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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 9

9. Logic flies out the mini

After the preceding steps the logic board will now slide easily free of its metal jacket. Note that both memory cards can be left in place for this operation. The black L-shaped pieces on the circuit board are heat pipes to conduct heat away from the CPU and graphics chip, toward the cooling fan and exhaust slot.

Mac mini upgrade step 10

10. Rotate to release

The PSU is held in place by just one screw, easy to identify with the logic board removed. But first, you must remove the figure-eight mains socket. A tiny hairclip-style retainer slides out, allowing this socket to rotate 90 degrees anti-clockwise and be teased out. The whole PSU itself can be liberated easily after this by drawing out through the chassis.

Mac mini upgrade step 11

11. You’ve been framed

One final screw is all that remains and then the upper-drive frame can be removed. This occupies the space originally populated by an optical drive when the unibody Mac mini was first designed. Apple had always allowed for a second hard drive here, in the Mac mini server edition, and the mounting holes are just waiting for your second drive.

Mac mini upgrade step 12

12. Cracking good job, grommet

The new upper-position hard drive (or SSD) is held in place by four rubber grommets and set screws, supplied in the kit. Insert each of the grommets into existing holes around the sides of the frame. Attach the custom SATA ribbon cable from the kit onto the bare drive. The SATA edge connector is asymmetric so it cannot be inserted the wrong way.

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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