In my opinion, going the Time Machine route is a better idea when starting fresh with an SSD, and it costs nothing. You just turn off and unplug your iMac, swap the drives, then hold Command-R down on the keyboard when first restarting your Mac. This will let you start using your iMac right away after the drive is swapped, without waiting hours for Time Machine, and for better or worse pretty much guarantees that every one of your files and potentially plenty of cruft will be exactly where it was before.
For users with plans to swap an optical drive for an SSD, nothing needs to be done to prep software beforehand. Eight Torx screws need to be removed, which is barely challenging at all.
Figure out which orientation the SSD needs to be on relative to the 2. Trim — automatic recycling of SSD space freed up by deleting files — is a background task performed by your Mac.
Lift the ear of the fan nearest the RAM up off the standoff secured to the outer case. Removing the standoff screw is not necessary to remove the fan.
You need only raise the fan enough to lift it off the standoff screw. Carefully pull the fan cables upward to lift the fan connector up out of its socket on the logic board. It can be difficult to get the hard drive seated correctly such that the antenna plate fits in place correctly. If the screw holes don't line up with those on the hard drive, make sure that the two pins that are in the back of the hard drive are properly seated in the holes at the back of the case, above the housing for the second hard drive. The antenna attaches directly to the hard drive red markers , therefore attaching the antenna can move the hard drive around and loosen the connection of the hard drive cable to the logic board.
Internal Hard Drives and SSDs
Do not remove the antenna plate yet. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the hard drive connector up from its socket on the logic board. Use the tip of a spudger to lift the IR sensor connector up and out of its socket on the logic board. To remove the logic board, the two cylindrical rods of the Mac Mini Logic Board Removal Tool must be inserted into the holes highlighted in red. Inserting instruments into any logic board holes other than the ones highlighted in red may destroy the logic board. Be sure it makes contact with the top side of outer case below the logic board before proceeding.
Pull the hard drive away from the front edge of the mini and remove it from the outer case. Remove the hard drive cable by pulling its connector straight away from the hard drive.
How to Upgrade the Hard Drive in Your 2009 Mac Mini
Nov 30, AM in response to lllaass In response to lllaass. Is this the only option? I'd rather not spend more money on an enclosure if possible. You can try to use the drive without an enclosure, post back and let us know how that goes.
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