Mac Mini Dual Drive Kit

$29.95 Was $69.95
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Product code: IF171-005
Apple Part #: 922-9560, 076-1391

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Mac Mini Dual Drive Kit

$29.95 Was $69.95
You save $40.00!

Product code: IF171-005
Apple Part #: 922-9560, 076-1391

Product Overview

Server-size your Mac Mini for less.

  • All Mac Minis support two hard drives—don't pay the Apple premium for an expensive Mac Mini server when you can use our kit to make one yourself and save money.
  • This kit includes all the tools and hardware you need to install a second drive in your Mac Mini. Select the Complete Kit if you need all the tools, or select the No Tools option if you already have the required spudger, T6, and T8 screwdrivers.

Compatibility

  • 2.3, 2.5, or 2.7 GHz 2011 Mac Minis (Model A1347)
  • 2.3, 2.5, or 2.6 GHz 2012 Mac Minis (Model A1347)

Product Details

$29.95 Complete Kit

 

Condition:

New

Notes:

Kit Contents:

  • SATA Hard Drive Cable - connect your new drive to the logic board
  • Mounting Grommets - soft rubber grommets protect and dampen vibrations from your new hard drive
  • Mounting Screws - four set screws to safely secure your new drive
  • Logic Board Removal Tool - specialized for the Mini's unique logic board
  • 26 Bit Driver Kit - includes all of the screwdriver sizes you need for this upgrade, and equips you for tons of other repair jobs
  • Spudger - ESD safe tool for disconnecting cables, poking, and prying

$19.95 No Tools

 

Condition:

New

Notes:

Kit Contents:

  • SATA Hard Drive Cable - connect your new drive to the logic board
  • Mounting Grommets - soft rubber grommets protect and dampen vibrations from your new hard drive
  • Mounting Screws - four set screws to safely secure your new drive
  • Logic Board Removal Tool - specialized for the Mini's unique logic board
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Replacement Guides

Mac Mini Late 2012

Difficulty: Moderate

Mac Mini Mid 2011

Difficulty: Moderate

 

Product Details

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When we took apart the 2011 Mac Mini, we found the optical drive conspicuously absent. While few are bemoaning Apple's efforts to hasten the death of physical media, we were saddened that Apple didn't make better use of the extra space. Fear not, we've got a solution to bring your Mini back to the space-efficiency you'd expect in an Apple product.

You're free to install whatever combination of SSDs and/or spinning drives suits your fancy. Both drives are recognized as a regular internal drive and performance is identical in either position.

The Chef Recommends:

Don't have the newest Mac Mini? We have a solution to add a second drive to any Mac Mini:

 

Compatibility

Mac Mini Late 2012
2.3 GHz (Quad i7, Late 2012)
2.5 GHz (Dual i5, Late 2012)
2.6 GHz (Quad i7, Late 2012)
Mac Mini Mid 2011
2.3 GHz (Dual i5, Mid 2011)
2.5 GHz (Dual i5, Mid 2011)
2.7 GHz (Dual i7, Mid 2011)
 

Stories

My Problem

Mac Mini 2011 was slow when running Windows 7 on Parallels. I already added RAM, but the HDD was the problem. Thought I'd try an SSD instead of the HDD.

My Fix

Repair went smoothly and everything worked fine when I was finished. Parts and instructions are great if you follow then precisely. I accidently removed the wrong screw at one point which hd me scratching my head, but I went through the instructions again and found my mistake. Everything went well after that.

My Advice

Nothing to add to the comments on the iFixit site following the instructions.

My Problem

I wanted to turn my Mac Mini into a baby server. To be most effective I wanted it to have an SSD to boot from. So I decided to add an SDD drive and keep the existing disk drive for extra storage. I opted for the new Samsung EVO 850 Pro 512GB drive and it boots like a scared rabbit!

My Fix

The instructions were very complete and the installation went smoothly. I encountered only two problems, both of which were documented in the comments. The little clip that holds in the power cord just would not go back into place and I wound up leaving it out. The other issue was the wi-fi antenna grate....

My Advice

The grate that holds the wi-fi antenna would not quite fit back into place until I got a bent paperclip to pull "up" on the grate a little at the back as I pushed in the plate. Then it snapped into place perfectly. I got this tip from the comments listed on the site, so it really was a perfect install. I can't give enough praise to the iFixIt crew on their precision and care in creating these guides. It makes our job easy!

My Problem

Wanted to increase the internal HD storage of my Mac Mini

My Fix

No problems. I downloaded the instruction PDF onto my iPad. Sat at my workbench, with plenty of light (inside the Mac Mini parts are small and dark). Worked my way through the instructions step by step to the end. Then, worked my way back through the instructions to reassemble the Mac Mini. Plugged her in and she worked. Only step that didn't follow downloaded instructions was I had to format my drive. No big deal on that though.

My Advice

I took a white sheet of paper onto which I printed 2-inch X 2-inch squares, which I numbered 1, 2, 3, etc. As I removed screws I placed them on the squares in the order of the step I removed them.

Be sure to place the paper well outside of your immediate work area.

Then, as I retraced my steps to reassemble the Mac Mini I easily identified the screws (highest numbered square first).

Once you start up the Mac, the new SSHD is immediately seen. You should erase the drive which will format it and enable you to use.

Works like a champ!

My Problem

I have a late 2012 Mac Mini that was starting to show signs of age. It took a while to boot, applications were sluggish to load, etc. I actually had a SATA III SSD that I had originally bought to set up dual drives in a MacBook Pro, the the logic board couldn't power the SSD. I figured it was worth trying to load up in the Mini for a quick upgrade.

My Fix

After following the guide to replace the internal HDD with my SSD to make sure it'd work, following the instructions to install the dual drive kit was a breeze. My Mini is now running better than ever.

My Advice

If you're missing any small screwdriver bits, the iFixit essentials driver kit is fantastic. I've been meaning to get a T6 torx driver for ages, and now I have that and so much more.

My Problem

My iMac was getting too slow so I opted to buy a Mac Mini 2012 and upgrade its RAM and hard drive.

My Fix

It was fairly straight-forward. The IR sensor is more sensitive than noted on iFixit. The connector came right off the logic board. I am using my computer despite this. I am not able to use the remote nor can I see a green light when the computer is on. Another thing was that that the power bar at the end was hard to get out.

My Advice

I would mention that the IR sensor being soldered to the logic board is very delicate. It is known issue and many people have had issues with it coming off. For me, it was not the end of the world situation.

My Problem

Added an SSD to a Mac Mini to create a DIY fusion drive.

My Fix

The hardware upgrade was a cinch -- nice tools and instructions.

Re-imaging the Mac was a lot harder (not your fault -- I should have planned my software upgrade more carefully).

My Advice

Back up your disk first!

And build a really reliable OS on bootable external media.

My Problem

Added an SSD to a Mac Mini to create a DIY fusion drive.

My Fix

The hardware upgrade was a cinch -- nice tools and instructions.

Re-imaging the Mac was a lot harder (not your fault -- I should have planned my software upgrade more carefully).

My Advice

Back up your disk first!

And build a really reliable OS on bootable external media.

My Problem

I wanted to put a SSD into my 2011 Mac Mini, to speed up the boot time, and also just to learn something new (I love learning new things). The project looked straightforward and I had a 60gb SSD left over from another project. The iFixit kit was attractively priced, so I decided to go for it.

My Fix

It went very smoothly. I followed the instructions and looked carefully at the photos (increased the size of the image to make sure I was seeing what had to be done). I didn't have any of the problems people mentioned in the comments (maybe because I took time to read all the comments first). I think it took me about 45 minutes (I took a dinner break in the middle).

My Advice

Most of my repair and construction work has been on PCs, so I was accustomed to connectors that slide onto pins, rather than the Mac style of connector that snaps onto the pins. Mac style is definitely easier to deal with.

If you read the instructions carefully from beginning to end before you start, and if you read all the comments to see where other people have gotten stuck and how they solved their problems you'll do well. If I, a grandmother, can do it... anyone can. :)

OH! And buy a magnetic project mat along with the drive kit! You will be glad you did!

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My Problem

I wanted both a speedy SSD and a large hard drive in my new 2014 Mac Mini. The stock Apple fusion drive only uses a 128GB SSD and a slow 5400RPM hard drive, so I thought I could do better. I purchased my mini with a 512GB PCIe SSD and decided to add my own 1TB 7200RPM hard drive with the iFixIt dual drive kit.

My Fix

The teardown is very simple. I believe the bottom plate on the new mini is even easier to take off with the right tools since there is no funky WiFi cover wedged in at just the right angle. That was always the most difficult part. Now it's all one large piece. Thanks Apple! The hard drive and cable from the dual drive kit fit perfectly and the whole job took about 10 minutes.

My Advice

The tool list is short and sweet. I used the plastic opening tool to remove the bottom cover and the iFixIt TR6 Torx security screwdriver fits all the screws for this job.

My Problem

Added an SSD to the second hard drive spot.

My Fix

Went well. Far more simple than I expected.

My Advice

Make sure to appropriately place the first hard drive before inserting any other parts. It is very difficult to appropriately seed and keep in place.