Last month Apple refreshed it’s Mac Mini line-up adding Core i5 and i7 processors but for some the single hard drive or SSD which was
included just wasn’t enough. But worry not, as those clever folks over at iFixit have managed
to find a way of fitting a second hard drive.
Apple removed the optical drive from this update of the Mac
Mini (though you could purchase one as an optional extra for £66) therefore
making room for a second hard drive. Those going for the Mac Mini Server can
already opt for dual hard drives, or if you were feeling especially generous,
dual SSDs but iFixit has found a way to put two of these drives into the
regular Mac Minis. Considering the Mac Mini Server cost £320 more than the entry-level Mac Mini, the iFixit solution could save you a lot of money.
The $70 (£42) Mac Mini Dual Hard Drive Kit contains the
parts and tools you need to put a second storage option of your choice inside
your 2011 Mac Mini – though unsurprisingly the actual hard drive or SSD is not included for
that price. Included in the kit is a SATA cable, mounting screws and grommets
plus a logic board removal tool, 26-piece driver kit and the indispensable
While many people will think the idea of tinkering with
their brand spanking new Mac Mini is an idea worse than rubbing some bird’s eye
chillies on your hands before going to the toilet, for many there is nothing
better than trying to improve on what Apple has produced.
On the website there is a full step-y-step guide to make sure you don’t bork anything up, but as always with
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situations like this, you should know that you will void your warranty by
opening up that shiny aluminium body of the Mac Mini.