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.
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 OWC Upgrade Service for Mac mini.
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: AnonymousLocation: Ajax, OnAge: Over 65Experience Level: Home UserOwned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5Data Doubler was a perfect upgradeJanuary 16, 2016This was a no brainer and easy to do no I have a Mac Mini with 2 1Tb SSD drives in it thanks to OWC... Thanks so much for suppling us with great upgrades for our Apple products.... Love you guys too bad you did not have a store in Toronto would be in there every other week.... 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..
Reviewer: AnonymousLocation: ChicagoAge: 45-54Experience Level: Power UserOwned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5Very good hardware and fool proof instructions.January 14, 2016Replacing a hard drive in the Mini isn't for the beginner, but having said that, it's not rocket science. The kit and instructions and included tools are perfect if you're careful. And you'll LOVE the speed of a new SSD. 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..
Reviewer: AnonymousLocation: Kristiansund NorwayAge: 45-54Experience Level: Power UserOwned Product: less than a month
Reviewer: AnonymousLocation: SGAge: 25-34Experience Level: IT ProfessionalOwned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5Product works as advertised and easy to install.December 13, 2015Item is well boxed and it includes instruction manual! Easy to install, I have configured mine using Fusion drive Samsung Evo 850 500gb and a Hitachi 500 HDD. Highly recommended for Mac Mini 2012. My next upgrade...is to replace HDD drive :) 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..
Reviewer: AnonymousLocation: MontanaExperience Level: Power UserOwned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5A "Must" PurchaseOctober 14, 2015This kit coupled with an SSD is a NO BRAINER. The install is easy when following the OWC on-line video. All the necessary tools are included. You won't believe the speed and performance coming out of that little Mac Mini box. We've installed these in 2 of our 2012, quad-core i7 minis (16 gigs RAM). 300 megabyte Photoshop files or 60 page InDesign files are no problem….and did I say fast? 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..
Rating: 5/5Awesome, can't go wrongOctober 1, 2015This product is a complete set even it says upper it includes the lower drive as well so you can't go wrong. i did not get any issue installing and manual or installation instruction was very precise and easy. It has also a bonus copper sticker for shielding bluetooth -instruction is also in the manual. Delivery was fast. 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..
Reviewer: AnonymousExperience Level: IT ProfessionalOwned Product: less than a month
Reviewer: AnonymousLocation: HollywoodAge: 55-65Experience Level: Home UserOwned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5Easy installation-great designJuly 17, 2015I have to admit I truly HATE opening any Mac. There's usually problems from the beginning. If you've ever had to crack a Mac open, you know what I'm talking about! However, that being said-I have to admit that this time, the surprise was that this add-on was actually very easy to install. Instructions were perfectly clear and there were no surprises (like not having the tools for the job), because they're included! Love the extra storage space now, and don't really miss the dvd drive-if I really need to use one, I attach an inexpensive external one and I'm all set. Kudos to whoever the designer(s) was/were that came-up with this little kit. They paid attention to the details and made a quality product for non-techie-types to be able to do a job that SHOULD be this simple! I'd love to see Apple hire them to design the next mac mini-that way cracking the case on one wouldn't be such a painful process! THANK YOU OWC for making the data doubler part of your regular inventory! 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..
Rating: 5/5Very nice packageJuly 5, 2015OWC has thought of everything.
The kit contains everything that you need to add in a second hard drive. The only thing it doesn't have is a hex key.
The videos are also really detailed - though they make the process look easier than it actually is.
Reviewer: AnonymousExperience Level: HobbiestOwned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5Tricky install, good directionsJune 18, 2015The meat of this product is essentially a cable and the tools & instructions to use it- I was happy with all of the above. This product is inherently tricky to install, as you have to take nearly Everything out of your mini to get to the 'upper' drive bay, including the logic board!. The provided installation manual was spot on & made the process much easier than it would have been without. This install is still not for those unsure of their abilities, and I recommend a quiet spot away from too many distractions. One bump in the road with my install- the SATA connector slipped partway off the new drive during re-assembly, causing the machine to not see the drive when I booted it back up. I had to tear it back down all the way and reattach the cable. Being more watchful the second time, it stayed on and everything works fine now (writing this from my now speedier mini ;) ). The speed difference under Yosemite with a SSD is very noticeable with boot time, logging in & out, and app launch times much smaller. 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..
Rating: 5/5quality products and servicesMay 31, 2015At first, I thought the price was a bit high for what it was. However, after receiving the package I enjoyed the quality of the items and the care they took to prepare the installation instructions. Every little detail and warning, including exceptions, were carefully indicated in the manual. Big nice colourful pictures were in the manual and the online videos were also very helpful. My second hard drive on my mac mini is working perfectly. I would certainly recommend it to anyone. 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..
Reviewer: AnonymousAge: 45-54Experience Level: IT ProfessionalOwned Product: 1-3 months
Reviewer: AnonymousLocation: SW ArkansasAge: 55-65Experience Level: HobbiestOwned Product: less than a month
Rating: 2/5Improvement but not perfectMay 2, 2015The series of computers this is designed for has known issues with usb 3 and bluetooth interference. The fault lies with the computer mfg. for such a major oversight in this area. While this shielding kit was very easy to implement due to the great tutorial videos, it could have been better it the necessary hex driver was included in lieu of using the star driver that is included. Now for results, it is an improvement BUT, it is still not possible to stack these units with the computer if you plan on using usb 3 and a bluetooth keyboard and mouse. To prevent interference the drives and computer have to be separated by at least 8 inches and not located between the computer and the keyboard. It is a shame that such a perfect stackable drive can't be stacked with the computer it was primarily designed for while using usb 3 and bluetooth devices. I would recommend this item to a friend!This review is from OWC Bluetooth module shielding kit for Apple Mac mini 2012 models.
Rating: 5/5Pretty easy install - Incredibly usefulApril 10, 2015Arrived in no-frills packaging, good enough to protect the contents and not too much as to be wasteful, though it did come with a full color thick printed manual for the install guide. The guide was spot on and every step had a clear picture of which screws to remove or component to press/turn/pull/etc, I just wished it had come with a PDF (or QR code on the envelope to load on my phone?) to be more environmentally friendly.
With the clear pictures and a step-by-simple-step guide, installation was straightforward, if not time consuming. But in the end I was set up with my own fusion drive and my Mac Mini is now super fast!
Reviewer: AnonymousLocation: San Diego, CAAge: 55-65Experience Level: Home UserOwned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5Data Double Kit for Mac MiniMarch 2, 2015This kit contains everything that you need to add a second hard-drive to the Mac Mini. The instructions are well written and watching the video is a plus because this installation can be a bit challenging the first time around. Once you've done it once, doing it again is a snap! Be careful to keep track of the screws and where they go. I ran into one 'gotcha' because I got distracted part way through the dis-assembly process. The T6 screw that secures the fan cowling actually screws into the head of another screw just below it. That screw secures the heat-sink assembly on the logic board. By mistake, I removed the screw that secured the heat-sink assembly and upon re-assembly, I had a problem trying to re-install the fan cowling. The screw appeared to be too short. Nothing made sense until I compared my Mac Mini to another Mac Mini and discovered my mistake. It was very ingenious of Apple to thread a hole for the fan cowling screw into the head of the heat-sink screw, but very confusing if you trip up here. 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..
Reviewer: AnonymousLocation: Suffolk, UKAge: Over 65Experience Level: IT ProfessionalOwned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5Fabulous bit of kitFebruary 23, 2015This bit of kit is excellent. Contains al the instructions, all the necessary bits, and along with the links to the videoclips, is all you need. In my case, I had a drive in the upper position - that I had to replace, and also a drive to put in the lower position. Two new drives in other words. Went like a charm. The Mini 2012 is one very tight fitting sucker I'll say that. So take your time. ... I only have one spare little screw left over.!! No idea where it was originally, and could not find anywhere to screw it into to, although it was somewhere. I highly recommend this kit, but it's not for the taint hearted. 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..