OWC ‘Data Doubler’ SSD/2.5″ Hard Drive Installation Kit works in the 2012 Mac mini.

The most common question we’ve gotten since we announced the memory upgrades for the new 2012 Mac mini models is whether or not our OWC ‘Data Doubler’ 2.5″ Hard Drive / SSD Installation Kit for Mac mini fits and performs in the new model as well.

I’m here to tell you that yes indeed, it works! Installation is the same as the 2011 models and both drives can negotiate SATA Revision 3.0 (6Gb/s) speeds as shown by the benchmarks below:

Single OWC Mercury 6G SSD Benchmarks

Two OWC Mercury 6G SSDs in RAID 0 benchmarks.

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  • I have been looking for information regarding setting up two Mercury Pro 6G SSD’s in a RAID 0 setup. My data doubler arrives tomorrow and hope to get setup and going but have no experience with setting up RAID. Any information or links would be very helpful. I’m using the two 6g Pro OWC SSD’s, 2012 mini, and OSX 10.8.1




    • We use Disk Utility to setup our internal RAID setups. As the process of setting up the RAID 0 in your Mac mini will destroy the data on both drives, it is very important that you backup your data before you begin.
      In a nutshell it is a fairly easy process:
      1. Backup your data.
      2. Install two identical drives using the Data Doubler.
      3. Boot to either a recovery partition on an external drive or use internet recovery mode to format the drives, then setup the RAID using the RAID tab in Disk Utility.
      4. Once setup, migrate your data back to the mini.




      • Funny you mention that! I went to bed with the mini using internet recovery to setup an external drive to boot too. I’m running 10.8.1 on the mini luckily and won’t have to worry about the fake fusion fiasco! So I’m pretty sure I’m all set now…just need FedEx to get off their butts and get my datadoubler here!!!




  • I am going to second the dream of having an OWC SSD or two as the SSD portion of the Fusion Drive. If Fusion Drive is a component of the software, it seems as if it should run with any SSD and HDD, despite what Apple is saying. That means an older machine running the latest OS and with an SSD/HDD combo should be able to run Fusion Drive.




    • Has this worked as expected over the last 15 days. After alot of reading and confusion, it seems that fusion is built into the software and has nothing to do with the hardware. If you do not upgrade to the “fusion drive when you buy your mac mini, is the software loaded? And has it worked as you expected?




    • Until someone analyzes the actual process Apple are using to create the Fusion Drive, it appears that it is simply an implementation of a long standing Unix technology of tying multiple layers of storage together as a virtual drive. On the one hand, it is interesting. On the other hand, the risk of losing everything may outweigh its benefits for all but those who simply don’t want to delve into such things. If you move the home folder over to the rotating drive, I don’t foresee a huge difference in practical performance. I’m sure benchmarks would probably find a difference, but how much would the user actually see?

      At the present time, I have my 2012 Mac mini configured with a 240 GB SSD as the boot drive (including home folder) and a 750 GB 7,200 RPM HDD to store voluminous data on. Things such as iTunes, Lightroom & Photoshop files or “stuff” that would just be cluttering up the SSD. It is possible that I might change my mind, but that is what I am doing for the moment.

      If a Thunderbolt miniStack external enclosure were to come out, I might consider pulling the HDD out of the mini and putting another SSD in as a (striped) RAID 0 array with the TB external enclosure for the voluminous data. Maybe even a RAID 5 array. :-)

      For now I have a USB 3 miniStack which will suffice for a variety of uses and some other drives for backups, Time Machine and such. (The enclosure I am setting up is only a USB 2 format, but Time Machine doesn’t have to be all that fast.

      Cheers




  • eh eh 1GB/s… just incredible.




  • What I’m scared of is when you buy the Mac Mini with the fusion drive, the SSD part take the place of the second hard drive, so you cant use the OWC Data Doubler, unless there’s a place on the main board to place the SSD, like the MacBook Air…




    • We’ll be able to tell more once we get in the Mac mini with a Fusion Drive setup. We have a number of questions about Fusion as well, and that particular machine seems to be the key. Keep an eye on the OWC Blog for information as it develops.




  • Can you kindly verify if those OWC SSDs are natively TRIM enabled in OSX ?

    My next question, a rather odd one, is if you guys would sell pre-configured “Data Doubled” Mac Mini units?

    Thanks for your benchmark & test results !




    • I’ll answer the second question first; we are not an Apple reseller, so we do not sell new Apple units. From time to time we are able to offer previous-generation units, but those are non-upgraded units.

      Fortunately, installation of these items are generally straightforward, and we offer instructional videos that go through the step-by-step process of upgrading your hardware.

      Regarding TRIM, you should take a look at this article; it should explain more regarding TRIM and OWC SSDs.




  • I got my Core i7 mini yesterday :D

    Good to hear the data doubler will work.

    Please pull NewerTech’s ear on that “coming soon” ministack max! ;)




  • A bit off the subject of the mini, but concerning upgrading hardware.

    Are you going to update your iMac turnkey pricing? Right now its $300 to add a $159 drive, and another $$230 to add the 2nd $159 drive.

    Thanks




    • Hey Whoda, yes off topic but hey…that’s how conversations go. We offer DIY kits for those that can do so.
      Others..they prefer the convenience of our Turnkey Program. That program though, is very time and labor intensive. So that is why the pricing is such.

      And we offer something with our Turnkey programs called the OWC Trust Advantage. Our repair programs ensure customers receive the proper care, attention, and honest assessment of the service their machine or device requires instead customers having to take a chance with a ‘bait and up-charge’ repair service.




  • This is good news. Have you guys tried to see if the new Mini will support more than 16GB of RAM ?




  • Will this new Mac allow you to add a video card through a thunderbolt enclosure such as the Echo express or the Magma Express?




  • Can’t wait for my new mini to arrive ;)

    Speaking of storage, but slightly off topic, many of my peers really want usb3 on their previous gen thunderbolt equipped macs. Is there any chance that there will be a thunderbolt to usb3 adapter/dongle much the same way as Apple’s TB to ethernet/firewire? Probably not as easy as it seems I suppose. The TB docks (eg. Belkin) are pretty pricey.. I’m sure who ever offers this first will make a killing in sales. Any thoughts?




  • really curios to see if you can *fusion* in one of the OWC SSD drives. that would be awesome!




  • hello! just one question. I bought the new mac mini 3 days ago and i tought it would have been shipped the very next day, like usual. But now no one at Apple knows anything about the avalaiblity. Do you know when they will send the computer to customers? thank you




  • Are you going to compare it to stock and/or Fusion drives?