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Ssd For Mac Mini 2010

If you're not sure which Aluminum Mac mini model you have, the optical drive equipped "Mid-2010" models and current "Late 2018" "Space Gray" models should be easy to spot (at least for now), but many models in between these lines are more of a challenge.

Ssd For Mac Mini 2010


All Aluminum Mac mini models can be precisely identified by the Model Identifier in software or externally by EMC Number, and more details about specific identifiers are provided in's extensive Mac Identification section.

To locate the model identifier in software, select "About This Mac" under the Apple Menu on your computer and click the "More Info..." button. If the Mac mini is running OS X 10.7 "Lion" or later, you will need to click the "System Report" button after clicking "More Info..." as well.

For the pre-Late 2014 Mac mini models, the EMC number is visible upon removing the bottom "spin off" panel to the right of the memory slots (when the ports are facing you). It is on the bottom of the "Late 2014" and "Late 2018" models toward the ports.

Regular "Mid-2010" Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini models, which have optical drives, support a single 2.5-inch, 9.5 mm tall, 3 Gb/s Serial ATA (SATA Revision 2.0) hard drive or SSD (or two storage drives if you remove the optical drive). The oddball Mac mini "Core 2 Duo" 2.66 Server (Mid-2010) supports two storage drives of the same type (and no optical drive).

A user from the MacRumors forums first determined that the needed part is referred to as the "Bottom Hard Drive Flex Cable" (Apple Part Number 922-9560) and successfully installed a second drive. More recently, site sponsor Other World Computing began offering a "Data Doubler" upgrade kit for the Aluminum Mac mini models that includes everything needed to perform this upgrade -- the cable, drive bracket, precisely sized screwdrivers and screws -- in one convenient package.

To upgrade the memory in the Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini models released before and after the Late 2014 models, Apple has made it straightforward. Replacing the hard drive or hard drives is a more complicated procedure and Apple does not support users performing this upgrade themselves.

As Apple does not consider the hard drive to be a "customer installable part," cannot recommend that users perform the upgrade themselves. Most likely should instead add a quick and easy external hard drive or alternately hire a professional. Given the small and densely packed nature of the Aluminum Mac mini models this certainly is not a good system to upgrade yourself without substantial experience upgrading the hard drive in similar systems.

These videos from OWC cover the procedure for the optical-drive equipped "Mid-2010" models and the optical drive-less "Mid-2010" Server, "Mid-2011," "Late 2012," and models, in a step-by-step fashion:

In theory, just about any hard drive or SSD that meets the minimum requirements should work in the Mac mini. However, it always is best to buy from a trusted company with Mac knowledge for the most trouble-free experience.

In the UK and Ireland, site sponsor Flexx sells Mac mini compatible SSDs with free shipping. The company provides flat rate shipping to France, Germany, and Switzerland and inexpensive shipping for all of Europe, too.

In New Zealand, site sponsor Upgradeable New Zealand sells Mac mini hard drives and SSDs with fast delivery to all corners of the country, precise compatibility, a lifetime warranty, and a money-back guarantee.

There is also a SATA link speed negotiation bug with Macs containing the NVIDIA MCP79 Northbridge chipset. This includes the 2008 Aluminum MacBook and I also believe the 2009 Mac mini. If you install a SATA III (6Gb/s) SSD to replace the internal hard drive, link speed is negotiated at SATA I (1.5Gb/s) speeds and not at the full SATA II (3Gb/s) speed supported by the board. You MUST buy a SATA II SSD if you want the 3Gb/s link speed.

The Mid 2010 Mac Mini has two memory slots. It is preloaded from the factory with two 1GB or 2GB DDR3-1066 SO-DIMMs. You can install a maximum of 16GB with the Ramjet 16GB kit (8GB x 2 SO-DIMMs) if you are running OS Lion (10.7) or above. Earlier versions of the operating system are limited to 8GB (4GB x 2 SO-DIMMs.)

i just tried my 2.0 ghz core 2 duo mini and it wont see the nuc drive. i think the efi boot at 32bit is the problem - the newer minies have 64 efi boot. but i think you could use an bootloader to overcome this. refind might work:

MCE Technologies has OptiBay kits for virtually all mac makes and models, going back to the powerbook G4 line and even for iMacs and the Mac mini. Depending on the OptiBay kit you order, it will have the correct adapter for your machine.

The MCE OptiBay can go into virtually any Mac, using PATA or SATA, you just need to specify which one. I used to have one in my old PBG4, now i have one in my MBP unibody, my iMac, and even my mac mini. MCE you rock!

Mac mini computers by Apple not only offer a powerful, fast desktop experience, but they can also be used as standalone media centers. With its compact size, these lightweight mini computers take up little room yet offer all of the features of a standard desktop system. With its variety of useful ports like USB and HDMI, these computers can also be used as a media server with your television to play any type of music or video stored on the hard disk.

Apple Mac mini works well as a data center because it's compact, doesn't use a lot of power, and has reliable software. With many versions running Mac OS X, based on Unix, a strong platform is provided for running many services simultaneously like email and web hosting, backups, and secondary DNS and MX. It would also function well as a development environment. With its onboard screen-sharing app, hosting at a remote location is doable and simple. To access it remotely, simply create a VNC shortcut to its IP address on another machine.

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