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Use this guide to replace the hard drive in your hard-drive-only or Fusion Drive Mac mini Late 2014.

This guide was made with a Fusion Drive Mac mini. If your Mac mini only has a hard drive, skip the steps about the PCIe SSD and its connector.

  1. The bottom cover is clipped onto three screw posts.
    • The bottom cover is clipped onto three screw posts.

    • Pry near, but not right on the screw posts.

  2. Use the plastic opening tool to pry the bottom cover up off of the Mac mini. Use the plastic opening tool to pry the bottom cover up off of the Mac mini. Use the plastic opening tool to pry the bottom cover up off of the Mac mini.
    • Use the plastic opening tool to pry the bottom cover up off of the Mac mini.

  3. Lift and remove the bottom cover. Lift and remove the bottom cover.
    • Lift and remove the bottom cover.

  4. Remove the following TR6 screws from the antenna plate:
    • Remove the following TR6 screws from the antenna plate:

    • Three 4.1 mm screws

    • Three 1.9 mm screws

  5. Do not completely remove the antenna plate; it is still connected to the Mac mini by an antenna cable. With the I/O ports facing you, flip the antenna plate to the right to allow access to the antenna cable connector.
    • Do not completely remove the antenna plate; it is still connected to the Mac mini by an antenna cable.

    • With the I/O ports facing you, flip the antenna plate to the right to allow access to the antenna cable connector.

  6. Remove the single 3.4 mm T6 screw and washer from the antenna cable.
    • Remove the single 3.4 mm T6 screw and washer from the antenna cable.

    • Be careful not to lose the washer when removing the screw.

  7. Use the point of a spudger to lift the antenna connector straight up off its socket on the airport card. Use the point of a spudger to lift the antenna connector straight up off its socket on the airport card.
    • Use the point of a spudger to lift the antenna connector straight up off its socket on the airport card.

  8. Carefully pull the antenna cable out from the gap between the power supply and case. Carefully pull the antenna cable out from the gap between the power supply and case.
    • Carefully pull the antenna cable out from the gap between the power supply and case.

  9. Remove the antenna plate from the Mac mini.
    • Remove the antenna plate from the Mac mini.

  10. Remove the two 12 mm T6 screws from the fan.
    • Remove the two 12 mm T6 screws from the fan.

    • Loosen the 27 mm T6 captive screw.

  11. The fan connector is trapped under the edge of the fan and cannot be disconnected until the fan is moved. Do not attempt to remove the fan entirely. Lift the fan straight up to free the captive screw from its hole in the logic board.
    • The fan connector is trapped under the edge of the fan and cannot be disconnected until the fan is moved.

    • Do not attempt to remove the fan entirely.

    • Lift the fan straight up to free the captive screw from its hole in the logic board.

    • Pull the fan away from the SSD until you can easily access the fan connector.

  12. Use the point of a spudger to lift the fan connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board. Use the point of a spudger to lift the fan connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Use the point of a spudger to lift the fan connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board.

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  14. Remove the fan from the Mac mini.
    • Remove the fan from the Mac mini.

  15. Remove the 2.6 mm T6 screw securing the SATA cable connector bracket.
    • Remove the 2.6 mm T6 screw securing the SATA cable connector bracket.

  16. Remove the SATA cable connector bracket. Remove the SATA cable connector bracket.
    • Remove the SATA cable connector bracket.

  17. Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the SATA cable connector up off of its socket on the logic board. Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the SATA cable connector up off of its socket on the logic board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the SATA cable connector up off of its socket on the logic board.

  18. Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the IR sensor cable connector by prying it straight up from its socket. Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the IR sensor cable connector by prying it straight up from its socket.
    • Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the IR sensor cable connector by prying it straight up from its socket.

  19. The following three steps only apply to Mac minis equipped with a PCIe SSD. Skip the next three steps if your Mac mini only has a hard drive.
    • The following three steps only apply to Mac minis equipped with a PCIe SSD. Skip the next three steps if your Mac mini only has a hard drive.

    • Remove the two 2.6 mm T6 screws securing the PCIe SSD cable bracket.

  20. Remove the PCIe SSD cable bracket. Remove the PCIe SSD cable bracket.
    • Remove the PCIe SSD cable bracket.

  21. Lift the PCIe SSD connector up off its socket. Lift the PCIe SSD connector up off its socket.
    • Lift the PCIe SSD connector up off its socket.

  22. Remove the single 16 mm T6 screw securing the logic board.
    • Remove the single 16 mm T6 screw securing the logic board.

    • To remove the logic board, the two cylindrical rods of the Mac mini Logic Board Removal Tool must be inserted into the holes highlighted in red. Inserting instruments into any logic board holes other than the ones highlighted in red may destroy the logic board.

    • Insert the Mac mini Logic Board Removal Tool into the two holes highlighted in red. Be sure the rods make contact with the case under the logic board before proceeding.

  23. Carefully pull the tool toward the I/O board. The logic board and I/O board assembly should slightly slide out of the outer case. Cease prying when the removal tool makes contact with the opening in the rear case. Remove the Mac mini Logic Board Removal tool.
    • Carefully pull the tool toward the I/O board. The logic board and I/O board assembly should slightly slide out of the outer case.

    • Cease prying when the removal tool makes contact with the opening in the rear case.

    • Remove the Mac mini Logic Board Removal tool.

  24. Pull the DC-In cable connector straight out of its socket on the logic board. Pull the DC-In cable connector straight out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Pull the DC-In cable connector straight out of its socket on the logic board.

  25. Carefully slide the logic board assembly out of the Mac mini, minding any cables that may get caught. Carefully slide the logic board assembly out of the Mac mini, minding any cables that may get caught.
    • Carefully slide the logic board assembly out of the Mac mini, minding any cables that may get caught.

  26. The AC-in socket is secured with a small metal retaining clip. Use tweezers or your fingers to pull the clip away from the AC-in socket, and remove it from the Mac mini. When replacing the clip, push it in until it stops—it should be secure even if there is no audible click.
    • The AC-in socket is secured with a small metal retaining clip.

    • Use tweezers or your fingers to pull the clip away from the AC-in socket, and remove it from the Mac mini.

    • When replacing the clip, push it in until it stops—it should be secure even if there is no audible click.

  27. To free the power supply from the case, grab the AC-In connector, which acts like a latch. Rotate the AC-In connector 90 degrees counter-clockwise. Rotate the AC-In connector 90 degrees counter-clockwise.
    • To free the power supply from the case, grab the AC-In connector, which acts like a latch.

    • Rotate the AC-In connector 90 degrees counter-clockwise.

  28. The AC-In latch should fit into the groove above it in the case.
    • The AC-In latch should fit into the groove above it in the case.

    • During reassembly ensure the power supply is inserted far enough into the case that the latch will engage with the groove.

  29. Remove the 8 mm T6 screw securing the power supply.
    • Remove the 8 mm T6 screw securing the power supply.

  30. Slide the power supply out of the mini, minding any cables that may get caught. Slide the power supply out of the mini, minding any cables that may get caught.
    • Slide the power supply out of the mini, minding any cables that may get caught.

  31. Remove the single 8 mm T6 screw securing the drive tray.
    • Remove the single 8 mm T6 screw securing the drive tray.

  32. Lift the drive tray up out of the Mac mini. Lift the drive tray up out of the Mac mini. Lift the drive tray up out of the Mac mini.
    • Lift the drive tray up out of the Mac mini.

  33. Remove the four (two on each side) 6.5 mm T8 screws securing the hard drive to the drive tray. Remove the four (two on each side) 6.5 mm T8 screws securing the hard drive to the drive tray.
    • Remove the four (two on each side) 6.5 mm T8 screws securing the hard drive to the drive tray.

  34. Lift the hard drive up and remove it from the drive tray. During reassembly, be sure to thread the hard drive cable through the slot in the drive tray. During reassembly, be sure to thread the hard drive cable through the slot in the drive tray.
    • Lift the hard drive up and remove it from the drive tray.

    • During reassembly, be sure to thread the hard drive cable through the slot in the drive tray.

  35. Lift up the ribbon cable and carefully peel away the black tape underneath. It secures the SATA cable connector to the PCB of the hard drive. Failing to remove the tape will almost surely cause the contacts soldered to the flex cable to rip from the connector housing, as the retention force of the contacts in the housing is quite low. Pull the SATA cable connector straight out of the hard drive. Carefully peel off the two black, square-shaped sticky pads (one visible in picture) from the corners of the hard drive, and stick them to your new hard drive in the same locations.
    • Lift up the ribbon cable and carefully peel away the black tape underneath. It secures the SATA cable connector to the PCB of the hard drive. Failing to remove the tape will almost surely cause the contacts soldered to the flex cable to rip from the connector housing, as the retention force of the contacts in the housing is quite low.

    • Pull the SATA cable connector straight out of the hard drive.

    • Carefully peel off the two black, square-shaped sticky pads (one visible in picture) from the corners of the hard drive, and stick them to your new hard drive in the same locations.

Conclusie

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Hello, the following hard drive goes on the Mac Mini ??

http://www.sandisk.de/products/ssd/sata/...

schneiderschutzraum - Antwoord

no problem. but if you can get a evo 850 or a pro for the 2014 is better

Carlos De Bernard -

All in all, this was a fairly terrifying process, however this guide was a massive help! Thankyou!!

geeksix - Antwoord

Ordered kit which arrived very quickly from Germany to UK. Only problem with taking it apart was with the IR sensor was difficult to lift up and I ended up pulling the whole fitting off glued it back on but now have no working IR sensor or front light but everything else works fine. Swapped SLOW HDD for SSD and now my Mac MIni is flying.

Andrew - Antwoord

Sam - i bought the tools and followed your guide and everything went very well - the steps were clear and precise. The only problem I am having now is that the Mac Mini format my new EVO SSD as though it were a Fusion Drive with two partitions. Is there any way around this?

Thanks,

Steve Maiorano - Antwoord

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