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Mac mini Mid 2010 Heat Sink Replacement

Replacing the mini's heat sink.

Use this guide to replace your mini's heat sink. Reinstalling the heat sink will require a new layer of thermal paste.

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Stap 1 Heat Sink  ¶ 

Remove the single 5 mm T6 Torx standoff from the heat sink near the edge of the logic board.

Stap 1 Heat Sink  ¶ 

  • Remove the single 5 mm T6 Torx standoff from the heat sink near the edge of the logic board.

Stap 2  ¶ 

To disconnect the heat sink thermal sensor, pinch its cables between your thumb and a spudger and pry the spudger upward to lift the connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

Stap 2  ¶ 

  • To disconnect the heat sink thermal sensor, pinch its cables between your thumb and a spudger and pry the spudger upward to lift the connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

Stap 3  ¶ 

Remove the four 8.5 mm T8 Torx screws securing the heat sink to the logic board.

Stap 3  ¶ 

  • Remove the four 8.5 mm T8 Torx screws securing the heat sink to the logic board.

  • Keep track of the springs held beneath each of the heat sink screws.

Stap 4  ¶ 

Remove the heat sink from the logic board, minding any cables that may get caught.

Stap 4  ¶ 

  • Remove the heat sink from the logic board, minding any cables that may get caught.

  • If the heat sink appears to be stuck to the logic board after removing all screws, it may be helpful to use a spudger to separate the two components.

  • If you need to mount the heat sink back onto the logic board, we have a thermal paste guide that makes replacing the thermal compound easy.