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: Before you begin, you will want to determine the configuration of your Mac mini's drives. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Reviewer: FujiProUserLocation: Burlington, VTAge: Over 65Experience Level: Power UserOwned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5It works well in my MacMiniMarch 4, 2018I think this is the only option offered to add an SSD to a MacMini. although it works well, I believe it could include a couple of screws for the new SSD to fit into the MacMini body for support and some kind of foam pad to support the drives as they are reinserted into the body. Thank you for the instructive video. It made it all possible. I would recommend this item to a friend!This review is from OWC 'Data Doubler' 2.5" HDD/SSD Upper Drive ALT Bay Installation Kit for Mac mini 2012..Customer Videos:
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Rating: 5/5Awesome upgrade - Double your space, double your funJanuary 26, 2018Two years later and this upgrade is still going strong on my mid-2012 Mac mini. The installation was super-simple. I added an SSD I had already acquired and made it my main drive while making the original HD the secondary drive and making it my Time Capsule drive. I've been able to use the included tools in other Mac-related upgrades as well. What's not to like? I would recommend this item to a friend!This review is from OWC 'Data Doubler' 2.5" Hard Drive/SSD Installation Kit for Mac mini 2011 - 2012 models..Customer Videos:
Reviewer: GranitGeezerLocation: NHAge: Over 65Experience Level: Power UserOwned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5A great way to enhance a mini MacDecember 14, 2017This is the second Data Doubler that I have installed. The first installation in my own mini was a bit of a struggle. I assembled my first pc in 1976 so I have a lot of DIY experience - my data processing and computer experience goes much further back (1946). There were a couple of steps in the installation instructions of about three years ago that could have been clearer - mainly for some reassembly steps. None the less, once the problems were solved, the computer has functioned flawlessly.
The second installation was in my wife's mini - so a SSD and a larger capacity HD could be added. The instructions have been updated and are much more helpful and instructive. It took me perhaps an hour for the whole process including formatting the drives and upgrading the OS.
The resulting improved performance is remarkable for both units!
Three suggestions: 1. When reconnecting the power supply, leave as wide a gap as possible when reinserting the main board. Then this critical reconnection is much easier and surer. 2. When reinserting the top drive, stand the mini on its top face and tilt so it is maybe 20 degrees beyond vertical. The pins on the drive will fall into place almost without any struggle. It also helps to make two pencil marks on the top front of the case to mark the localtion of the holes for the pins to line up the drive as it is inserted. 3. When reinstalling the antenna assembly, the edge of the perforated screen must rest on a very narrow ledge on the case. If any part of the screen is below the ledge, the screw holes will not line up.
I would recommend this item to a friend!Customer Videos:
Reviewer: BishVOLocation: Long Island, NYAge: 55-65Experience Level: IT ProfessionalOwned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5Simple and straightforwardDecember 12, 2017I purchased a 2012 Mac Mini with a single 2TB HDD as a house media server and wanted to install my (already owned) 256GB SSD as a boot drive. The kit came with all the parts needed and a small (but very comprehensive) kit of the required tools. The online instructional video made the job very simple and straightforward. The only problem I encountered was a memory error when the Mini was restarted... but that was solved by simply re-seating the memory modules. I would recommend this item to a friend!This review is from OWC 'Data Doubler' 2.5" Hard Drive/SSD Installation Kit for Mac mini 2011 - 2012 models..Customer Videos:
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Reviewer: LightMaster1Location: Toronto, CanadaAge: 25-34Experience Level: HobbiestOwned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5So far so goodSeptember 28, 2017Used it with my new SSD and it works good. I would recommend this item to a friend!Customer Videos:
Reviewer: sweddellLocation: New ZealandAge: 55-65Experience Level: IT ProfessionalOwned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5Great service and an excellent productAugust 29, 2017I purchased the OWC 'Data Doubler' 2.5" Hard Drive/SSD Installation Kit for the Mac mini. I'm delighted with this, and the service from MacSales was excellent. I would however suggest paying the extra and using a courier for delivery. I waited almost a month for this to clear our international mail exchange (in NZ), which of course was no fault of the vendor. I would recommend this item to a friend!This review is from OWC 'Data Doubler' 2.5" Hard Drive/SSD Installation Kit for Mac mini 2011 - 2012 models..Customer Videos:
Reviewer: PellatonianLocation: SwitzerlandAge: Over 65Experience Level: IT ProfessionalOwned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5Successful in updating 2014 Mac miniJuly 11, 2017I added a second (SATA) SSD to my late 2014 Mac mini which already had an 250 GB Apple NVMe SSD.
The kit has everything you need to add an SSD or HDD except the retention bracket which locks the connector to the mainboard. Since earlier versions of the Mac mini didn't use this bracket I felt safe not having it.
The kit is excellent and I would recommend it to anyone.
Rating: 5/5A bit challenging but easy with Macsales incredible customer support!July 5, 2017This is not the easiest of installations as it requires removing most of the internals of the mac mini. I ran into multiple issues and had to call customer service a couple of times. They were exceptionally helpful, friendly and effective. I'd face a a technical glitch any day with these guys at my back! I would recommend this item to a friend!This review is from OWC 'Data Doubler' 2.5" HDD/SSD Upper Drive ALT Bay Installation Kit for Mac mini 2012..Customer Videos:
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Reviewer: KukoLocation: CalgaryAge: Over 65Experience Level: Power UserOwned Product: over 6 months
Reviewer: MarkWLLocation: Big Lake, MNAge: Over 65Experience Level: IT ProfessionalOwned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5Just What I NeededFebruary 23, 2017I've been waiting so long to get an affordable Late 2012 Mac mini to replace my 2011 version.I finally obtained one, and the first thing I did was order the data doubler. I already had the two SSD's on hand and couldn't wait to get them in place and running. As many have said, this upgrade is not for the faint of heart. It involves delicate handing of the fragile connectors along with close attention to the directions. Not to mention the various tiny fasteners. But the end result is virtually a new computer. It boots super fast, apps launch quicker, it is just an all around faster, more efficient machine. Data Doubler is the way to go. I would recommend this item to a friend!Customer Videos:
Rating: 5/5Kit + Instructional Video = Easy InstallJanuary 30, 2017This kit came with everything needed to install my additional SSD. In my 2011 Mac Mini. The process too about an hour, with me going very slow not to miss any steps. I used the instructional video that walked me through the process step by step. My MAC Mini is just like new again. BETTER than new. I would recommend this item to a friend!This review is from OWC 'Data Doubler' 2.5" Hard Drive/SSD Installation Kit for Mac mini 2011 - 2012 models..Customer Videos:
Reviewer: jRG1Location: Folsom, CAAge: Over 65Experience Level: Home UserOwned Product: less than a month
Reviewer: StuFLExperience Level: IT ProfessionalOwned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5Leave it to OWC to determine the problem and resolve itDecember 15, 2016This tiny little piece of shielding has made a huge difference in my Mac Mini. Before installing it the wireless trackpad and mouse would start getting lost during heavy CPU usage. Now that issue is gone. I am extremely happy with this and that OWC took the time to create a solution for the problem. I would recommend this item to a friend!This review is from OWC Bluetooth module shielding kit for Apple Mac mini 2012 models.Customer Videos:
Reviewer: SuperBeardLocation: Southwest FloridaAge: 45-54Experience Level: IT ProfessionalOwned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5Right Tool for the Right Job!!!November 18, 2016I got this kit thinking I would use it just once.
So far I have used this kit about 6 or 8 times. If you have a Mac Mini you Need this kit!!
Rating: 5/5Really amazingOctober 23, 2016I picked this up to install a Samsung SDD into my late 2012 Mac Mini to speed it up since I was having ridiculously long load and save times on many of my apps such as Clip Studio Paint and Photoshop. The installation took a bit, but was pretty straightforward and the videos that OWC provides were great help. There even came to a point where I needed to call in to ask a question and their customer support was incredibly nice and helpful. Overall, it took me about 2 hours, but I was taking my time making sure to do everything just right. I would recommend this item to a friend!This review is from OWC 'Data Doubler' 2.5" HDD/SSD Upper Drive ALT Bay Installation Kit for Mac mini 2012..Customer Videos:
Reviewer: ProfessorLocation: Upstate NYAge: Over 65Experience Level: IT ProfessionalOwned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5New Life to Old Mac MiniSeptember 4, 2016MacSales/OWC has upgraded 2 Mac Minis for me and has done excellent work - maxing out RAM and replacing HDDs with SSDs. The process was efficient and timely; sent in the old Mac Minis and they were returned with these upgrades quickly - everything working fine! Been dealing with them for years - I wish other tech companies were as good as MacSales/OWC! 5 stars ***** ! I would recommend this item to a friend!Customer Videos:
Rating: 5/5Doubled internal HDD storage using this kitAugust 13, 2016In June 2016 I purchased a brand new late-2012 Mac mini 4GB 1TB 2.3Ghz quad-core i7 from the Apple.com Clearance site to use as a single repository for family photos, music, and videos. I purchased a late 2012 Mac mini rather than a dual-core 2014 Mac mini model precisely because I could still add a second internal drive using this OWC kit, and upgrade the socketed factory RAM (from 4GB to 8GB for now, and eventually to 16GB) myself. I wanted more storage capacity, but I don't need SSD speed for this machine, so I replaced the single 5400rpm 2.5" 1TB factory drive with two 7200rpm 2.5" HGST drives. Disassembly and reassembly of my brand new Mac mini took less than 30 minutes, using great care to locate, identify, disconnect, disassemble, and then reconnect and reassemble everything, following the included booklet with comprehensive illustrated installation instructions. I also watched the OWC videos available on their YouTube channel on my MacBook Pro as I proceeded, because sometimes watching someone do a task is better than looking at printed words and still photos.
As an added bonus, I was very pleased to discover that OWC included the copper-foil tape needed to minimize USB 3 interference with Bluetooth on late 2012 Mac minis at no additional charge!
Reviewer: AnonymousLocation: Boston, MAAge: 45-54Experience Level: Power UserOwned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5Works as advertised but had some problem with the SSD!August 4, 2016I purchased the data doubler to increase the storage in my Mac Mini. I first installed a 1TB Crucial SSD but I had some strange behavior in that the drive would disappear after a few hours of use and the Mac would crash. Specifically, if I booted from the Crucial/data doubler, i.e. was the boot disk, the Mac would crash. If it was a data disk, I would not be able to see my data disk. I later bought a Mercury SSD sold by OWC. I was told by technical support that it had something to do with the way the other vendor's SSD went to sleep. There was a non-zero probability, it would not wake up until the power was cycled. The Mercury SSD was just fine. The data doubler was easy enough to install. This review is from OWC 'Data Doubler' 2.5" Hard Drive/SSD Installation Kit for Mac mini 2011 - 2012 models..
Reviewer: AnonymousLocation: Bainbridge Island, WAAge: 35-44Experience Level: Power UserOwned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5Just what I neededAugust 4, 2016I wanted to expand my Mac Mini to hold my ever growing media library. This kit and the related 2TB 2.5" drive did the trick. Instructions were clear and easy to follow. The tolerances in the Mac Mini are tight and the OWC parts fit perfectly. Took about an hour and a half and I was up and running. One must be careful, but you can do it with this kit. I would recommend this item to a friend!This review is from OWC 'Data Doubler' 2.5" Hard Drive/SSD Installation Kit for Mac mini 2011 - 2012 models..