Upgrading Our Mac Mini 6,2 Model MD388LL-A To Dual Hard Drives and 16GB RAM for ESXi

Upgrading Our Mac Mini 6,2 Model MD388LL-A To Dual Hard Drives and 16GB RAM for ESXi

Today we are going to convert last years Mac Mini from desktop-computer duties to a powerful VMWare ESXi Hypervisor lab server. To upgrade this Mac for ESXi we will add a second hard disk, (we still want the ability to dual-boot back into Mac OS X). Using the OWC Data Doubler SSD/2.5″ Hard Drive Installation Kit we will be able to install a Crucial MX100 512GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD or any of the other 2.5 inch Solid State Drives to use as the VMWare Datastore. While we are at it, we are going to upgrade the memory using the Crucial 16GB Memory Kit.

Let’s start by disassembling the Mac. First thing we will need to do is rotate the bottom cover to line up the marks and lift the cover off.

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With the cover removed we can go ahead and swap out the RAM now by spreading the clips holding the chips in their sockets and lifting the memory modules out. Slip the new memory modules into the sockets and press them down into place.

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