5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 7, 2013 3:06 AM by ghassanredmann
ghassanredmann Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I've macmini i7 with crashed Hard Drive. Which size fit? Please advice below product suitability. Also, if you recommend other brands or online sites to order.


1TB Toshiba 2.5-inch SATA laptop hard drive (5400rpm, 8MB cache) MQ01ABD100

1TB Toshiba 2.5-inch SATA laptop hard drive (5400rpm, 8MB cache) MQ01ABD100

Mac mini, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Hard Drive Replacement
  • sjallen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    How long have you had the unit? I would suggest at least going 7200rpm with a bit more cache if you have to replace it anyway. Give it some umph that you can enjoy for a while. You might even think of trying a larger drive if that seems like what you want to do. And while you are at it, you might want to throw an small SSD in there at the same time if you need speed (digital video rendering, etc)

  • ghassanredmann Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Since Nov 2011.

    Could you provide brand and full specs

  • bauer172 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    I tend to like OWC (macsales.com).  They specialize in Mac.  Additionally, for something like $99 they will actually perform the installation of any internal components that you buy from them for the Mac Mini (I dont know if they do this for other models).  I think this flat price includes more than one item at once (eg. RAM and hard disc). 


    In my opinion one cool aspect to the Mini is that you can get the data doubler kit to add a second internal hard disc.  So if you are looking for speed you could install one SSD for OS and applications and also a large hard drive for data storage.  Both internal is nice so you dont have to worry about external busses like USB or secondard power supplies.  Also, on the internal SATA bus then the drive will be more efficient.  Something to think about if you really want speed.

  • woodmeister50 Level 5 Level 5 (4,030 points)

    You may want to take a look at one of these installation

    videos to determine if you want to or are capable of doing

    the change yourself:



    Changing the hard drive in a Mini is not for the faint of heart

    and is a pretty major tear down of the unit.

  • ghassanredmann Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just ordered 1 TB Toshiba thanks amazon for good prices. l'll go to local store to conduct replacement