Installing a Second Hard Drive in Your 2011 Mac Mini

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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.

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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.

Top Rated Comments

WiiDSmoker Avatar
124 months ago
Kind of sad that being able to add a harddrive to your computer is somehow amazing...:confused:
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Prodo123 Avatar
124 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.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
neech7 Avatar
124 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.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
winston1236 Avatar
124 months ago
nice! now lets get to the ram...
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
flipples Avatar
123 months ago
Video for adding 2nd hard drive to mini:
http://www.techdc.com/2011-mac-mini-hard-drive-upgrade-video
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ksgant Avatar
124 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:

https://www.macrumors.com/2011/08/01/external-thunderbolt-pci-expansion-chassis-and-hub-in-development/
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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