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Announced on October 16, 2014, identifiable by the model number A1347 and EMC 2840.

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Adding SSD Drive to PCIe model

Can anyone assist with what parts I would need to add an SSD to a Mac Mini 2014 that came with a PCIe 512 GB drive?

I'd like to make it a dual drive setup, but can't confirm what part is needed to do so. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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If you already have the PCIe SSD then you're adding a SATA drive (either a HD or a SSD) You'll need the to follow this IFIXIT guide Mac mini Late 2014 Hard Drive Cable Replacement and need this part & tool kit: Mac mini Dual Drive Kit. Be careful here! The size of the drive needs to physically fit (12 mm is about it).

If you have a SATA HD already then you'll want this: either the drive carrier with the SSD cable mounted Hard Drive Carrier w/ SSD Flex Cable - Apple P/N 076-00040 or the cable its self Cable, SSD Flex - Apple P/N 076-00018

Here's the IFIXIT guides:

Mac mini Dual Drive Kit Image

Product

Mac mini Dual Drive Kit

$26.99

Mac mini Late 2014 PCIe SSD Cable Image

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Mac mini Late 2014 PCIe SSD Cable Replacement

Difficulty:

Moderate

Mac mini Late 2014 Hard Drive Cable Image

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Mac mini Late 2014 Hard Drive Cable Replacement

Difficulty:

Moderate

1 hour

Mac mini Late 2014 Drive Tray Image

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Mac mini Late 2014 Drive Tray Replacement

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Moderate

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Dan, If I already have a fusion drive in there will I need any of these replacement parts, or can I just substitute the respective PCIe and 2.5 inch drives for the existing ones?

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You'll need to make a full backup before doing anything.

First step is to break the Fusion Drive following this How to split up a Fusion Drive.

And yes, all of the needed hardware sans the replacement drive/s is present.

But before you jump what is your goals here?

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When adding a HDD to a PCIe SSD only 2014 mini, which HDD cable do you need? (1) the mini dual drive cable, or (2) the upper SATA cable?

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