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.
Rating: 5/5All the storage you could wantOctober 5, 2014When I bought my MacMini the "Genius" told me I could not upgrade myself and I would have to order a Mini with the options I wanted. So I bought the base model I7 mini and went home and did some surfing. Found OWC and the Data Doubler. This allowed me to install my SSD and a mechanical without having to use the fusion drive. The Mini is a bit trickier to disassemble but with some patience and the online tutorial that OWC has I was able to do it without a hitch. Overall this upgrade is great and will save you a lot of money over ordering a unit with all the factory options. 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: Rome, ITALYAge: 35-44Experience Level: Power UserOwned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5Great product.. Great tutorialSeptember 14, 2014Everything went smooth.. Took me 75 minutes or so. No problems at all.. and every screwdriver or screw or piece of equipment was there.. My Mac runs like never before now! Thank you OWC !!! I even got for free the kit for fixing McMini's Bluetooth problem 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: Burleigh Heads, QLD AustraliaAge: 35-44Experience Level: IT ProfessionalOwned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 3/5Not so happy with this kitAugust 27, 2014For the late 2012 Mac Mini Server I have, I noticed poor Bluetooth after about 9 feet range. I saw this kit and gave it a shot. I don't believe this was the usual high standard of product from OWC and I ended up busting an airport card in the process of fitting the kit. This kit could be improved with better fitting shielding and adhesives. This review is from OWC Bluetooth module shielding kit for Apple Mac mini 2012 models.
Reviewer: AnonymousLocation: Tucson, AZExperience Level: Power UserOwned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5Good Stuff.. To be advised. Really!August 20, 2014I first bought the same product from Hong-Kong via ebay... I spent less for.. something not working. OWC was clever enough to create a YouTube video, which convinced me to buy their PRODUCT after failed experience. And now I have a mac mini with 250gb + 1tb SSD's. TERRIFIC! The Mac mini is the best hardware to run Windows server 2012 Datacenter with 4 virtual machines on it. No jokes. This review is from OWC 'Data Doubler' 2.5" Hard Drive/SSD Installation Kit for Mac mini 2011 - 2012 models..
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Reviewer: AnonymousLocation: IndianaAge: 55-65Experience Level: IT ProfessionalOwned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5What you need to do what you mustAugust 3, 2014The kit had everything I needed to add an SSD drive to my 2012 Mac Mini, including clear instructions printed on a big piece of paper. All the tools, all the little bits, every single thing was included. It took a bit of time and fussing, but I got the drive installed correctly the first try, and now have useful little tools left over. Why did I never buy a spudger before?
The tools aren't professional grade, but they aren't intended to serve for a lifetime. Gets the job done and keeps the cost down.
Reviewer: AnonymousLocation: BrisbaneAge: 45-54Experience Level: HobbiestOwned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5Awesome & Easy Upgrade SolutionJuly 13, 2014Being a newbie to Mac's, I was a bit wary of this DIY kit for adding an extra HDD. But it all went smoothly, All the tools were included in the kit & instructions were easy to read. My new SSD drive went in without a drama. All I can say is read the instructions carefully before doing the upgrade, it will be worth it 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: AustraliaAge: 45-54Experience Level: HobbiestOwned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5Works a treatJune 28, 2014I got this "Data Doubler" kit to upgrade my Mac Mini with a Samsung SSD while keeping the old HD as a data drive. Everything went well with the install except for one thing. When fitting the 2nd HD (an SSD in my case) you are given 4 grommets and 4 screws to fix the new drive into the spare area of the HD support. When refitting the HD support back into the Mac Mini case one of the HD mounting screws (RH fwd when view from the rear) interferes with a locating pin inside the case and made it difficult to refit the retaining screw for the HD support without stressing things. In the end I removed that screw and also the grommet and the HD support fitted in easily. Everything you need is in the kit and the instructions supplied are first class. This upgrade kit is a no brainer. The performance jump after fitting my SSD is amazing. Well worth the cost of the upgrade. I always considered my Mac Mini to be a bit of a slug. It seemed far slower than my less powerful PC but the SSD upgrade has transformed it. 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: Northern ILAge: 45-54Experience Level: IT ProfessionalOwned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5Nice little kit, worked almost flawlesslyMay 30, 2014I purchased this kit from another supplier and found out that the supplier was from China. Since it was going to be another month before I get that kit, I purchased the kit from MacSales.
The torx driver handles are a little smaller that I would like, but they worked just fine. The cable, grommets and screws worked just fine.
The video was wonderful. I used a different computer to go through the video stopping it along the way to make sure I was unscrewing the correct screws, doing all the correct things.
One problem I ran into was the wireless antenna grid did NOT want to go back correctly, but eventually I got it back in where I could put in all the screws.
One item to note. Before putting the cowling back on, MAKE SURE THAT THE ORIGINAL HARD DRIVE SATA CABLE IS PLUGGED IN AND DID NOT POP OUT. I ran into the problem and had to take it back apart again because the SATA cable popped out during reinstallation of the wireless grid, causing the dreaded folder with a question mark on startup. Once I got that figured out and rechecked it 3 times, I was able to get everything installed.
It would have been nice to have had a hex driver included with the kit, instead of using the torn 8 driver.
Reviewer: AnonymousLocation: Dunedin, New ZealandAge: 45-54Experience Level: IT ProfessionalOwned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5Be careful to order the right oneApril 28, 2014I ordered this kit, but upon opening, found that there was a rare version of the Mac Mini that needed a different mounting bracket, and of course, that was the one I possessed. All was not lost, however, as I had a second Mac Mini which the kit was suited for and so installed in this one instead. I made two blunders when installing: the first was to dislodge the IR sensor (no great loss) and the second was to not slot the LED light at the front in properly. These were my fault and were not the caused by the kit from OWC. I found the installation for the Mac Mini a lot more fiddly than installing an SSD in my Macbook Pro using OWC’s data doubler. My advice: order the right one and take your time when installing. 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..
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Reviewer: AnonymousLocation: Miami, FloridaAge: Over 65Experience Level: Home UserOwned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5perfect for my mac mini 2011April 28, 2014I would recommend this item to a friend!
Reviewer: AnonymousLocation: Hong KongAge: Over 65Experience Level: HobbiestOwned Product: over 6 months
Reviewer: AnonymousLocation: San Diego, CAAge: 45-54Experience Level: HobbiestOwned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5The Right StuffFebruary 22, 2014I purchased a brand new 2012 MacMini with this installation in mind. I purchased a 256 SSD drive and used the Apple existing 1TB drive as a backup and storage drive. I reformatted both drives and installed Mavericks from a bootable USB clip drive. The hardware installation is an advanced procedure, but the directions that came with the purchase were right on the money. The unit looked like brand new. All parts fit back in perfectly. Saved a lot of money with DIY and couldn't be happier. 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: Saudi Arabia , KHAge: 25-34Experience Level: Home UserOwned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5Fantastic Product ..!!February 10, 2014I recommended this product for anyone is planning to upgrade the hard drive for the mac mini , Professional toolskit .. good packaging ,,
Rating: 5/5Not easy but it worked outJanuary 5, 2014I wish I had another Mac mini to do this again on, because only after doing it once do I feel that I knew what I was doing. The mini is very tight inside, with lots of very fiddly connectors. A lot of care has to be taken to not break them when disconnecting (I was *very* paranoid), and to get them hooked up when reassembling. Also, I had the hardest time getting the thing buttoned up. If everything isn't lined up precisely, it's not going to work. But after spending about 45 minutes on a single step, I got all the screws in, and it booted up fine and the DIY Fusion drive is now working great.
I would not suggest you do this if you do not have a free afternoon to spend on it, and a good attention to details and following instructions. Just pay the $100 to OWC and get the piece of mind. But it is doable.
On the kit side, I would have preferred if the T6 and T8 were labelled. Also, the other two screwdrivers seemed entirely unused. So a bit of a waste.
Rating: 5/5Very good quality productDecember 31, 2013I first purchased a kit on Amazon which was coming from China. The cable was very thin and prone to be broken or damaged compared to the one I received from OWC and although it worked with a hard disk, a SSD was very very slow. I first suspected the SSD to be faulty but after having it returned an getting one from another brand, I had the same problem. So I decided to go for more quality. I received the cable in France in 13 days by usual mail. The packing was perfect with two padded enveloppes. After having installed my SSD with the OWC cable, it worked at once flawlessly.
Final advice : don't always look for the best price, look for best quality !
I would recommend this item to a friend!
Reviewer: AnonymousLocation: IlAge: 35-44Experience Level: GamerOwned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5I'm happyDecember 17, 2013I am happy with the purchase which was also purchased with the SSD
I am not sure why everyone says adding the ssd with the doubler is not for the faint at heart. Was easy as eating. I have never owned a mack and this mac mini is my first, never even opened it and I was able to do it in 20 mins. removing everything and installing and back together in 20 was not that complicated. The only thing that took a few mins was getting the power disconnected due to the angle you are working other then that the tools supplied worked fine.
As most have said just take your time and be gentle other then that a baby could take this a part with no instructions.
The best part is OCW is right in my back yard locally