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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I'd like to add a DVD drive.

In an effort to "add" a DVD drive to the mid-2011 Mac Mini, it seems that one might be able to put the guts of the new mid-2011 into the chassis of the previous generation. The speed of the mid-2011 with the DVD of the previous generation. Anyone know if this is possible?

I'm good with remote DVD sharing, I just want the mid-2011 Mac Mini to be the one with the DVD that everyone shares.

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Already asked today: Can a 2011 Mac Mini fit in a 2010 case?

Of course Apple wants you to buy their external DVD drive: http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC684Z...

Personally I've been using a LaCie firewire drive for years, this one is both USB and Firewire: http://store.apple.com/us/product/TV638V...

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I'm not sure if putting the drive itself in the computer is the biggest obstacle. Cutting a slot in the case to slide the discs in, though, would be a doozy. Inside the machine looks very similar to the previous generation, and the only thing that might need modification in there is the plastic framework that holds the IR board/sensor.

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I'd like to use the previous generation chassis with DVD slot already cut. Does the main board fit?

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The boards have the same form factor, but some mounting locations are different. You should be able to fit a 2011 logic board with the 2011 speaker and Wi-Fi board inside the 2010 case. The only question is if it will be all be compatible.

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