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OWC DIY Installation Kit
Includes: OWC Data Doubler Mounting Kit and Tools
for Mac mini 2011 & 2012 Models

Upgrade for Mac mini
Get more storage when you add a second drive into your Mac.
Includes a mounting kit to add a second internal drive into your Mac.
Add a second internal drive
Running out of storage space in your Mac mini or looking to improve performance with an OWC SSD? Now you can add a second 9.5mm or smaller 2.5" SATA Hard Drive or Solid State Drive (sold separately) to your 2011 & 2012 Mac mini.

The Toolkit includes the following:
The Right Tools for the Job
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 model, you will want to determine the configuration of your Mac mini's drives prior to ordering.

~To do this using OS X 10.10 or earlier~
Open Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility.app and click on the grey drive icon at the left edge of the window. If the "Connection ID" at the bottom-left corner of the window lists "Lower", you may proceed using the standard installation instructions. If it lists "Upper" then you have a special configuration which will need additional components, and you will need to also refer to the Addendum video.

~To do this using OS X 10.11 or later~
Open Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility.app and click on the grey drive icon at the left edge of the window. Next click the "Info" button on the toolbar. A window will open. Scroll to the "Location" item; if you see "Lower" you may proceed using the standard installation instructions. If it lists "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.
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 NewerTech Product Limited Warranty.

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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

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.8 / 5 141 out of 151 (93%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: SuperBeard Location: Southwest Florida Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Right Tool for the Right Job!!! November 18, 2016 I 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!!

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Reviewer: WillbuyOWCproducts Location: Texas Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Love the results November 13, 2016 This products functions exactly as is is supposed to function.

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Reviewer: RatCityPNW Location: Seattle Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Simplistic and Elegant November 7, 2016 What a great product. Simple design, great instructions, and wonderful way to increase your mac mini storage. Worth every penny.

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Reviewer: oneofthejohns Location: Portland, OR
Rating: 5/5 Really amazing October 23, 2016 I 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:

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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

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

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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.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY Kit: Data Doubler + 120GB Electra 6G SSD Bundle for Mac mini 2011 and 2012 models.. Customer Videos:

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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.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY Kit: Data Doubler + 1.0TB Electra 6G SSD Bundle for Mac mini 2011 and 2012 models.. Customer Videos:

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Reviewer: Professor Location: Upstate NY Age: Over 65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 New Life to Old Mac Mini September 4, 2016 MacSales/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! This review is from DIY Kit: 'Data Doubler' 2.5" Hard Drive/SSD Mounting Kit for Mac mini 2011, 2012 & Later Models. Customer Videos:

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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.

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

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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

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

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Reviewer: Mdwycyoff Location: Indiana Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Doubled internal HDD storage using this kit August 13, 2016 In 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!

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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.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY Kit: Data Doubler + 480GB Electra 6G SSD Bundle for Mac mini 2011 and 2012 models.. Customer Videos:

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Boston, MA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Works as advertised but had some problem with the SSD! August 4, 2016 I 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.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Bainbridge Island, WA Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Just what I needed August 4, 2016 I 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!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Camarillo, CA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 OWC DIY Data Doubler kit for Mac Mini July 29, 2016 A must need if one is adding a 2nd hard drive to Mac Mini.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY Kit: 'Data Doubler' 2.5" Hard Drive/SSD Mounting Kit for Mac mini 2011, 2012 & Later Models.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Camarillo, CA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 OWC Data Doubler for Mac Mini July 29, 2016 A must need if you are adding a 2nd hard drive to your Mac Mini. The OWC videos make the process that much easier as well.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Seattle Age: 25-34 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Upgrade Successful! July 26, 2016 I picked up a Macmini (late 2014 model) with the integrated PCIe SSD drive. Having only 250 gigs on it, i found myself lacking space. Ordered this little kit, along with a standard 1TB 5400RPM HDD and installed it. Installation instructions are slightly different, but they are 90% accurate for the 2014 model mac mini. Did that installation, and made a fusion drive. Boom. Done. Good Times. The only thing that would be nice to add for the kit to accommodate for the 2014 models would be a fastening plate and screw to better secure the connection at the board (there is a spot for it on the mac mini mobo). I am typing up this review on that computer, so i can say that its working great. No noticeable speed loss on the machine either which is nice.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY Kit: 'Data Doubler' 2.5" Hard Drive/SSD Mounting Kit for Mac mini 2011, 2012 & Later Models.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: new brunswick n.b. canada Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 great works fine July 22, 2016 I would recommend this item to a friend!
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Beogad,Srbija Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Essential for Mini July 8, 2016 Bulletproof packaging with all explained in words and pictures, about 30 min of work and my Mini is faster and expand for serious job + serious problem with USB 3.0 and Bluetooth finally fixed with one stripe. All tolls for future work and software support is just perfect

All in all R e c o m e n d e d!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Michigan Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Simple, Simple Simple! July 8, 2016 My Mac Mini is a 2011 model, so it was already setup to accept another drive. I used this kit to hold a new SSD which I then transfered (using Time Machine), the OS and all of my data. It was almost TOO easy if that's possible.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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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.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY Kit: Data Doubler + 1.0TB Electra 6G SSD Bundle for Mac mini 2011 and 2012 models..

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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.

This review is from DIY Kit: Data Doubler + 240GB Electra 6G SSD Bundle for Mac mini 2011 and 2012 models..

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Arizona Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 4/5 Do your self a favor and get the full kit with the tools June 11, 2016 I wound up having to order the pack with the tools. I would have done better to purchase the tools right at first. but....OWC got the tools to me more in more of a matter of hours than days. Get the full kit with the tools.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY Kit: 'Data Doubler' 2.5" Hard Drive/SSD Mounting Kit for Mac mini 2011, 2012 & Later Models.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Arizona Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Get the tools June 5, 2016 I initially thought I had enough tools to handle this on my own so I purchased just the ribbon adapter. After getting in there I realized that Mac Mini is very delicate and so I went ahead and ordered the tools. Do yourself a favor and either get the tools or pay OWC to do it for you. Mac Mini is nothing like a Power Mac or a Mac Pro. Its very very delicate inside.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Gothenburg, Sweden Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Tricky install, but worth it! May 21, 2016 First of all. This is not for newbies. Have you not opened and put together a computer before, I would say this is not for you. Call a friend though! ;)

One does not have to be a professional but pretty experienced, there are simple step by step instructions (with photos) on how to disassemble your Mac Mini, install it and – YES – the instructions take you step by step on putting it BACK TOGETHER as well. That is unusual, so this is a great feature by OWC. However there are steps that might need a bit of twerking, creative thinking and lots and lots of patience.

You will need to take the Mac Mini apart to the last piece. Which is so much fun! :)

This product is just great. Who would have known Apple actually designed the Mac Mini to fit two drives in the first place. All you need is the extra cable (included), tools (included) and some rubber and screws (included). And the drive of course.

I took an extra step: MOVED the original spinning drive to the second place, and installed a NEW SSD as the first disk. I think OWC should have this in their instructions as an extra optional sidestep. And there are some small steps that could have more detailed images and tips. Perhaps it comes in an updated manual :)

For Swedes: NO moms or taxes was added on my import :)

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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