, I only needed to remove the fan, wifi and replace the mounting gromments to make the upgrade.

My Fix

It took around 30 min. The Mac Mini is really fast with the SSD.

My Advice

Before doing the upgrade, check the position of your HDD (upper or lower bay) and buy the corresponding SATA cable for the position where the SSD will be installed.

My Problem

I bought a Mac Mini and wanted to upgrade the SSD myself to save the money to buy additional memory.

My Fix

I followed the youtube videos step by step to do it and it was a great experience.. The kit definitely helped.

My Advice

Just do it yourself instead of paying huge premium to Apple for upgraded equipment and apple care.

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My Problem

I wanted to upgrade the stock 5400 RPM HDD on my Mac mini, and I wanted to be able to use both OS X and Windows. Since I was already going to be digging around the inside of my mini, I decided that I wanted to be able to Dual Boot with each OS having its own drive. Luckily for me, the Mac mini has a second INTERNAL drive bay, and so I was able to get exactly what I wanted!

My Fix

The guide was great for doing the hardware swaps, and the Dual Hard Drive Kit worked perfectly for my SSD upgrades! The SSDs I chose were a pair of 120 GB Samsung 840 EVOs.

On a side note, if you order the Kit from iFixit, the ribbon cable for the second drive comes pre-bent.

My Advice

Before I began, I used DiskMaker X to create a 10.9 (Mavericks) Install Flash Drive. This was important to me because the 2011 mini's Internet Recovery prompts a 10.7 (Lion) download. After the prep work was done, I installed my new hardware using the iFixit guide and Dual Drive Kit.

Once the SSDs were installed, I booted from the flash drive; formatted the "Lower" Bay (Original HDD Location); and installed 10.9. After the install had completed and I had finished with all Apple's software updates, the first third party app I installed was Trim Enabler. I decided to do this because unless you buy your SSD directly from Apple, you need to force the OS to enable TRIM. (You can also do this manually by using Console.)

Still with me? Now for the Windows 8.1 Pro install! Unfortunately, I do not have a external Disc Drive for my mini, and so I had to resort to borrowing a friend's Windows computer to download the Windows 8.1 Pro ISO from Microsoft. (Do NOT download a Windows ISO from anywhere other than Microsoft... It's a really, really bad idea!)

After I had the ISO on my friend's PC, I copied it over to my mini, and I used Boot Camp Assistant to help me through my Windows install. With Boot Camp Assistant, I was able to select the "Upper" Bay SSD as my Windows install location. After that was done, I used Bootcamp and the same Flash Drive that I had previously used as a 10.9 Install drive to create a Windows 8.1 Pro Install drive. Bootcamp Assistant automates this process by recompiling the ISO so it's bootable on a Mac. Additionally, Bootcamp Assistant loads the latest Windows drivers onto the Flash Drive so you don't have to worry about making a separate drive/disc for that purpose.

Finally, I used Bootcamp Assistant to initiate the install. The mini reboots and installs Windows in much the same way as it installs OS X from a flash drive. The only thing you have to remember during this period is that you need to format the BOOTCAMP partition to NTFS. Once that is done, it's smooth sailing.

Hopefully this will help someone out there! Enjoy!!!

My Problem

I wanted to replace the existing hard drive with a SSD and then keep the original drive as a back up.

My Fix

The upgrade went fine. Instructions were perfect. Followed them and everything worked out great.

My Advice

Take your time. The items in there are very small. Don't force anything. Even if one piece is off my just a little (and I mean just a little), it will not fit back together.

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My Problem

The stock 500GB was filling with photos, movies, and music.

My Fix

The take down was quite easy. Like others, I had some challenges getting the bottom drive to seat in place.

My Advice

I used the iFixit tool kit, which was a lifesaver! The splunger (sp.) was integral to getting those tiny cords in and out of places. I spent an unnecessary amount of time connecting the power supply to the logic board and seating the bottom HDD into place. To help get the HDD into place, I had it in the neighborhood, connected the Airport antenna, and put that in place. Starting the screws from the Airport to the HDD finalized the seating of the drive in its place.

My Problem

i wanted to add a SSD

My Fix

The IR connector came up off logic board and I pried under the wires and even in spite of that it still came off logic board

My Advice

be super duper careful when removing IR connection from logic board or maybe even better just dont take it loose and do the SSD replacement without even taking this connection loose -- or sliding the logic board all the way out

My Problem

Just wanted selective boot between native OSX and vmware ESXi (as virtualized infrastructure) on my mini

My Fix

smooth baby ~ smoooooth! ^__^

I got so much enjoy doing this, thanks for well prepared guide dude.

My Advice

For the geeks out there who planning to do this - Follow the guide doesn't ruin your fun (trust me, I'm one among geek too!)

For not so geek ppl out there as well - The guide will cover you (and you mini) pretty good, just keep calm and follow the guide carefully

Also in the step to put back 1st HDD back in place, i've found out 1 simple tip to make it easier. Just tilt your mini in the way that mount hole is at the bottom (so you just have to aim and let gravity help in put HDD down to mount hole) :)

My Problem

I wanted to put a SSD in my mac mini and put the 500gb disk in as a secondary disk.

My Fix

There were no problems during the operation :) This product is one of the best I have bought online ever! Great stuff!

After my own Mac Mini was fixed, I suggested the same operation for a friend, and he performed it while i was guiding him, and his also works perfect :)

My Advice

No.. It all worked out beautifully ;)