A unibody aluminum generation of the Mac Mini identifiable by the model number A1347, spanning the Mid 2010 to the currently sold Late 2014 model.

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Do I have the right hard drive replacement for Mac Mini?

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I wanted to replace the hard drive on the Mac min A1347. The original hard drive is a Hitachi 500GB 2.5inch

HDD: 5K500 B-500 C P/N H2T500854S SATA

which has only 2 sets of pins on the connector

I ordered a replacement hard drive which is a Toshiba

500GB 5400 RPM 2.5 inch hard drive Part#IF107-060-1 which has 3 sets of pins on the connector and the original cable will not fit tightly since the cable has only 2 connections. After booting up the hard disk was not recognized at all as a device, so I can't even format it.

Did I order the right replacement hard drive?

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Can you take a hires picture of the connector area of your drive and the cable you are having trouble with so we can see things.

Your drive you have spec'ed is a SATA II (3 Gb/s) so it should work in this system which is also SATA II (3 Gb/s) and the spec sheet for it states its a 9.5 height drive so it should fit without any issues.

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The third block is a jumper block for adjustments (far left pins) and is not used by your systems SATA interconnection (data & power).

You sill might need to place a jumper across these pins if the SATA speed needs adjustment (depending on which version of Mac Mini you have).

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Your machine may have a 6 GB/s bus and the drive you got has only a 3 GB/s. What are the last three figures of your serial number?

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The serial number of the machine is C07FV06VDD6L

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Mac mini "Core 2 Duo" 2.66 (Mid-2010) - Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)

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Check step #19 of this guide and see if yours looks the same. Also please give us the model number on the new drive. Mac Mini Mid 2010 Hard Drive Replacement

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I upload 3 photos, the first one is the original Hitachi drive with 2 groups of pins, the second one is the replacement Toshiba one with 3 groups of pin. The third photo is the disk cable with 2 connectors.

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The small pin header on the left is for the factory and to adjust the SATA I/O speed. IT is not used by the SATA data & power connector of your system.

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