OWC 'Data Doubler' SSD/2.5" Hard Drive installation Kit
Fast read, write and bootup performance; easy to do
Mac mini parts require a steady and careful hand
US$32.99 + shipping
Editors note. The following hands-on review is written by our designer Davin Lim. Davin could be an even bigger Apple fan than us and is eagerly awaiting the arrival of iOS 7.
We recently purchased a Mac mini to replace our old MacBook Pro, due to an increasing workload as a graphic designer. Efficiency and quality is key, as we work with a lot of high-resolution images in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. We did some research and found that the OWC ‘Data Doubler’ SSD/2.5″ Hard Drive installation Kit was the most affordable and effective way to upgrade our Mac mini and maximise our productivity.
The installation kit lets you easily add a second 9.5mm or smaller 2.5in SATA Hard Drive or Solid State Drive to your 2011, 2012 or Later Mac mini. We decided on a 120GB OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD, which we got for US$154.99, plus shipping.
The kit provides a step-by-step instruction booklet with images to guide you, and there is also an online video tutorial that takes you through the entire installation process. Both the booklet and video are very detailed with clear warnings and precautions stated.
During the installation process, we did encounter a couple of difficulties. One of which came up when unplugging the cable connectors using the green pry tool provided. The IR board cable was not too hard to remove. The power supply plug was the more difficult one to unplug. As there isn’t much space provided between the logic board and the primary hard drive at the front of the Mac mini, a lot of careful jiggling and patience is required to complete this step.
During steps 18 to 21, we accidentally skipped step 18 and the four wires connected to the IR board cable connector were disconnected, as we tried to pull the logic board out without unplugging it first. Luckily, we managed to carefully insert the cables back into the connector.
One tip we would recommend is to follow the steps closely and read every paragraph, as this will help you understand the structure of the parts and what to remove first before you proceed to the next step. If you keep in mind that some of the parts are not repairable once damaged, this will prevent you from making mistakes or damaging delicate parts.
To smoothly complete the installation of the SSD, we would recommend you purchase the additional New Tech 11-piece toolkit. There are three different Torx screwdrivers and three other screwdrivers included, as well as tweezers, a scissor clamp and additional pry tools. We recommend purchasing this toolkit, as the screwdrivers have a longer handle compared to the ones that are provided with the purchase of your Pro 6G SSD. The additional kit will provide you with more grip and precision.
After the successful installation of the OWC Pro 6G SSD, we were amazed by how easy it was for someone who has never ever pulled apart a computer before. The detailed instruction booklet and video made a huge difference with the installation process. We are confident that we’d be able to perform the procedures again if our Mac mini ever needs any other upgrades. Follow the steps closely, so you understand the structure of the parts to successfully and smoothly complete the installation.