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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Why is the HD wrapped in a black cover?

The hard drive in the Mac Mini 2011 comes wrapped in a black paper or plastic cover. Why? What purpose does it serve?

Most importantly, is it necessary to wrap a replacement-SSD in this cover? Thanks!

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This is to protect the circuit board from shorting

A SSD board is internal, so it is unneeded, keep the old drive on hand and leave it on that drive

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There is no thermal sensor on the hard drive in the mid 2011 Mac Mini.

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