Posted by: Chris Barylick
Date: Friday, March 6th, 2009, 08:45
Category: Mac Desktop
Both the hard drive and RAM are easily upgradeable once you remove the upper case.
The processor is now soldered to the logic board. Those people who had grown accustomed to upgrading mini processors will be greatly disappointed by this.
As usual for the mini, a putty knife is required to disassemble it.
The SuperDrive used in the new Mac mini is finally SATA, as in the new iMacs and MacBooks.
If you install 2GB RAM in a $599 low-end mini, it recognizes and uses 256 MB of video memory.
Computer outfitter iFixIt has released a slew of new items in the wake of Apple’s recent Mac mini refresh. First, the company’s First Look guide has been rewritten to include the following highlights:
Swap out the existing hard drive for a 500 GB drive.
Remove the optical drive and install another new 500 GB drive in its place.
Enable Remote Disc to share the optical drive of a nearby Mac or PC.
The company has also written a new guide to swapping out the Mac mini’s optical drive for a second hard drive which illustrates the following points:
Two 500 GB, 5400 RPM 2.5″ SATA hard drives
15 pin SATA power to 4 pin power cable
6 pin SATA power and 7 pin SATA data to 4 pin power and 7 pin SATA data cable
#0 Phillips screwdriver
Step-by-step instructions online
Finally, the company has announced a one terabyte upgrade kit with two hard drives for the Mac mini. The kit, which is available for US$249.95, includes the following:
This kit is available immediately.
If you’ve gotten your mitts on a brand new Mac mini and have any feedback to offer about it, let us know in the comments or forums.