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Postby Dave71 » Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:23 pm

Hello all

My mid 2011 Mac mini is struggling a bit with the original 4gb ram and 500gb hdd so I’m thinking of upgrading the ram and moving to an ssd.

Now I’ve seen some folk have successfully upgraded to 16gb ram despite the spec only supporting 8gb. Anybody done this. I only really use the box infrequently for regular home use, bit of chamsys lighting and very light garage band work. Would the ssd and 8gb suffice if 16gb isn’t a viable option.

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Re: Mac mini upgrade advice

Postby ConcertinaChap » Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:28 pm

My wife's machine is a mid-2011 Mac Mini server. The people we bought it from offered to upgrade it to 16GB saying in their experience this caused no problems despite what the spec said. We went for that and the machine has performed fine in all the years we've had it. Since it wasn't us that did the upgrade I can't tell you what brand or spec of RAM was used, though.

Later we had a Mac dealer upgrade the two 500GB hard drives (a strange characteristic of the server version) to 500GB SSDs. The machine really flew after that and it's still serving her well now.

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Re: Mac mini upgrade advice

Postby Dave71 » Tue Jun 16, 2020 2:45 pm

Thanks for that. Off shopping to see what I can find.
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Re: Mac mini upgrade advice

Postby Dave B » Tue Jun 16, 2020 2:51 pm

Just a word of warning - it is very easy to make a mess of the upgrade with the Minis. The connectors are fiddly, the screws tiny and the insides packed in tight. I actually broke the connector for the fan on one of mine and I thought that I was being careful. Everything makes sense once it's all out but I definitely scratched my head a couple of times and came to the conclusion that a qualified tech would have been worth paying for.
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Re: Mac mini upgrade advice

Postby G-Doubleyou » Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:29 am

Despite what Apple said, the quad i7 in the Mini supports 16GB.
Make sure you get a kit with the proper tools.

I got my RAM, and toolkit from OWC ( https://www.macsales.com/ )

They are in the US, but they are also on Amazon

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