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Mac mini Mid 2011

Installing Mac mini Mid 2011 Dual Hard Drive Kit

Installing Mac mini Mid 2011 Dual Hard Drive Kit

2 - 4 uren


Mijn probleem

My Mac Mini drive bays were only half full; I fixed that by adding an SSD.

Mijn oplossing

The repair was relatively easy, but tedious--be sure to work slowly and carefully (but easily and tediously). It's a bit annoying that you have to disassemble the whole machine JUST to add a hard drive...I mean, I guess it's a marvel of miniaturized engineering, but still...couldn't they have made it a marvel of miniaturized engineering WITH THE DRIVE BAYS IN FRONT...?

Anyway, my point is...it's easy, but it takes a lot of steps and it takes a lot of time.

Mijn advies

1) Note and remember how the WiFi antenna is attached to your motherboard, because mine was slightly different than pictured on here, and not easy to find.

2) The ribbon cable that connects the driver controller to the motherboard...I don't get why all the folding was necessary. It ended up not being really necessary. Or helpful. In fact, it was a bit confusing. All you need to know (and do), really, is to make sure the ribbon cable sits between the drives nicely, so that the ribbon connector can be seated firmly into the motherboard connector...all of the rest of the folding and positioning and whatnot seemed superfluous.

Otherwise, it pretty much went according to the guide...thanks for that!

One thing that I did which helped me, maybe others might find it helpful too...you remove a lot of screws and small parts as a result of this (and other similar) upgrades, so I got a small plastic box with divided sections (you can find them in the tools department at Home Depot, or you can use a Pill Box that has sections for pills to be taken on Mon/Tue/Wed/etc.)...anyway, as you complete each step of the guide, you can put the parts that you remove into a different section (you could even add a post it with the step # to the section)...then, when you're reassembling, as you go back to each step, you can quickly/easily find the screws that were involved in that step.

Mac mini Dual Drive Kit afbeelding
Mac mini Dual Drive Kit


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