Installing a Second Hard Drive in Your 2011 Mac Mini

Users can install a second hard drive in non-Server models of the new Mac Mini, according to MacRumors forum member Slyseekr. iFixit's teardown of the new Mac Mini released last month revealed enough room -- and an extra SATA port -- for a second hard drive to be installed, assuming one found the proper cable.


Slyseekr found that cable for $49 shipped, disassembled his Mac Mini, and installed a second hard drive, saving himself hundreds of dollars off the Server model. Step-by-step instructions are available on the MacRumors Forums.

The standard disclaimers apply of course: this is not an Apple-approved upgrade and may void your warranty, but a number of our readers have reported successful upgrades.

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41 months ago
Kind of sad that being able to add a harddrive to your computer is somehow amazing...:confused:
Rating: 7 Votes
41 months ago
Better yet:
Buy 2010 chassis. Buy cable. Gut your 2011 Mac Mini and reassemble it using the 2010 chassis. Install optical drive the same way. PROFIT.
Rating: 3 Votes
41 months ago
nice! now lets get to the ram...
Rating: 2 Votes
41 months ago

Kind of sad that being able to add a harddrive to your computer is somehow amazing...:confused:


Or is it worse that the cable alone cost $50.
Rating: 2 Votes
41 months ago

You can get a quad-core mini, just that is bundled with a second 500 GB HDD, a 4 GB RAM upgrade and the $50 Lion Server package.

If you configure the quad-core version and the 2.5 GHz version with the same drive set, they both cost the same. Essentially you trade quad-core + server add-on vs. higher CPU speed + better graphic card.

(You also trade quad-core vs. cheaper way to add memory and drives yourself.)


A lot of people would probably go for the quad-core server model as a high-end mini if it didn't have such a terrible graphics card. I want to see someone retrofit the quad-core server with the better graphics card in the old mini enclosure since it would have more room to fit it all! Or maybe even the standard enclosure but with only one hard drive plus the graphics card. Now is that possible?
Rating: 1 Votes
41 months ago
Video for adding 2nd hard drive to mini:
http://www.techdc.com/2011-mac-mini-hard-drive-upgrade-video
Rating: 1 Votes
41 months ago

A lot of people would probably go for the quad-core server model as a high-end mini if it didn't have such a terrible graphics card. I want to see someone retrofit the quad-core server with the better graphics card in the old mini enclosure since it would have more room to fit it all! Or maybe even the standard enclosure but with only one hard drive plus the graphics card. Now is that possible?


Well, we may have something soon that may fix that:

http://www.macrumors.com/2011/08/01/external-thunderbolt-pci-expansion-chassis-and-hub-in-development/
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41 months ago


Pretty crappy. But it is because Apple wants to force us into there higher end/more profitable machines.


yet if apple doesn't upgrade, you complain about how out of date the computer is. Apple updates their computers typically when there have been significant upgrades in the technology.

I think its a fine business model. I mean if you really wanted you could still find the old models lingering around at some stores, or discounted used.
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41 months ago

Kind of sad that being able to add a harddrive to your computer is somehow amazing...:confused:


Kind of sad that trolling on Mac forums is worth your time, and makes you happy ;)

Rob
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41 months ago

Kind of sad that being able to add a harddrive to your computer is somehow amazing...:confused:


What's amazing is that you've got FreeNAS 24TB.
I mean how much porn do you store in your NAS? ;)

You a movie editor or something?
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