iFixIt Offers New Mac Mini First Look Guide, Guide to Adding Second Internal Hard Drive and 1 TB Upgrade Kit

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Date: Friday, March 6th, 2009, 08:45
Category: Mac Desktop

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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:

  • 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.

  • 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:

  • 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.
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    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:

  • 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
  • Putty knife
  • #0 Phillips screwdriver
  • Step-by-step instructions online
  • 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.

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