Released on October 23, 2012. Core i5 or Core i7 Processor. Apple Fusion Drive.

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correct hard to install in mini?

I am upgrading my standard hard drive with a samsung ssd 850, and at the same time want to add a second drive with more capacity. I purchased the Segate Backup Plus Slim and it looks like this drive is smaller than standard "laptop" hard drives. Will it still mount correctly on the bracket? My iFixit kit arrives shortly..


I'll clarify. I've opened the case of the seagate backup plus slim with hopes that I can install it as a secondary drive opposite my ssd drive that will have Yosemite on it. Is it the right size or did I get the wrong size hard drive to install inside the mini?


Its model number is samsung ST2000LM003


Actually the usb port easily pulled off, exposing the SATA connection. It ended up installing fine. Interestingly this drive cost $87 while bare bones 2.5 in 2tb drives were around $150. So my final setup is using my 500gb stock mac mini drive as an external, and using a samsung evo ssd 1tb ($300) and the 2tb seagate as internal drives. Doesn't seem to get hotter than when there was one drive.

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As long as its a 2.5 hard drive you should be fine and remember you want to wipe this hard drive clean .It will probably have seagates backup program for PC on it and that could cause issue in a mac


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What you have in the seagate backup plus slim is an external hard drive. It is meant to be connected via usb this is going to be to large to go into your machine unless you want to remove the hard drive from the outer case . What you actually need is a bare bones 2.5 hard drive or ssd, you can use your original drive for storage and put your OS on the ssd. then use the easgate as extra external storage. Hope this helps .

in case you haven't already seen it this could be handy for your install

Installing Mac Mini Late 2012 Dual Hard Drive Kit

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Hold on here! The external Seagate HD can't be used as a drive for your mini. Unlike a barebones HD this drive has a built in USB port logic on it with no SATA connection. the other fact here if you happen to have an early model that has the daughter board the drive is also encrypted! It's best just to buy a new barebones drive.


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