SSD Issues in Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'OS: Mac OS' started by N0TZU, Apr 13, 2017.

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  1. N0TZU

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    I'm considering replacing the hard drive with an SSD in my shack Mac Mini (late 2012, 16GB,running Sierra). Other than the tedious mechanical access, has anyone had any problems with this?
     
  2. K3DCW

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    No problems, only good results.

    Make sure you have the right tools; there are some odd screwheads and the such. I bought a tool set from Other World Computing at the same time I bought my SSDs. Following their instructional videos made the swap rather painless.
     
  3. AF6LJ

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    Make sure you have an image of your drive to restore once the drive is installed.
     
  4. KA8NCR

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    Depending upon the version of OS X, you may need to install "trim enabler".
     
  5. WF7A

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    I'm thinking of upgrading my MacMini with an SSD drive, too--mine's got space for two drives so I'm waffling between replacing its original drive and just using that or using the SSD as my "main" drive and use my original one in addition to it.

    I've heard nothing but good things about OWC's (now macsales.com) kit. Be sure to watch their vid on how to replace the Mac Mini's drive so the process is as painless as possible: https://eshop.macsales.com/installvideos/mac_mini2012_hd/.
     
  6. K3DCW

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    The difference in performance between an SSD and a mechanical drive is astounding, especially on bootup and every time you start an application.
     
  7. W1HMM

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    MacSales has fantastic products and support. I have replaced the spindle drives in all my computers with SSDs and haven't regretted it. They sell packages that also come with an external case for the spindle drive you remove. I've done that and used the old drive for external storage and backups.

    --Harry
     

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