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Released on July 21, 2011. Core i5 or Core i7 Processor. Thunderbolt. This unit is also used to run the Mac mini Server configuration.

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Unable to use secondary drive (Solid State Drive)

Hello, having an issue with my Mac mini. It has a dual drive setup. Previously two hard drives but secondary drive was swapped with a ssd. However for the secondary drive, it will not allow me to mount, erase, first aid or restore the drive. My first assumption was that the hdd was failing until I swapped this secondary hdd with a new ssd (which I know works fine) and the same thing happened (will not allow me to mount, erase, first aid or restore drive). I am thinking the SATA cable to the secondary drive may be faulty. What do yous think??

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Very likely!

The ribbon cables are not very forgiving around the folds as well as the connector points. I’ve had to replace a few in the Mac Mini’s. Don’t go crazy with tight folds I also find I often need some double stick tape to help hold things as you can also damage the cable as you slide the case on or off.

I would recommend you replace both as its just less work to do it than having to re-open the system as you did the wrong cable ;-{

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