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DIY Upgrade Bundle
Includes: OWC Data Doubler, 2.0TB Electra 6G SSD, and an OWC 5-piece ToolKit

Upgrade for Mac mini
Get more storage when you add a second drive into your Mac.
Includes everything you need to add a second internal drive into your Mac.
Add a second internal drive
Use the OWC Data doubler to install a 2.0TB Electra 6G SSD inside your 2011 or later Mac mini. This DIY kit includes all the tools necessary to complete the installation of the Data Doubler and the new drive, coupled with our free installation videos that offer step-by-step instructions, you can perform the entire upgrade on your own.
Bigger, Better, Stronger
The Mac mini is already an amazing feat of engineering, and you can pack even more power inside it with the OWC Data Doubler and an OWC Mercury Electra MAX 2.0TB 6G SSD. An OWC SSD is simply the best way to expand capability of your already powerful mini, and even better, you can do it yourself!
2.0TB OWC Mercury Electra 6G Solid State Drive (SSD)
This SSD brings some serious horsepower to the track. With SSDs operating dramatically faster than hard drives, you will love the performance gains of the Mercury Electra 6G SSD. Quicker booting, rapid app launching and more efficient creating are hallmarks of OWC solid state drives. With no moving parts, the Electra MAX SSD is far more stable than conventional hard drives. You can count on significant increases in your read and write speeds and the Electra MAX is designed to reduce write degradation over time.
The Right Tools for the Job
With the 5-piece Toolkit from OWC, everything is included to complete the installation of the 2.0TB Electra 6G SSD. Once the upgrade is complete, you'll have a handy set of tools for future computer upgrades.

The Toolkit includes the following:
  • Phillips #00 screw driver
  • Torx T6 screw driver
  • Torx T8 screw driver
  • Straight Blade 1.8mm screw driver
  • Nylon Pry Tool (aka "Spudger")
Yes, You Can Do-it-Yourself
OWC is committed to your success, so if you need a bit more guidance, we are available Mon-Fri 8AM-8PM and Sat 9AM-4PM with U.S. based technical support by phone or live chat.

Before attempting to perform this installation, please watch the following instructional video in its entirety to determine your ability to perform this complex procedure. OWC assumes no responsibility for damage that may occur during the install. Technical support for this DIY product consists only of this video:

NOTE: A small number of 2012 units were shipped with the drive mounted in the upper drive bay rather than the more typical lower bay shown in this video. If you have a 2012 or later model, you will want to determine the configuration of your Mac mini's drives prior to ordering. To do this, open Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility.app and click on the grey drive icon at the left-edge of the window. If you see "Lower" after the "Connection ID" at the bottom-left corner of the window, you may proceed using the standard installation instructions. If you see "Upper" then you have a special configuration which will need additional components, and you will need to also refer to the Addendum video.
OWC NOTE:
While OWC encourages the DIY philosophy, this is a challenging install that requires advanced skills. If, after watching the how-to video, you are not fully confident of your ability to perform the installation, you can choose to have OWC "Do It For You" via our Apple Mac mini Installation Service.

Includes


NOTE: This kit contains consumable and/or one time use components and therefore is not covered by any warranty. If you have any concerns about your ability to perform the upgrade, you can return the unopened kit for a refund. The 5-Piece Toolkit (except for nylon pry tool) included with this kit is covered by a 1 Year Warranty.

Release Candidate (RC) firmware set

There are two kinds of firmware for SSDs Mass Production (MP) and Release Candidate (RC). Prior to an MP firmware release, there are beta firmware releases and an RC firmware release. Often, the RC is the same as the MP release, however there can be small changes and bug fixes made between the two. OWC has evaluated the RC for the 6Gb/s SandForce 2281 Processor and found it to be stable with no issues reported during our testing. However, as with any evolutionary product, issues may surface as different usages and configurations are employed and it is important to understand that there will be further updates and revisions.

Since no firmware update is currently offered for the OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD, no update page exists. To see the typical steps involved with a self performed field firmware update, please visit our 3Gb/s product update page at: http://eshop.macsales.com/Customized_Pages/Framework.cfm?page=sf_firmware.html

It is important to note that the current firmware update tool requires the use of Windows XP/Vista/7. OWC is currently working on a Mac OS based update tool, but we do not have an exact availability date.

2.0TB Mercury Electra 6G SSD Specifications:

Specifications

Controller
Silicon Motion SM2246EN Series with 7% Over Provisioning firmware set
NAND
Tier 1 3D NAND
Form Factor
Standard 7mm 2.5"
Interface
SATA 6Gb/s, 3Gb/s & 1.5Gb/s supported, SATA 3.0 Compliant
Capacity1
1920GB useable capacity
Total Flash Memory Components – 2048GB
128GB allocated to real-time data redundancy & error correction
Formatted Capacity2
1860GiB
RAID Support
Qualified for single drive and multiple drive production workstation RAID 0/1/10/0+1 and SPAN usage.
SMART Attributes
Standard4
Native Command Queuing
up to 32 commands
Manufacturer Model Number
OWCSSD7E6G02S
RoHS Compliant
Yes
Format

Physical

Height (max)
7mm (0.276″)
OWC 7mm – 9.5mm Adapter
1 included (buy additional)
Width (max)
70.06mm (2.758″)
Length (max)
100.12mm (3.941″)
Weight
77 grams +/- 2 grams
0.170 lbs +/- 2.71 oz

Reliability3

Data Reliability
Built-in BCH ECC: Up to 66 bits correctable per 1024 bytes
Security
Chip Based Data Encryption: 256-bit AES-compliant
TRIM Support
Yes
Nonrecoverable Read Errors
Less than 1 sector per 1016 bits read

Performance

Sequential Reads (6Gb/s, Compressible Data)
525 MB/s
Sequential Writes (6GB/s, Compressible Data)
402 MB/s
Sequential Reads (6GB/s, Incompressible Data)
515 MB/s
Sequential Writes (6Gb/s, Incompressible Data)
407 MB/s

Power

Active
Less than 2000mW (2.0W) expected maximum draw
Idle
Less than 700mW (0.7W)

Environmental (Operating)

Temperature (°F)
32°F to 158°F
Temperature (°C)
0°C to 70°C

Environmental (Non-Operating)

Temperature (°F)
-40°F to 185°F
Temperature (°C)
-40°C to 85°C

Acoustics

Idle (Typical)
0.0 bels
Seek (Typical)
0.0 bels
  1. 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5-10% less). The actual total capacity will depend on your own defined file settings/preferences. 
  2. In terms of standard gigabytes, 1GiB ≈ 1.074GB and refers to the actual formatted capacity of shown under Mac OS 10.5 or earlier and Microsoft Windows OS.
  3. Specific application environments such as temperature and duty cycle will affect the overall reliability.
  4. Temperature reporting is currently an unsupported feature because due to the operating characteristics of SSDs, it is highly unlikely one would ever exceed an OWC Mercury SSD's stated operating temperature ceiling of 158F/70C. However, we are looking into supporting this feature in the future via a firmware update. Firmware updates can be found here: http://eshop.macsales.com/tech_center/OWC/SSD.

Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n DD1MMSSDE2TB UPC#: 812437026474

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This kit is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
Mac mini Intel
Mac mini (Late 2012)*
(October, 2012)
Model ID: Macmini6,1 & Macmini6,2
2.3GHz, 2.5GHz, 2.6GHz
Mac mini Intel
Mac mini (Mid 2011)
(July, 2011)
Model ID: Macmini5,1 & Macmini5,2
2.3GHz, 2.5GHz, 2.7GHz

*With standard upper bay factory mount

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.8 / 5 159 out of 170 (94%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: Cristiano Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 The product is very good, my Macmini greatly improved the performance. March 11, 2018 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY Kit: Data Doubler + 250GB Mercury Electra 6G SSD Bundle for Mac mini 2011 and 2012 models.. Customer Videos:
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Reviewer: Josh12 Location: Josh12 Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Mini SSD Upgrade February 22, 2018 I work on cell phone and computer repairs daily, so I found the upgrade easy. The average user should be able to do it if they read the directions and take their time.

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Reviewer: Auracom1 Location: Los Angeles Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Great Upgrade Kit February 9, 2018 I love having really easy directions and guides for installation of memory/hard drives/etc. This kit came with everything needed to upgrade your mac - plus easy to follow directions and movie clips.

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Reviewer: bittle
Rating: 5/5 Excellent kit with excellent instructions December 6, 2017 The printed instructions that came with the kit, and the tools, made the quite complicated (imo) installation go smoothly. That they included a printed step-by-step instruction book was so much more helpful than just a video or web page, because I didn't need to have another computer running to refer to, or try to print things out. So far, the drive is working perfectly, and the computer has sped up tremendously. Worth every penny.

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Reviewer: JimInRochester Location: Rochester, NY Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great Product, Good Instructions September 22, 2017 In spite of having pretty good tech skills, I was pretty nervous through the disassembly of my 2012 Mac Mini and the installation of my new OWC SSD ...but we both survived the process. I was glad to have BOTH the printed instructions AND the video instructions -- I went back and forth between them, and in the end the Mini fired right up.

Thank you, OWC!

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Reviewer: jdmarlow
Rating: 5/5 Super hard install, but works great! January 19, 2017 Very tricky installation for a Mac Mini. But the drive is awesome. SUPER fast. Best upgrade imaginable for a little Mac Mini. The OWC video guides were very helpful for this!

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Reviewer: dougolena Location: Springfield, MO Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Upgrading my Mac Mini January 5, 2017 When my computers break, I knuckle down and fix them. But my Mac Mini 2012 was working fine, so I worried that I would break it upgrading the hard drive to a ssd. Though the job of adding a drive doubler was not trivial, it wasn't difficult. And for putting in a SSD gave me better than a new computer. It is screamingly fast, and for anything but processing speeds it keeps up with my Retina MacBook pro 2012.

It would take almost two minutes to boot up and start a few programs. After the memory upgrade, it took a minute and a half. After the SSD upgrade, it takes 30 seconds. Thanks OWC for consistently good products and upgrade paths.

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Reviewer: 4jwd Location: Roanoke Valley, Virginia Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 OWC Data Doubler Kit + 120 Gb SSD is the best..! December 6, 2016 Nothing could wake up my Mac Mini like an Electra SSD, plus my 1.0 Tb hd ! Such a great companion to the factory 8 Gb Ram... What a package!

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Reviewer: Andreas Location: San Francisco, Ca Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 5-6 months
Rating: 5/5 OWC Cannot Make it simplier. Build quality and support is unsurpassed. OWC is the only place I will buy Mac related items October 15, 2016 Honestly I was a bit intimidated at first because most of my tinkering has been on audio equipment or cars. OWC's return policy and my need for financially viable upgrade option gave me the confidence to move forward with the Mac Mini data doubler for my 2011 mini. Honestly it couldn't of been easier. There was a course a few things that gave me trouble but nothing that repeatedly rewinding of the instructional video didn't solve. It certainly took me took me longer than that to tutorial estimated, about twice the time.

But that was due to my caution novelty working on computers not to the complexity of the upgrade. Like so many things in life, it is always easier than you expect. Honestly if you can turn up your car look up your AV stereo you can handle this. Patients caution and don't put yourself in a time crunch..thanks OWC.

Andreas

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Reviewer: RepairN00B
Rating: 5/5 Amazing - I will do this again October 11, 2016 I am just so impressed with this website and the "data doubler" kit I purchased. The website helped me find everything I need for my specific model of Mac, the kit had everything I needed to install my new SSD, and the videos and instructions were spot on. It was a bit scary to get in there and do it myself, but thanks to the through instructions and great visuals, I was able to make it all happen. I enjoyed doing it so much I bought a replacement HDD and installed it. The repairs breathed new life into my 2011 Mac Mini. It runs like a new machine. I will definitely be doing this again.

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Reviewer: HappyMan Location: Melbourne, Australia Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 The SSD makes my Mac Mini fly!! October 5, 2016 Adding a 1TB SSD to my 2012 Mac Mini with 16G of RAM, also from OWC, has transformed the machine into a flying monster : ) Applications open about 10 times faster.

The kit was complete, tools and all, and the instructions were totally clear and understandable. The bonus USB 3 interference shield has also done its job well.

I could not be happier with the product and the service. I continue to return whenever I need parts.

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Reviewer: JoaoM Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Revived my Mac mini September 1, 2016 I have a 2012 Mac mini with 16GB of RAM. It was getting kinda long in the tooth, and a little bit of research suggested that a data doubler kit would be more effective than replacing it with a new one, at least for the kind of work I do. I went ahead and purchased the kit -- with some trepidation, as I am not particularly handy and this is a relatively complex install. But it's quite doable, and the video instructions are excellent. My Mac mini is flying again. Booting up, launching apps, Windows emulation are all dramatically faster.

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Reviewer: Jorge231061 Location: Uruguay Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 This product has great features August 23, 2016 Excellent service MacSales

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Reviewer: Fradubio Location: Greenfield, MA Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Wow, blazing fast! August 5, 2016 I managed to do the whole process pretty smoothly following the instructions. I actually did it twice, once after I installed it I got a larger capacity regular drive and replaced my original drive with the SSD and put the new drive where the SSD was.

I did experience some odd hangs with the SSD in the secondary position, but that was resolved when I put it in the original drive place (maybe? not sure if that was coincidental, but since I read about similar issues online, when I put in the new drive I went ahead and switched it).

Startup is not shockingly fast as are application launches. Very impressed... though it makes me wonder what would happen if I upgraded from my mini....

I'm primarily using the mini for audio recording using Digital Performer, so some heavy lifting, therefore any speed help I can get is useful.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: The Netherlands Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 MacMini 1TB SSD Drive Bundle + 16GB RAM. June 17, 2016 Excellent solution to extend the life of a MacMini. Easy procedure to install. Performance of MacMini increased dramatically.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: New Zealand Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Really happy with this SSD June 15, 2016 I bought a secondhand 2011 Mac Mini (2.3 Ghz i5, 8GB RAM) for my partner who is doing a nursing course. I updated it to El Capitan but found it was stalling constantly with the spinning beachball. I bought this data doubler kit hoping it would speed things up. Sure did! The Mini boots up in 25 seconds to the desktop, and no more stalling going on. I followed the OWC youtube video to install the drive and it was quite simple with the tools provided.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 amazing company, and the same for their products February 2, 2016 everything they sell is guaranteed to be top quality, super fast delivery

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Sierra Foothills, California Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great way to speed up the Mac mini December 24, 2015 I used this to create a Fusion drive in my 2012 Mac mini. It improved the machine's responsiveness considerably. Because of the excellent installation videos, I knew ahead of time that my mini had the stock drive installed in the upper bay. That meant I had to buy the extra kit, but it also meant the installation was a lot easier because I didn't have to take out the motherboard and power supply. Once I had it installed and booted from an external drive, Disk Utility saw that I had an SSD and an HDD and automatically created a Fusion drive from them. After restoring from my backup I was instantly up and running.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Indonesia Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Awesome August 26, 2015 Boost my new Mac Mini speed faster... almost like macbook pro retina 2015... Recommended... A bit difficult for self installation... better finding the service centre who can help to install and cloning the OX system to the SSD.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Denver
Rating: 5/5 Super Easy Super Awesome March 3, 2015 This is a crazy good product. Instructions were detailed and accurate. SSD is very fast. You don't need to be computer hardware savvy to use this kit.

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Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 Great upgrade, gives new life to a Mac Mini December 24, 2014 This is the greatest upgrade I have ever done to a computer! Increasing the RAM or putting in a faster HD help, but this transformed my Mini. It now takes seconds to start up, and in a handful of seconds I can launch Photoshop, Word and Safari, all at once. :-)

The only downside is that installation is difficult but that is not the product's fault.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Age: Under 18 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Awesome Kit! December 18, 2014 I installed the SSD under 30 Min. The instruction booklet was really very easy to read. My Mac Mini Mid 2011 its now so speedy!!!!

Thanks OWC!!!!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Hamburg, NY Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Excellent as Expected December 15, 2014 I had recently purchased a data doubler package for my 2012 MBP (9,1) and was impressed enough with its performance that I decided to bite the bullet and buy another one for my 2011 MacMini (5,1). While the magnitude of improvement doesn't appear to be quite as great as it was with the MBP, I have nonetheless seen a noticeable and worthwhile improvement thus far.

If you are somewhat mechanically inclined, this installation will be a breeze. Some of the wire connections are a little difficult to detach, but if you take it slow you shouldn't see any problems. I didn't time myself, but I think the whole process took me about an hour from start to finish - I also added new internal HDD in order to obsolete a USB 2.0 external drive.

One word of warning I will give deals with the steps removing (and subsequently replacing) the cowling. Be mindful of the "lower" SATA cable connection during these steps. I inadvertently detached it during the removal (without even noticing) and also again during the replacement. I don't think there is so much of a threat of breaking it as there is the risk of a loose/bad connection - although a loose connection might preclude one from completing the re-assembly of the Mini due to the way the pieces that sit on top of it stack together rather tightly.

Otherwise, while everything else was a snug fit - there really is not an ounce of empty space within the machine - watch the video at least once before attempting and you'll do just fine. I feel that if I had to repeat the process again, I could probably do it in under 15 minutes start to finish. My next job is to convince a friend that their 2009 MacMini (formerly mine) needs this surgery!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Speedy upgrade December 15, 2014 My Mac mini 's drive was nearing 90% full and the performance was really slow. I installed this drive and it made a big difference in overall performance. It was a good investment. The directions and accompanying video are great at guiding you through the physical installation.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Portland, OR Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Excellent product, install instructions could be better November 19, 2014 Excellent product, works fine. I should have read the booklet that came with it rather than relying on their (very good) installation video. The booklet describes the IR connector as delicate, but the video makes every connector look easy to detach (not the case). I broke it trying to disconnect it. Not that I use the little IR remote anyway, but I would still rather not have broken it. Also, there are hex (allen wrench) screws in the Mac-mini that there is no tool for in the kit. Instead, there are blade and phillips drivers that are of no use.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: South Africa Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Everything you need October 31, 2014 I have used OWC for quite a few MAC upgrades, mostly involving memory and SSD drives. This kit (Mac Mini) contained absolutely everything you need to perform the upgrade. On-line video material is top quality, not leaving anything out. MAC is now as fast as it should be! Note: Re-fitting the antenna grid is a test of patience. You need to seriously get the tiny tiny groove and slot matching up perfectly, while rotating the grid clockwise, for all the holes to line up and the grid to snap in place. The quality of the cable, grommets, etc. is very good.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Washington State Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 5-6 months
Rating: 5/5 Supper fast Boot speed!!! October 2, 2014 I installed this on my 2012 i7 mac mini. The boot speed is incredible!!! The video and the supplied tools provided with the drive doubler are great. just watch the video and take your time... it is well worth the half hour and the money. I loved my mac mini when I purchased the 16 gig memory upgrade...but WOW! I love it way more with the SSD upgrade from OWC. I got the 240gb Electra 6G bundle and feel it was $ well spent. a SSD upgrade for the mac mini is AWESOME!!!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Hagerstown Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Nice kit October 1, 2014 Great product, fast delivery and worth the money. A big saving if you do not fear opening a mac mini. Operation is delicate but with patience and the good guide supplied, no reason you fail.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Milwaukee Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Outstanding SSD drive for my 2011 Mac Mini September 7, 2014 Everything about my OWC experience was first rate ... except for one thing. Ordering, shipping time, installation instructions (video & paper), the drive itself ... has all been a 5 star experience. My boot time went from minutes to about 30 seconds! Everything is lightning fast concerning disk I/O. The only thing that was a bust was the Data Doubler Kit was supposed to include a Torx T-6 driver. Of the 4 drivers included in the Kit, 3 fit their respective screws fine, but whatever was supposed to be a T-6 was too big to fit into the T-6 screws in the Mac Mini. I had to run to the hardware store and buy an entire Torx Driver Kit (because no one sells a T-6 by itself ... unless you want to order it from Amazon). After I had a T-6 that fit, everything went like clockwork. I returned the Torx Driver Kit a week or so later after I was sure I didn't need to re-open the Mini and everything was fine. So no harm, no foul ... I guess. But OWC, you lost out on a 5 star review due to some Q/A issues.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: College Station, TX Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Need to be comfortable working in compact spaces September 1, 2014 The videos are spot on, was able to install everything in the system. Obviously the Mac mini has little space to work in, I believe I somehow fritzed my WiFi antenna/card when installing the USB 3 shield. I didn't test them when I purchased my system before I started working on the upgrade so I'm not sure if it was already a dud..... Most likely my fat figures though.... If you know what you are doing, and comfortable doing it; this is a buy.

The drive is super fast, very responsive makes editing photos in Aperture a breeze...

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Paris, France Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Complete and efficient June 29, 2014 Hi, I received and installed this kit and it held its promise. Even though the installation was tagged as "challenging", it went without a glitch. the color booklet that comes with it, along with the supporting videos were a big help. Just take the time to prepare everything right, and don't rush it. Once everything installed, the magic starts: application open lightning fast, the mac mini's start-up time is greatly reduced, and so on. This product really is a must go for the Mac Mini!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: NC Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Anyone can be a speed demon April 28, 2014 OWC converted my somewhat lackluster MacMini (2011) into a very fast machine. I had them install an SSD, a large, 1.5 Tb HD, and 16 GB of RAM--all for a lot less than buying a new machine (one that wouldn't be as fast or hold as much data). The whole process took less than a week.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Fantastic product and support. November 9, 2013 I have two MacMini’s (MM’s). Once I received my newer model with a fusion drive I began to get disappointed by the lackluster performance of my previous 5,2 model MM. The newer MM, I use to run AutoCAD in Windows with a Parallels VM. That thing runs better than any PC I have ever built! I use it almost exclusively to run W7 and my Windows software.

I do most of my daily work on the 5,2 MM. It is on 24/7 and it is my everyday computer. The thought of the performance of the fusion drive and the newer MM nagged at me every time I would reboot or, boot InDesign or Illustrator, or Mac version AutoCAD. It is not that the machine did not do the job, but when you have a machine that boots in seconds, verses tens of seconds it seems like an eternity! I started exploring the idea of running a fusion drive in my 5,2 machine as well.

After some reading I concluded that the fusion drive was really second rate to a dedicated system/application drive. After talking a little with the guys at OWC, I decided that their complete system approach was better than tinkering with various parts from others matched with the current flavor of the hot trend SSD.

I chose the Mercury 6G in 240GB. I got the data doubler and the tools as well.

Since I have several computers I performed the surgery on my desk in front of a running computer with the video. I suggest this if you can.

My comment on the video is that it is very thorough. I don’t think it is for everyone but if you have built computers before, or if you have at least the ability to follow directions you can likely do this for yourself. Watching the video makes the process look easier than it really is. These guys likely have taken their test computer apart many times and the parts are ‘worn in’ some from the exercise. Mine on the other hand did not want to give up its original configuration without a fight!

First, the larger of the Torx drivers was made out of tolerance. That is okay because I have no shortage of tools and got one from my shop. The tight fit would not allow sufficient engagement and could have easily ruined the heads of the screws. Second, the kit should really include two spudgers. My IR cable connector was a real witch with a capital “B” to remove. I needed a second spudger to press down on the connector header to keep from peeling it off the board. You can ruin these really easily with a little too much enthusiasm. They don’t (the connectors that is) come off the board as simply as they did “on TV.” Just be wary of that.

It also took a hellofa lot of coaxing to get the logic board out. I mean I am 230 and I had to muscle the heck out of mine to get it parted from the case. It took me about 10 minutes, dislodging one side, moving it around a bit and pushing it back into battery to get it to evenly release and come free of the case. I mean I thought that mine had an additional faster in there or something, but it was just stubborn. I just worked it until it came loose.

I also used the double spudger technique on the power cable. It provided me with a straight pull on the cable and I was able to walk it out much easier than with a single tool.

While on the topic of cable removal, I suggest a magnifying lens set that you get from one of the discount tool houses. OWC should sell one actually. The video leads you to believe that the cable ends are much larger than they are. Some of these are just a few mm’s wide. They are very tiny and not easy for a guy like me to see. The head band magnifiers were a life saver for me. If you are older than 40… get a pair before you start!

The installation, beyond these comments, was pretty straightforward and easy. Even working on the stubborn parts it still took me less than an hour and I took the time to blow out the fan and some of the other dusty parts with some compressed air.

I chose not to fuse the two drives and instead went the OS/Apps SSD drive approach. The warning about how to reload the OS and perform the software transfer was really helpful. There is one thing missing however on the mapping of the user files back to the SSD. If you don’t have a user number that matches, you will get errors. I was not allowed to write to my existing HDD after many attempts until I copied over the user ID number and made them match. Works like a charm now…

There is nothing like launching InDesign or Photoshop and watching it boot in a few seconds. Startups are fast too. All my software works fine except that I did have problem with mapping the template files in AutoCAD. That was fixed with a little creative trickery. I must have booted AutoCAD 25 times just to see how fast it booted.

I am very happy with the solution, the speed of the machine and the performance enhancements. I have not yet learned how to back up and merge the two disks into one disk clone but I will take that on some time later.

If you have a little skill and a couple of hundred bucks, like the speed of a newer machine with an SSD or Fusion drive already installed, then this is a product made for you. I would do it again in a heartbeat and would recommend the kit, the videos and the quality of the parts from OWC.

Forget trying to chase the latest fad and pursuing what some guru is touting as the ‘best’ SSD. I think I got the best one for my MM and it is the OWC Mercury and the doubler kit! These guys got SSD's for Macs down to an art.

Cheers!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY Kit: Data Doubler + 240GB Mercury Electra 6G SSD Bundle for Mac mini 2011 and 2012 models..

Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Kenosha, WI Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Awesome product September 20, 2013 I purchased the OWC Data Doubler kit + 240GB Electra 6G SSD bundle along with the OWC 16 GB memory kit to upgrade my Wife's Mac Mini. First off, I was a little nervous tackling this upgrade once I saw the small size of the connectors inside the Mac Mini. I watched the installation video twice before the OWC Data Doubler kit arrived so that I was familiar with the steps involved.

I just took my time and followed along the installation manual. I wish every product came with such a precise and easy to follow installation guide! It was absolutely the best install manual I have ever seen. I used an eye loupe to disconnect the fragile little connectors, which helped me quite a bit. It was also nice that all the tools needed to accomplish this upgrade were provided in the OWC Data Doubler kit. I accomplished the upgrade from start to finish in about 45 minutes, it was easier than it looked. Just take your time and follow the instructions and you will not have any problems.

After I installed an OS on the new OWC 6G SSD drive, I restarted the computer using the new drive. My Wife has over 29 thousand photos in her iPhoto library and you can scroll through them without a single hiccup! No slowing down, no hesitation, no pausing to build the next row of photos. It is absolutely a smoking fast SSD drive!

Thanks OWC for providing such a complete and awesome upgrade product! I will be ordering another OWC Data Doubler + 240GB Electra 6G SSD bundle for my Mac Mini, along with 16GB OWC RAM!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY Kit: Data Doubler + 240GB Mercury Electra 6G SSD Bundle for Mac mini 2011 and 2012 models..

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