We learned that the Mac mini can handle two internal hard drives if you remove the optical drive! We wrote instructions for swapping out the optical drive for a second hard drive, and posted instructions for doing the Mac mini dual hard drive upgrade.

Our step-by-step guide shows how to:

  1. Swap out the existing hard drive for a 500 GB drive.
  2. Remove the optical drive and install another new 500 GB drive in its place.
  3. Enable Remote Disc to share the optical drive of a nearby Mac or PC.

Removing the hard drive from the mac mini

Swapping in a second hard drive for the optical drive is pretty easy. We put a kit together that includes everything you need. (Almost– some basic soldering is required to connect the power cables.) The kit is just $249.95.

Our terabyte Mac mini hard drive upgrade kit includes:

  • 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

http://www.ifixit.com/Apple-Parts/Mac-mini-1-TB-Upgrade-Kit/IF107-070

This kit is available immediately. Now go max out your mini!

Kyle is the co-founder and CEO of iFixit.

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