How do you upgrade the storage in the Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini models? What type of hard drive(s) or SSD(s) do they each support?.
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Time Required 30 - 45 minutes. Sections 7. Flags 0. Introduction Use this guide to completely replace your mini's hard drive. Tools Buy these tools. Parts Buy these parts. Step 1 Bottom Cover.
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Insight iPhone Cases. Step 8 Antenna Plate. Step 9. Step Step 12 Hard Drive. Tool used on this step:. Step 18 Hard Drive Cable. One comment. Step 19 Hard Drive. Almost done! Once that's booting and confirmed working I'm going to take the hdd the drive that I'm writing you from right now out of the computer in its present working state so ware positive it's working and install the first ssd in the SATTA port where e the hdd was in.
From here, we're going to boot from the installer USB and shoot Mojave on to the new internal drive. Once we complete the installation and we are booting from the SSD, I'll change the start up disc to the ssd.
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I've found a way to make the software side of this entire process totally voice over friendly. I've tested this on my friend's Mac-he wanted to sell it, and he wanted a clean os installation to give to the new owner.
I've never tried to install windows on a Mac, but from looking at tech vvlogs on YT , the easiest option is to drop the drive in a windows PC, install windows there then boot the Mac external from the windows drive. It might be a more convoluted process, but I prefer convolution over simplicity if the question isuser control. To check into this further, I did a Google search on "Mac bootcamp install windows external drive".
There I found lots of various info about doing exactly this. I no longer have an install of Windows on my Mac and this does not fit my current situation. I probably wouldn't be the most knowledgable person to write about this at this time. However, a good starting point might be,. From what I discovered, the process may include many steps and possibly some virtualization software like VMWare or VirtualBox or such to help in the installation process.
While this may be a very doable process, it is not simple or easy, though if you are somewhat proficient with both Mac and Windows and you don't mind a troubleshooting process that involves many steps, it is possible. I would imagine it could have many areas where VoiceOver may not function. Currently, I personally would not start a process like this without sighted help available, if needed.
That being said, the first step I would make with any possible risky process would be to follow the steps in the blog above and make sure you have something to start up your Mac, on another external drive. Nothing is worse than getting that blinking question mark when you try to start your Mac. If you proceed with any of the methods to install Windows on a USB drive, there are several ways to go about it, but I would make sure you download and set aside all software and instructions that you might need.
If you use a screen reader, download NVDA and have it ready to install. If possible, put the software and instructions on another computer or device, so you can refer to it while your Mac is tied up in the process. There are many things to consider first before starting the process.
Is your Mac capable of running the version of Windows that you want? Do you need to check the compatibility of NVDA? And finally, make lots of coffee.
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Though I must say, not all of the information and resources are fully blind compatible. Plus anything like this can easily take much longer than the time estimates given with the resources. If I think I could do something like this and I think it is possible , if I estimate the time involved to be one afternoon, I would set aside three afternoons instead. One can never be sure of what troubleshoots one might come across and what else might be needed during such an endeavor. There is always a good chance that it can take much longer than expected. During the process if you find yourself hurrying through it, get up, walk away for a bit, allow the process to slow down enough so that you are being careful again.
I mention this because it has served me well in the past. Also on every screen where you make changes, double-check your changes before you press the "I hope it works" button. Once you click that button, it is already too late to double check. With all this in mind, if someone performs this process, successes or failures aside, please consider writing up your experiences and posting them here on AppleVis.
It would definitely be worth its own forum post. I will be reading it as well. Your process for the internal drive sounds correct to me. I would love to read about it afterwards. Tens of thousands of blind people could benefit from it here on AppleVis.
Just a thought. Always verify this for yourself by starting up from it once. While you are started from it, here is your chance to cram it full of everything else you think you may need during the process. You may as well have what you need at your fingertips, rather than having to dig around during a possible stressful situation. On the external Windows idea, another quick reminder, BootCamp does more than just help install Windows. It also downloads the Mac hardware drivers for the version of Windows you are installing.
If you create your Win disk on a Windows system, a unique idea, you will still need the Mac hardware drivers for it. It probably will not "just work" like Mac software does. Not sure about this. Otherwise, I would love to read about it if you have time to type it up, I may consider following it as well, it sounds like a worthy adventure to me!
Wow, I haven't considered running a Unix flavor for a long time.
This sounds great. What screen reader would you recommend for Linux? Also, you should consider taking notes and creating a blog post from it for AppleVis, if possible. I would love to hear your experiences from the process. Hmmm, I may need another few external drives. I'm probably not going to do the windows thing, tbh, I'm getting everything that I want done in osx at the moment. I'm going to write a guide to performing an off-line install of osx without any sighted assistance later tonight.
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I will definitely be reading through it myself. If I may make a suggestion on the writing ,A few tips: Include warnings and precautions where ever you think its appropriate. One thing I have found from consulting over the past 25 years, it pays to remind the reader about being cautious. Many people, including myself, have a tendency to become frustrated with the complexities of technology.
This techno-frustration can sometimes cause one to "hurry up and get it done. It doesn't hurt to remind people politely to "slow down, be careful, double check everything" before they proceed. Also, slow down your own process and take notes while you go through it, the notes become your source material for the writing. You may need to write your notes on another system or device while you perform the process. Then email your notes to yourself. Remind the reader of this as well. One last writing tip. Write about what you know, if you need to include info that you are not absolutely sure of, write about it that way.
Include a little info about how you were not sure either and how you found out.
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Thousands of people could read your writing, it can help them through the process by reading about your own. Kind of teach people to teach themselves. I hope I am not over-stepping bounds here, but I try to use these same approaches myself. I look forward to reading through your writing and process. Go for it!