Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Intel 520 SSD upgrade on unibody Mac Mini - mid 2011

With the SSD prices dropping significantly in last few weeks, I couldn't resist the temptation to open up my Intel Mac Mini (unibody mid 2011 model) and pop in one.
Although, Apple prohibits users to upgrade anything apart from the RAM, I love voiding warranties. Apple uses a proprietary connector to hook up the SATA disk. Fortunately the people at Other World Computing and iFixit are selling DIY second hard disk installation kit with nicely made video tutorials. iFixit, was showing out of stock, which made my task of choosing, whom to order from, much easier. For the SSD I went with 240 GB one from the trusted and reliable Intel 520 series.
Some, Mac users were cursing at SSDs from other brands at various forums, though it wasn't very clear whether the problem was with the competence of the SSD manufactures in making their products compatible with Apple (or vice versa) or with the incompetence of the users performing the DIY upgrades! Anyway, most were satisfied with this particulars series, so I just decided to play safe. 

 The video tutorials from both the sites are pretty comprehensive, so I am not bothering to add any more jabberings! Just dumping some pics that I had taken during the process!
















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