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iFixit Mac Mini Dual Hard Drive Kit review

$69.95 plus postage

Manufacturer: iFixit

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Add a second hard drive or an SSD to the Apple Mac mini (Mid 2011) with the iFixit Mac Mini Dual Hard Drive Kit.

Mac mini upgrade step 5

5. Prepare to slide

The logic board is almost ready to be removed from its aluminium armour. Sliding out the logic board is tricky because of the resistance you must overcome from clips around the back panel. But before this most satisfying of stages, don’t forget to remove the one remaining screw that secures the board, near the cooling vents.

Mac mini upgrade step 6

Mac mini upgrade step 6

6. All tooled up

For this stage, you’ll need the customised tool that iFixit provides in the kit – a U-shaped wire that slips into two special holes that the Apple design team thoughtfully included for this task. Insert the tool until the ends touch the inside of the chassis, then carefully ease the tempered wire back towards you. 

Mac mini upgrade step 7

7. Spring into action

The logic board should now be loose from a number of spring clips all around the black plastic back plate. It may help to stand the mini upright and continue to ease the board, carefully, so it stands clear of all these clips. And when rebuilding later, ensure that none of the clips are misaligned.

Mac mini upgrade step 8

8. Release the power

Now's a good time to lift out the existing lower drive. The unibody Mac mini has an integral power supply, an 85W Delta Electronics switch-mode power supply unit (PSU) that lives down the right-hand edge when viewed from the front. This provides all power to the mini through a 9-pin connector – this sits between the lower drive and the memory. With the main board now partially removed, it’s possible to disconnect this by hand.

iFixit Mac Mini Dual Hard Drive Kit Expert Verdict »
Requires Apple Mac mini 2.33, 2.5, or 2.7 GHz 2011 (Model A1347)
kit includes custom SATA ribbon cable, 4 x T6 set screws, 4 x rubber mounting grommets, logic board extraction tool, plastic spudger, Torx driver set
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The iFixit Mac Mini Dual Hard Drive Kit provides the essential components and the tools you need to upgrade your Mac mini to dual-drive status. The process is perhaps not for the faint-hearted, but iFixit provides clear online instructions and even a video to help you on your way. The key part, the SATA ribbon cable, is good for SATA 6Gbps operation, enabling scorching performance when used with an SSD.

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