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Running cooler, quieter, and with superior energy efficiency than traditional hard drives, SSDs have fewer failures, and reputable manufacturers tend to warranty them for longer than their predecessors. Not all SSDs are equivalent in reliability and performance, but ones from top-tier chip companies are pretty incredible.

Compatible SSDs – Mac mini (2014 – 2017)

Good news first: most older Macs and even some current Macs can be easily user-upgraded to include SSDs. Hard drive replacement is generally the best option. Bad news: the newer the Mac, the greater the likelihood that actually installing the drive yourself will be tricky. I strongly recommend updating your Mac to the latest non-beta version of macOS it can run before beginning the backup process. Then restore directly from your Time Machine backup.

SSD DIY Kits for Mac – MEGAMAC

This will give you a completely fresh start, though your emails, app settings, and other files will need to be separately hunted down and brought over from your other hard drive. For users with plans to swap an optical drive for an SSD, keeping the SSD as a non-boot drive, nothing needs to be done to prep software beforehand. However, if you plan to make the SSD your boot drive, follow the instructions above so you can enjoy the speed benefits of running macOS directly from the SSD.

One brief note on TRIM, a topic that was a bigger deal when I originally wrote SSD guides; read about it and third-party software in greater depth here. Thankfully, earlier Mac minis are easier to open, requiring only a putty knife , Phillips 00 Screwdriver , and spudger.

Teardown Reveals New Mac Mini Has Space For Second Hard Drive… Or An SSD

The same sort of 2. Aluminum-bodied inch MacBooks of or earlier vintage not current inch models and MacBook Pros sold in or earlier can be upgraded with 2. You just unscrew and remove the bottom cover of your MacBook, pull out the hard drive, replace it with the SSD, then reattach the bottom cover. The original inch Retina MacBook Pro requires quite a few additional steps; Apple significantly simplified the SSD replacement process for subsequent-generation inch machines, bringing them to parity with the inch model and MacBook Airs.

How easy is installation? They do degrade over time.

SSD DIY Kits for Mac

Now you need to copy your entire drive onto your SSD drive. The other option is to use Super Duper.

2012 Mac Mini Second Hard Drive or SSD Upgrade

The difficulty of this varies according to what kind of a Macintosh computer you have. For a mac pro it simply connects into the spare optical bay slot — no adapters needed, a 30 second operation — see how here. You can find instructions here. You can get the old hard disk out without pulling out the motherboard but the SSD drives are actually ever so slightly thicker and more uniform in shape so the motherboard needs to come out to manoeuvre the SSD drive in place.

This is easier than it sounds, but you still need to but the suction caps to do it. It requires some mechanical skill. So how fast is it? You can turn it on anyway no problems. Read this article for more information. Read this post for info on how to get around this.

Also here is another very good article on this. You can use your old Internal Drive as a backup drive.

Mac Mini SSD Upgrade Guide

Seriously fast boot-up and excellent system responsiveness compared to the 1TB internal hard drive. No need to pull the Mac apart to upgrade the boot drive just leave the internal spinning disk in place as your data drive, it works fine as an APFS volume, provided its not the system disk. Installing an internal SSD may give you optimal performance but using an external USB boot SSD still gives a much more responsive system than the old hard drive, for minimal upgrade difficulty and minimal cost.


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However, during the night the Mac reboots and establishes the Mac HD as the default start-up….. How do I remedy this issue? Follow-up to my prior comment. I received the following error message: The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer.