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Bluetooth module shielding kit

For Apple Mac mini 2012 models
The 2012 Mac mini is a great machine, but we have found one small issue with it. Some units may not have proper shielding applied internally on the Bluetooth module and thus can experience interference from USB 3.0 drives.

This situation appears to be due to the specific placement of shielding which can vary from unit to unit. As a result, some mini users may experience diminished and/or up to total loss of Bluetooth use even at very short range.

The OWC Bluetooth Shielding Kit is a simple, DIY solution that substantially improves Bluetooth range. It comes complete with all tools, instructions, and a special EMI shielding foil with non-conductive adhesive. After installing this kit, you should experience improved functional Bluetooth range up to 20 feet.

For full details about the Mac mini 2012 Bluetooth issues
please read our blog post.

Product Specifications

  • Manufacturer Part Number: OWCDIYIMM12BTS

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.

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Customer Ratings

Write a Review 3.3 / 5 2 out of 3 (67%) reviewers would recommend this product
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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!

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: 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.

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: 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! 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: 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! 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: 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! 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: 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! 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: 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! 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: 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! 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: 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! 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: Anonymous Location: New York Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great For Rejuvenating A Mac Mini May 16, 2016 My good old dependable 2011 Mac Mini had slowed down to a crawl when booting. I bought and installed the fusion drive with the provided tools and documentation. Now the Mac Mini is working great again, faster than ever! I kept the old drive inside the Mac Mini and use it for both backups and OS X beta testing. Happiness achieved.

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

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Adelaide SA Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Great product May 13, 2016 This is great way of utilising that extra space in the Mac Mini.

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..

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Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 Great ! May 5, 2016 Made My Upgrade Easy Now I Run 2 ssd Drives One OSx And One Windows 10

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: Anonymous Location: Bali, Indonesia Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Hobbiest Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 The dual HDD-SSD really worthed April 28, 2016 I really want to have a big large space for my mac mini 2012... but I want it fast with SSD... SO this is it, I placed an order in early April and choosed the mail shipping. Today it came with a bonus inside, thanks OWC the instalation is the same as the manual guide... there is also video on OWC and youtube... I got what I want, my mac mini is fast with SSD and it big because 1TB hdd... Thanks

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: Anonymous Location: Brooklyn, NY Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Excellent product April 19, 2016 The data doubler kit fit perfectly, the instructions were very clear and the tools included in the version I bought were good enough to do several installations. Too early to know if the heat from two HD's in one enclosure will shorten the drives' lifespan but Apple did sell a version of the Mac Mini Server with two drives so am hopeful that it won't be an issue.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from DIY Kit: Data Doubler + 2.0TB Hard Drive Bundle for Mac mini 2011 and 2012 models..

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Barcelona, Spain Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Excellent product and instructions April 11, 2016 I Received my Kit last week and was looking forward to the weekend to do the upgrade. But was a bit worried after reading the instructions and watching the videos and thought it would be too dangerous to do.

It was perfect! I followed all the instructions and changed my old Mac MIni 500GB HD for a 2TB drive and a 120GB Flash drive.. it all went great and in less than 1 hour I was working with the new 2 HD MacMini.

Would highly recomend this product to anyone looking to upgrade their Mini.

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: Anonymous Location: Ottawa, Canada Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Like a new computer April 9, 2016 I took my old Mac Mini that I was getting close to replacing and thought I would try a 240Gb SSD for my OS and use my old hard drive for extra storage. Along with this I went from 8Gb to 16Gb of RAM.

It's really like a brand new computer that just flies. I should have done this years ago.

Switching out hard drives is not really for the non-technical but the video tutorial is very complete.

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: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 Excellent April 8, 2016 Instructions were solid and made it much easier to install.

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: Anonymous
Rating: 4/5 It would be otherwise impossible. April 6, 2016 This is not for the faint of heart and there is definitely patience, R'ing TFM and a suitably Zen approach to taking your mac to bits involved. That being said the kit did everything possible to help including specialist tools and *really* *good* instructions.

Only four stars because the experience itself is really quite trouser filling.

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: Anonymous Location: Vermont Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Good product, tricky install February 21, 2016 I did it. So that's about the best review you can get I guess. It went together and booted up! I was so happy to hear that Apple Mac bootup chime.

One tiny mistake I made was this: OWC gives you a bluetooth antenna deflector shield (a tiny piece of sticky-back aluminum). I made a note in the instructions where to install it (it's not in the ORIGINAL instructions, but an addendum piece of paper). Sure enough, I slid the motherboard back, attached the power wire (the hardest wire to detach in the entire operation), turned the page and saw the note that said "but wait. before you attach the power wire...". Anyway, I had to remove the wire again, which as I said is the hardest part of the entire thing.

Another thing to remember: To format an El Capitan hard drive for Raid, you can't use the standard "hold option while booting" method. That particular version of Disk Utility doesn't include raid!! You have to press Option-Control-R. THAT version of recovery is actually an older one (from Mavericks) that DOES include the RAID options. I did mine in Raid1 stripe mode. Disadvantage: if one drive fails you lose everything. Advantage: it's faster and you get a larger drive.

The key to this kit is the EXCELLENT instructions which really make it worth doing. Also, watch the video before you start.

P.S. I once replaced the battery in an iPhone5 (using a kit from iFixit). That was much harder, for anyone familiar with the iPhone. The screws inside the mac mini are HUGE in comparison to the ones inside an iPhone.

I made an El Capitan boot disk from instructions found on the google, on MacWorld website. http://www.macworld.com/article/2981585/operating-systems/how-to-make-a-bootable-os-x-10-11-el-capitan-installer-drive.html

Very handy boot disk to have, especially if one of my drives dies and I have to rebuild it again.

Good luck!.

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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