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SSD upgrade of Mac Mini (mid 2011) 2.7GHz

rwidebrant -

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

Not a problem per se but rather a wish for greater speed and efficiency.

I wanted my Mac Mini to have a little bit better performance than the standard 500GB 5400rpm hard drive could provide. However, Apples prices for upgrading to SSD were ridiculously high. Therefore I opted for installing a Corsair Force Series GT 90GB SSD myself.

Mijn oplossing

As is common with Apple products, the Mac Mini was very nice to work with. I hardly needed to consult the iFixit guide more than a couple of times.

There were only 2 things I found tricky with the upgrade. The first was trying to reposition the original HDD in it's grommets, glued to the chassis. This came about as a result of there being less space to maneuver after I'd installed the SSD as well as a very tricky viewing angle in order to see the grommets at all.

The second problem i didn't realize until well after the installation was complete. As i went to put the Mini in its proper place on my desk i heard the sound of some small metal part being lose inside the chassis. After opening it up again i found that it was the "AC-In socket retainer" that had fancied a bit of freedom and was running about freely in the Mini. After taking out the logic board again i could see that the retainer had been slightly widened and so could come lose at any time. I adjusted it and made sure it sat where it should and then reassembled everything.

Mijn advies

I'd like people to remember to make sure that the "AC-In socket retainer" actually remains where it's supposed to be. This isn't too difficult, just pull on it slightly after clamping it back on to see that it doesn't just fall out.

Also a few good things to remember when installing an SSD. Seeing as most who do so will want to install Mac OS on it it's a good idea to be sure how to do this before you start installing your new drive. A second thing that is quite important is to install some sort of TRIM enabling software¹ as Apple only activates TRIM² for the SSDs they install themselves.

Lastly, good luck and keep on fixing!




Mac mini Dual Drive Kit afbeelding
Mac mini Dual Drive Kit


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