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

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.

My Problem

Pumping upgrades into the Mac Mini right from the start. Wanted a Fusion Drive using a 128GB Samsung SSD and the base 1TB HDD as well as swap RAM up to 16GB.

My Fix

Great, can't get once screw in on the Wifi antenna plate, but it's not entirely needed to function.

My Advice

Remember, take your time, have a clean work area where you can reference the instructions when needed.

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My Problem

would fall asleep watching my mac's progress bar at bootup

My Fix

easy, with the ifixit guide on my iPad and

the dual drive kit.

My Advice

1. make sure you have a current time machine backup for restoring to the new drive. (i wanted the new ssd drive to be the startup drive and wanted to copy all apps to it. including server)

2. format the new drive after installing it, so time machine can see it as a drive in it's 'restore to' list.

3. pick the new drive as the startup drive in the 'startup disk' control panel

3. be patient reinstalling the circuit bd. cables and the antenna wire. they're delicate.

4. the guides and parts are excellent at ifixit, and it's a great company. so glad they are willing to put those surf boards down long enough to help us out!

My Problem

Add a larger hard drive to mac mini

My Fix

The kit from ifixit installed easily. The instructions, for the most part were excellent. The drive fit perfectly, and booted up properly.

My Advice

I would like to add a very important note to the instructions. When I tried to remove the fan to main board connector, I pulled on it the wrong way, and broke the connector on the main board. I know your instructions say lift the connector, but a more detailed photo, as available on other websites would have saved the day. Those little pins on the main board are really hard to solder back on. LOL.

My Problem

No problem, but detach cable is a little difficult.

My Fix

There is no problem and difficult thing.

I added SSD and made a Fusion drive.

My Advice

Before taking your job, I recommend you watch and check the repair video thru Youtube.

My Problem

To add a second hard drive, to my mac mini. Installed a 128 GB SSD to run the OS, and set up as a home server.

My Fix

Repair went perfectly.

My Advice

Make sure the top hard drive sits correctly into the back with the brackets on the drive. only trick part when putting back together.

My Problem

I like to expand my Mac with an optonal hdd

My Fix

Easy. The instrction was easy to follow.

My Advice

Make a system so you remember where to put everything.

My Problem

I wanted to add an SSD for the operating system but also wanted to keep my original 1TB drive with all my data on it as well.

My Fix

I followed the ifixit 2011 repair guide and it was almost 100% accurate. One small error I found was a screw in step 3 needed to be removed from the fan on bottom right corner of the fan. This also meant that the screw in step 14 circled yellow was already removed in step 3 and did not need to be removed. It stumped me at first before realizing this. Another bump in the road was the new SSD i mounted as the new drive had it's cable pop off the drive after seating everything and closing everything back up. I turned on the Mac and the drive was not recognized. My heart sank. Upon opening it all back up again, i saw that the SATA cable was partially off. This time i took iFixit's advice and taped the SATA cable with black electrical tape onto the drive so it could not pop off. This time the mac mini detected the new SSD.

My Advice

Tape the new hard drive SATA cable to the drive with black electrical tape to keep the cable from popping off the drive. Dedicating the OSX operating system drive an SSD will make your mac mini fly. It's such an improvement I can't even compare it to night and day. Its better than night and day. I used a 120GB kingston hyper-x SSD with the iFixit duel hard drive kit. So happy. Make sure you get the motherboard removal tool or you will not be able to pull the MB out of the case. Dont buy the Kingston SSD Now drives. They have ultra slow controllers on them. Not worth the money.

My Problem

I had an SSD laying around in an old laptop, so I figured I'd put it back to use and install it into my Mac Mini, ideally configuring it as a fusion drive just to speed the MM up while not being forced to micromanage its storage.

My Fix

Hardware wise, great. The inside of the MM is tight, but its about as easy as you could expect the installation to be considering. Software, another story. Creating the Fusion drive using command line that you can find on the internet or YouTube is easy as could be. For some reason though, Yosemite won't complete either a fresh install or a Time Machine backup on the newly created Fusion Drive. Both get hung up on the last screen - for the TM backup, that screen is "Success. Restarting your computer," while on the fresh install its the "Setting up your Mac" screen. Still trying to sort it out.

My Advice

Hardware - Don't be threatened by this install. It is pretty simple considering how completely you deconstruct the computer.

Software - The jury is still out on this one.