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

Installed a SSD to run OS off of, faster boot/load times.

My Fix

The tear down was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I did have to do all the steps because the SSD was becoming the boot drive and the old Hard drive (1TB) is just for storage. The mini is mostly used as a server storage for my wife and I. Tho my son has started to play some games on it(Roblox, team fortress).

My Advice

Read threw the tear down directions step by step before you start. Will make it all easier.

My Problem

I installed the dual drive kit in my mac mini. Everything went great and the instructions were so thorough! thankfully... there are so many steps.

My Fix

It went well other than the simplest part at the end... my ram! one of the plastic spring holsters on the bottom slot snapped off. I don't know if I was just not being careful or it had been replaced one too many times, as I had bought the machine used, but luckily the ram is maxed out and I was able to get it in seemingly very secure. I don't think I'll ever be taking this apart again.

My Advice

just be careful every step of the way. when things dont feel like they are going to budge, sometimes they just need extra force. i.e. the battery, the logic board, etc. but of course feel it out with care.

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My Problem

I have a 2014 Mac Mini with a 256 PCIe-based flash storage that loads up fast, but has no storage.

My Fix

I added an external 1TB miniStack, but it was a pain to keep moving things around. So I picked up a WD Black 750GB 7200 RPM (WD7500BPKX) and the ifixit dual drive kit & TR6 torx security screwdriver (that I did not need-the T6 in the kit had the security hole cut in to it). I followed the tear down instructions and used the SATA hard drive cable that fit like a glove. Not sure if they changed the kit to have the T6 security bit, or I got an odd ball:)

My Advice

It went very easy, but I had to do a little learning on how to create a fusion drive out of them. I found the instructions online and after setting up a 32GB thumb drive with OSX on it to boot from, in order to use terminal to combine the two dives. I was up and running in a few hours (after restoring my back up from Time Machine) with both drives working as one. It now shows a 1TB fusion drive. Very happy with it.

My Problem

I wanted to install a second SSD in my MacMini (late 2012) Just because I could!!!!!

My Fix

The instructions are easy to follow. With patience and attention to detail, the upgrade went flawlessly.

My Advice

Don't be afraid to tackle this one. Just keep track of the screws and where they came from. Also, watch the rubber grommet around the power cord connection. It tends to come off when you slide out the board but if you put it right back on the way it came off there is no problem.

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My Problem

Had an extra 1TB SSHD laying around.

My Fix

Switched the 1TB as my main Hard Disk and added the original as the secondary. Since I use my mac mini as a server, it works great for backing up all my Macs at home

My Advice

Follow the guides carefully. Everything is explained throughly

My Problem

I wanted to speed up the Mac Mini by installing an SSD for the operating system and use the existing 1 TB disk for storage.

My Fix

The repair went well as described in the stepwise installation guide at Ifixit. The folding of the cable had to be modified to mount the SSD in the upper hard disk position. This was done by not folding it to go around the lower hard disk but in between the two disks. Unfortunately this configuration did not work properly. For some reason you must exchange the positions, or at least the connections for the SSD to work properly. It may be dependent on the type of SSD or the Ifixit cable, but I had to change the Ifixit cable to the standard hard drive and the Apple cable to the SSD for it to work properly.

My Advice

Ifixt might note that you might need to change the position or the cabling if you are installing an SSD. I put the SSD in the lower berth with the original Apple cable and the standard HD in the upper berth with the Ifixit cable and it seems to be working as it should.

My Problem

Upgrade

My Fix

Smooth

My Advice

keep up the good work

My Problem

Purchased an i7 quad core MacMini to replace giant gaming desktop that sat on the floor most of the time and took up space.

Original Mini had 4GBs of RAM and a 1 TB HD.

Bought the dual drive kit to replace primary drive with an SSD and keep the 1 TB as a secondary storage drive. Also upgraded the Mini to 16GBs of RAM.

My Fix

The repair was great. Teardown was the easiest part all instructions were great there. Reassembly takes some thinking. At first the plastic piece that holds the drive looks like it is already upgraded with the dual drive kit. You must replace the rubber grommets as the ones for the dual drive kit are much smaller allowing the bottom drive to be held in by the two grommets closets to the logic board then allowing the second drive to sit on top in the two grommets close the the case.

Replacement was a moderate one but fun.

My Advice

Many pieces of advice all of which is after disassembly.

Dual Drive Kit

As mentioned above the iFixit website does not show you how to seat the second drive in the case so that it fits snug. This takes some finagling to get seated properly. You want to ensure that the second (top) drive is as far back as it can go, screw in the standoffs as close as possible on the side of the drive. Also not mentioned is the standoffs that sit in the grommets the bottom drive needs to them on the left side. If the drive is correct the SATA connectors will be on the same side as the Airport/Bluetooth cards.

The plastic piece will hold both of the drives, the lower drive will be held closet to the logic board and the top drive will be held closet to the case.

Ribbon Cables

Make sure you bend the Ribbon/SATA Cables before putting the new drive in. The cables should be able to both fit on the board with both drives in the case. Note the bottom drive must be connected or at least out and the top drive should sit right on top if you have bent the cable correctly.

The GRATE!!!

This was the most complicated part to get back into place. Apple and their little crafty design makes this difficult to fit back in and I don't believe there is a special tool so I am sure that the techs/geniuses that work on these love them. There are lots of videos online to show exactly what I mean because you will see that when you set the grate on top of the drives it will not seat on both screw holes properly. If your drives are not correctly in the grate will not sit flush on the edges at all. I will admit I had to use my wife for creativity. She tied a piece of ribbon from a ballon around the middle of the grate and was able to ever so slightly get it to pop into the double edge on the case by pulling up as shown in videos online. easy because the same amount of pressure is applied to both sides.

My Problem

The default 5400RPM Mac mini hdd was painfully slow. So I replaced it with an SSD and a larger HDD for giggles. *!&$!&$^ that ^!&$@*%%$%*^ is fast now.

My Fix

Easy af!

My Advice

Take lots of pictures and be gentle but firm.

My Problem

Well, i bought my mac mini back in 2012 and I love it, I have two 24' monitors which give me an amazing experience, the 1tb hd was too slow usually it took me 1min just to boot my macmini, with the new ssd it only takes 15 sec, love it

My Fix

With the guide provide it ,it was pretty smooth, it took me 1hr approximately.

My Advice

When you take out the motherboard make sure all cables are

Disconnected