Mac mini 1 TB Dual Hard Drive Upgrade

March 6, 2009 Hardware — Kyle Wiens

We learned that the Mac mini can handle two internal hard drives if you remove the optical drive! We wrote instructions for swapping out the optical drive for a second hard drive, and posted instructions for doing the Mac mini dual hard drive upgrade.

Two hard drives in a mini

Two hard drives in a mini

Our step-by-step guide shows how to:

  1. Swap out the existing hard drive for a 500 GB drive.
  2. Remove the optical drive and install another new 500 GB drive in its place.
  3. Enable Remote Disc to share the optical drive of a nearby Mac or PC.
930 GB available space!

930 GB available space!

Terabyte Mac mini hard drive upgrade

Terabyte Mac mini hard drive upgrade

Swapping in a second hard drive for the optical drive is pretty easy. We put a kit together that includes everything you need. (Almost– some basic soldering is required to connect the power cables.) The kit is just $249.95.

Our terabyte Mac mini hard drive upgrade kit includes:

  • Two 500 GB, 5400 RPM 2.5″ SATA hard drives
  • 15 pin SATA power to 4 pin power cable
  • 6 pin SATA power and 7 pin SATA data to 4 pin power and 7 pin SATA data cable
  • Putty knife
  • #0 Phillips screwdriver
  • Step-by-step instructions online

This kit is available immediately. Now go max out your mini!


  1. As the SATA drives are hot pluggable I would suggest a mod that adds an external SATA connector to the Mac mini. You flip a switch and the internal optical SATA drive is disabled and the external connector is active.

    Does the MacBook Air external CD drive maybe work with the Mac mini?

    Comment by lud — March 6, 2009 @ 8:15 am

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  3. Sometimes it’s really that simple, isn’t it? I feel a little stupid for not thinking of this myself/earlier, though.

    Comment by Anna-Kaas — July 29, 2009 @ 1:18 pm

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