Don't forget to like and share if all this information has been helpful, that would be awesome Normally we start these guides with why an SSD is fast, and why it will change your life. All Mac Mini users know this, they are use to sqeezing the most out of their machine to be more productive.
When ordering from Upgradeable, it is important to let use know you are upgrading a Mac Mini. Type your model number in the customer notes at checkout. This helps us provide you with all the right tools. The way we structure these guides is by using our "Four R method". It is named this way because each step starts with the letter R.
The idea is to present all the different ways to upgrade your Mini in a methodical and easy to remember format. If you need more detailed information or need help planning an upgrade, then please use our awesome customer service team. Yes, they answer the phone, like to be challenged with hard questions, and don't mind answering the easy ones too. There are no silly questions at Upgradeable, we are happy to help, even if it is just to make sure you are ordering the right product.
Migration Assistant Time Machine Features. All you need are tools and the SSD! You can either restore a whole back up, which includes macOS or you can migrate using the Time Machine after installing a new macOS. Warning: If you have a mechanical hard drive with High Sierra or Mojave formatted as Extended Journal then you can not restore from Time Machine, you must clone. Detailed explanation here. Remove your old hard drive, and install SSD.
We provide detailed printed instructions when you order an SSD, just include your Mac Mini model in the notes at checkout. If you have a wifi time capsule make sure it is turned on. Restart your Mac holding down the Option key. This tells the Mac to find all disks attached that it can boot from. It will recognise the Time Machine and display the icon on screen.
As the drive is shipped to you unformatted, you need to initialise the SSD to get it ready for the transfer of data. There is an option after you click into Time Machine called Disk Utility. Click apply and this will format the SSD. After formatting the drive your Time Machine back ups should be onscreen.
Choose the latest, and the Mac will ask if you want to restore back up? Time Machine will now start restoring onto the new SSD. It will take a while, approximately gb per hour. These are instructions for to Mac Mini. Cloning allows you to make an exact copy of current hard drive to the new the SSD. The benefit is software does not have to be reinstalled. The process is largely automatic and the cloning takes hours depending on the size of your drive.
Download and Install SuperDuper! As the drive is shipped to you unformatted, you need to initialise the SSD to get it ready for the cloning by initialising the SSD. Clone your hard drive using SuperDuper!. When cloning is complete, power off your Mac and replace the hard drive with the newly cloned SSD. We ship detailed printed instructions with your SSD order. Cloning is an excellent way to quickly copy your current drive onto a new SSD. The Mac Mini shipped a M. The M. We ship detailed printed instructions with your SSD.
All the tools and installer USB you need are included. The MacOS Utility page will appear. We are not installing a new operating system but using Disk Utilities to clone. Click on Restore button on top menu. If you require a different version like High Sierra please specify in the notes section on checkout. Sometimes a Mac needs a fresh start. Either you feel your Mac is compromised with malware, or multiple OS upgrades have taken it's toll. Whatever the reason, Apple makes it possible to reinstall macOS.
This method takes a little bit of planning. Recovery Mode is installing the macOS from a Time Machine or a Mac drive recovery partition such as your old hard drive.
If you are using Recovery mode, plug in your Time Machine or Mac drive, restart the Mac holding down the option key. Select Time Machine or recovery disk. This is to be avoided, turn off power to abort, as the macOS it will install is the earlier version that originally shipped with your Mac. See How to install a macOS for detailed information. There are many options when starting fresh. You can install the current version of macOS or a later version that is more compatible with your apps and programs.
You do not have to connect to another Mac, you can connect to a Time Machine or external startup disk to transfer files! If you want advice or check with an expert, please call, chat or email. The and Mac Minis not server version can have two drives by replacing the optical drive with a Datadoubler bracket. Turn your Mac Mini into the server version. Please watch installation videos first to make sure you are comfortable do a complicated install. Alternatively, Upgradeable offers an instore installation service. Fit the new drive on the Datadoubler bracket.
Remove optical drive DVD and replace with the Datadoubler. We recommend watching installation videos first. You should now have two drives: your old hard drive and the new SSD in the optical bay. Power on your Mac Mini holding down the option key this starts the boot manager and shows all drive you can boot from. Your old hard drive should appear onscreen as a device to boot from. Select and start up macOS. The new SSD needs to be initialised formatted.
Click on Erase. Give the new drive a name such as "Macintosh SSD". You need to choose format type usually Extended Journaled. The drive is now ready to be used.
Will you be cloning your old drive onto the new SSD? If you are cloning, install SuperDuper! There are now two bootable drives, you need to make sure macOS uses the right one! It is a good idea to use the new SSD for a while. Make sure everything is ok. If you do not need the 2nd drive as a backup and the new SSD is working perfectly you can erase the original drive in Disk Utility. The 2nd drive can be use as a Time Machine for back ups or use as internal storage. This upgrade is complicated, so we provide printed illustrated guides and free phone tech support if you need help. The and non server Mac Mini models Mac Minis can have a second drive installed.
Upgradeable sell a kit that includes all the tools, accessories and cables you need. Please watch installation videos first to make sure you are comfortable with this complicated install. One of our steps below show you how to check. It is not a big issue, the same cable is used but in a different way. To check the drives location, open Disk Utility and click on the grey drive icon at the left edge of the window.
Click the "Info" button on the toolbar. A window will open. Scroll to the "Location" item; if you see "Lower" Do a standard installation. If it lists "Upper" then watch this install video and you will need a small wrench. Fit the new drive in the lower or upper bay which ever is empty, should be "upper". Full printed instructions are included with order. We recommend watching the installation videos first.
You should now have two drives installed. Upgradeable sells kits that can add a second drive to both option 1.
In addition, the system resources required to error correct corrupted data that is being buffered in the RAM significantly slows computer performance resulting in a more awkward and less liquid presentation. And a larger 2. The GB is as fast as the 2TB. Holding down the option key and restarting the Mac goes into boot manager, and you can see all the drives the Mac can boot from. The reason why is quite something.
If you want a second drive, there is a SATA port on the motherboard. You can replace your SATA drive with a faster 2. There is no room in the model for two SATA drives as in previous models. To add a second drive you must add a PCIe cable. There is a free PCIe port on the motherboard. You can replace the SATA drive with a 2. All these upgrades are complicated, but we do provide printed illustrated guides and free phone tech support if you need help. These SSD drives are a standard 2. The model also had a SATA option, please see our notes on upgrading.
Proprietary here means an industry standard NVME drive is not compatible. Not everyone wants to do their own installation. We offer an installation service at our Sydney Pymble office. An Apple qualified technician does all our hardware and software work. We match Crucial's warranty, so our labour warranty is also 3 years. This means if you have to claim your Crucial warranty, we will not charge a second installation fee!
How can I get my new SSD installed? Below we have a full range of SSD drives with installation included. Just choose the size you want, there are no hidden extras. The price you see is the price you pay. In Store Services Menu. These are the kits or parts you need for a successful installation of your SSD. Add to your cart what you need with the SSD you have chosen. When checking out, don't forget to tell us in the customer notes which Macbook or Macbook pro you have, and we will include full printed instructions. All key commands now install the original macOS that came with your Mac.
For example; if you have an older Mac that shipped with Lion, then internet recovery will install that version on your Mac. The only way to get a newer version of macOS is via macOS Utilities on Time Machine or a recovery partition on a Mac drive such as your old hard drive. From mid , most Macs shipped with part of the macOS embedded in the logic board. This allowed the Mac to do an Internet Recovery, go to the Apple website, download some software, and boot to the macOS Utilities page. From this page you could initialise a new drive and install the latest macOS.
Changes from the release of High Sierra mean that the only macOS you can install via Internet Recovery is the version you have embedded on your logic board the macOS that shipped with your Mac. We are still testing different scenerios, if you have experienced something different, please let us know. Why is this an issue? From Sierra and High Sierra, Apple has a new drive format structure. To control how the latest macOS is installed, Apple has locked down ways to install it. With the dramatics out of the way, there are various ways to install macOS on your Mac, Apple provides many options.
This quick guide is designed to answer questions you have and provide a bit of clarity on the different processes. This is based on our experience and is always being revised. If you can add to these guides, please contact us accordingly. If you don't have a Time Machine or a working mac drive with the latest macOS then you only have one option. So if your drive or Time Machine was created with Sierra, then that is the macOS you can download and install. You can not install High Sierra or Mojave.
The latest macOS is only available via an upgrade path. To use Time Machine restart your Mac while holding down the option key. Using your old drive to get a new macOS Your current hard drive will most likely have a recovery partition. This should make the Mac boot from the recovery partition. If a spinning globe of the world appears, then it is going to Apple website to install an older version of MacOS, so cancel that operation or shut the Mac down via a hard power off hold down power button. You need to restart holding down the option key, select the recovery partition on the drive that appear.
Hold down the option key and reboot the Mac. Holding down the option key loads the boot manager and the Time Machine drive should appear onscreen. You will have the option of installing a new macOS there are also options to restore from Time Machine and Disk Utility. Your Mac is not seeing the Time Machine. Make sure there is a physical connection not wifi. Is the Time Machine turned on? All MacOS software is delivered digitally. If you have original software media for an macOS like Snow Leopard you can install that software and then upgrade via the App Store to the current version.
Use the current MacOS upgrade guide for more information. You can buy from an Apple Store or calling Apple Support. If you have disconnected the battery, the date could have reset. Part of macOS Utilities is Terminal. It is found as an option in the top menu. Select Terminal. If you are connected to the internet then type: ntpdate -u time. If not, then use this manual method: date which is February 1st or 8pm So mmddhhmiyy all two digits. Either there is an old partition on Time Machine or on the Mac drive.
Apple and most of the internet recommends this method, however it does not give you control over which partition the Mac recovers from. Holding down the option key and restarting the Mac goes into boot manager, and you can see all the drives the Mac can boot from. This is interesting from a capacity standpoint, since some higher-GB drives are However, the Mini was designed to have an air gap between the hard disk and DVD drive, and a And a larger 2.
Therefore, any crazy disk drive dreams that also include leaving the Mini and its DVD drive in the original case are right out. All is not lost, however! Removing the SuperDrive leaves room for up to two 2. Without the SuperDrive in the way, a 2. So there you have it! But for quite a bit less, I suspect that a 2.
A stripe set of disk drives poorly mounted in a tiny chassis without a properly-engineered cooling or power system is a recipe for disaster. Your disks will fail, and your data will be lost! Note: Some of these links include affiliate codes that help pay for this blog. For example, buying an Amazon Kindle with this link sends a few bucks my way!