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adding ssd to mac mini mid 2011

by gillagher

My Problem

it was about time for my mac mini to get a ssd upgrade

My Fix

I was a little scared being a "medium" difficulty guide but with the tools and the ssd already bought I followed each steps and more or less survived through it. I think the two most difficult steps where:

removing and putting back the power supply (the connector that needs to be turned 90ª right into the slot and then adding the metal clip is somewhat tricky.

The hardest part is by far putting back the antenna plate. When restoring the HD, make sure you test this antenna plate goes in place before continuing with the next steps.

One more thing: I actually had bought a mini SSD so I had to buy an adapter for it (without case). I have installed this SSD without any kind of fixing it to the plastic matrix. I will make sure I handle this mac mini with care.

My Advice

After connecting the new SSD to the empty bay I tried to follow the steps that recommend making a fresh install with Lion internet recovery. This process got stuck the 3 times I tried. So I googled for other options and found that I you clone your former HD with Carbon Copy Cloner, fix the permissions with disk utility and then make the SSD the bootable drive, everything goes fine. I used this tutorial: https://discussions.apple.com/message/22...