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

Warranty:

One year warranty

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

Warranty:

One year warranty

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

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.

My Problem

The Mac Mini was getting slower and I had already installed a SSD in my Macbook Pro so I knew a SSD would speed things up

My Fix

Well, good! It works wonderful as it should.

My Advice

Be careful, the bits are small and its easy to damage some of the smaller connectors. I'm not sure I would replace the hard drive more than twice.

Be sure to align the original hard drive (turn the chassis on the side and slide the hard drive down, it will fit two small holes inside the chassis) during reassembly before you fit the logic board. Otherwise just follow the guide, there and back again.

My Problem

Our Mac Mini came with a hard drive and was fast enough with one person using it, but not with 4 users, or even 2. We bought an SSD to give it a new, much faster life. Now, how to get that goodness in there!

My Fix

We bought the kit and my son followed the steps. I was surprised to see that he was already installing Yosemite when I got home and he had left for an appointment.

Before the SSD logging into my account with the apps I had running, especially the browser, took about 30 minutes. Now I'm ready to go to work in a minute or 2. :)

My Advice

1. The kit is definitely worth getting.

2. If you are going to make the SSD the boot drive, here are the instructions to do a recovery boot and install the OS: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201314

My Problem

My Mac Mini was glacial – especially when using iPhoto.

My Fix

Excellent! Now we have a second hard drive, an SSD, hosting both the OS and iPhoto.

My Advice

If you dad is an electronics wizard (like mine), let him do the actual work while you play the part of the anxious spectator.

My Problem

I simply wanted the benefits of a SSD—speed and dependability—no moving parts.

My Fix

When removing the logic board, I got ham-handed and knocked off a capacitor. I spent hours finding the cost of a new logic board, where I could find a replacement capacitor—exactly how much trouble I was in. Thank goodness I have a second Mac to facilitate this frantic behavior.

My Advice

I did find a source for the capacitor (Digi-Key in Minnesota) and discovered it's quite simple to solder it back on the board. And, for some reason, my Mac Mini is running just fine without the capacitor. I'll put a new one on anyway.

ADVICE: 1) Never, ever force anything. If it's not moving there's a reason. 2) Do your best to avoid panic. Things may not be as bad they seem.

RESULT: My Mac Mini running off its new SSD is now snappy and happy.

My Problem

I had installed a 500GB SSD in place of the original HDD. A few days later I realized I could put the HDD back in the mini as additional storage.

My Fix

The upgrade went flawlessly.

My Advice

You don't have to actually unplug the WiFi antenna. You can set it aside and then snake it out of the case when you remove the main board.

My Problem

Upgrading Hard Drives from 1 500GB to 2 1TB Drives

My Fix

Smoothly

My Advice

Follow directions and everything should work right!

My Problem

Needed extra storage as the primary SSD was filling up.

My Fix

Instructions were great! Went very smoothly.

My Advice

The Mac Mini Dual Drive Kit includes the Mac Mini Logic Board Removal Tool so no need to buy it separately.

My Problem

I wanted to add an SSD to boot from so that everything would run faster than the original 500 GB 5400 RPM HD.

My Fix

The repair/upgrade was pretty easy. It takes some time if you've never done it before but it's pretty straight forward. The only issue I had was that my wifi antenna plate didn't fit perfectly snug with both hard drives in place. One of the screws going into the hard drive through the antenna plate wouldn't fit so I had to leave it out when reassembling the Mac Mini.

My Advice

Take your time! Try and do this in an open area where you have a decent amount of room to work. If you buy an SSD, you will have to reformat it before you can get your Mac Mini to restore the drive with your original drive.

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My Problem

My 2011 base-model Mac Mini (2.3GHz i5) was showing its age - or so I thought. I had replaced almost every other spinning platter hard drive with solid state drives, but this Mac Mini was my holdout. After looking up processor benchmarks and realizing that it should be every bit as fast as my 2011 MacBook Air (1.8GHz i7), I decided to take the plunge and add an SSD on top of the hard drive that it came with.

My Fix

Overall, the repair was pretty easy. I've pulled apart many Macs over the last fifteen years, and before that made side money by building and selling computers. The 2011 Mac Mini is pretty straightforward, especially with iFixIt's guide. The only finicky bit is getting the Airport antenna's holes to line up with the chassis, but this is a great indicator that you didn't do something quite right. After five minutes of re-working it, I had it sorted out. A clean install of Yosemite and this little hunk of aluminum is a screamer.

My Advice

The iFixit guide is pretty great, and they correctly point out that the Airport antenna is finicky. My advice is, make sure you get this right when putting it back together. It pays to take your time and not force it.