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Questions about adding a second drive (SSD) to 2012 Mac mini

 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:52 pm    Post subject: Questions about adding a second drive (SSD) to 2012 Mac mini Reply with quote

I'm looking to add a second drive (SDD) to my 2012 Mac mini. I have a couple questions for you guys.

1. How much space will a fresh install of Mountain Lion take up on the SSD? I really only want one for the OS, but wouldn't mind having a few applications on there as well.

2. How do I copy over Mountain Lion on the 1TB hard drive to the new SSD? Should I put the new drive in and do an Internet recovery?

3. Does it matter what internal bay the new SSD occupies? Like how does it set the boot order?

TIA
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Questions about adding a second drive (SSD) to 2012 Mac Reply with quote

CaliCali wrote:
I'm looking to add a second drive (SDD) to my 2012 Mac mini. I have a couple questions for you guys.

1. How much space will a fresh install of Mountain Lion take up on the SSD? I really only want one for the OS, but wouldn't mind having a few applications on there as well.

2. How do I copy over Mountain Lion on the 1TB hard drive to the new SSD? Should I put the new drive in and do an Internet recovery?

3. Does it matter what internal bay the new SSD occupies? Like how does it set the boot order?

TIA


1. Not sure exactly but if memory serves it's about 18GB.

2. I used Carbon Copy Cloner to clone my HDD to the SSD. http://www.bombich.com/

3. I installed the SSD in the main bay and moved the HDD to the empty bay! Choose the SSD as the startup disk in system prefs. Got the Sata cable from Powerbook Medic
http://www.powerbookmedic.com/Mac-Mini-Server-Bottom-Hard-Drive-Flex-Cable-p-20708.html

You'll also need 4 HDD screws & some 8mm grommets which I found ebay like these ...
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/100pcs-Assorted-Color-Tattoo-Rubber-Grommet-Nipples-For-Needles-Machine-Supply-/300828393046?pt=UK_Health_Beauty_Tattoos_BodyArt_SM&hash=item460ac4fe56

Good Luck!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Google OWC and just get the 2nd hard drive kit. It comes with everything including tools to add a second drive. As the previous poster said, Carbon Copy Cloner works like a charm and it's free for 30 days. Just put the SSD into an inexpensive USB external case, format it, then clone it.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is the best kit to get? Is it easy to install?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is easy for me might be insanely difficult for you, and what is easy for you might be insanely difficult for me.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The OWC kit comes with very detailed instructions. You can also watch the video at OWC.
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