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15 mm HDD in Mac Mini Late 2014?

Hi everyone!

Is it possible to fit a 15 mm HDD in Mac Mini Late 2014?

Specifically Seagate ST4000LM016 http://www.seagate.com/gb/en/products/la....

Default HDD is 9.5 mm and all the tear downs (incl. videos) I've seen do not focus on the free space you have below HDD enough.

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While Apple did reconfigure the drive frame so the HD bay is larger in the newer Blade SSD/HD models. Apple so far has only used the smaller 9.5 mm 1 TB drive in their drive offerings.

With that said, I don't see any reason why the larger 15 mm drive wouldn't work here (it will be tight!) If you haven't bought the system yet I would recommend getting the SSD model and then buy the dual drive kit to add the HD. Getting the SSD later will be harder & more expensive.

I've also been toying with the idea of upgrading my home mini (2012) which has dual 2 TB drives (media server) to this exact configuration. :-}

Let us know how it goes!

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@danj thank you for the response.

Already have the Mini with PCI-E SSD and SATA cable.

It's very unlikely I'd buy 15 mm before knowing for sure it fits in. I'll wait for an answer for some time in a hope someone is tearing down his Mini right now. :/ And then probably fall back on 7-9.5 mm 2 TB.

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What you could do is take some foam board to cover the top of your current HD to make it 15 mm so you can see if it would fit. I suspect you'll need to leave the drive loose to make up the difference. I got 14 mm using a ruler measuring to the top of the frame when I first though I might get a newer system.

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