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MacMini SSD replacement

alexander clifton -

Mac mini Mid 2011

Installing Mac mini Mid 2011 Dual Hard Drive Kit

Installing Mac mini Mid 2011 Dual Hard Drive Kit

2 - 4 uren


Mijn probleem

Purchased an i7 quad core MacMini to replace giant gaming desktop that sat on the floor most of the time and took up space.

Original Mini had 4GBs of RAM and a 1 TB HD.

Bought the dual drive kit to replace primary drive with an SSD and keep the 1 TB as a secondary storage drive. Also upgraded the Mini to 16GBs of RAM.

Mijn oplossing

The repair was great. Teardown was the easiest part all instructions were great there. Reassembly takes some thinking. At first the plastic piece that holds the drive looks like it is already upgraded with the dual drive kit. You must replace the rubber grommets as the ones for the dual drive kit are much smaller allowing the bottom drive to be held in by the two grommets closets to the logic board then allowing the second drive to sit on top in the two grommets close the the case.

Replacement was a moderate one but fun.

Mijn advies

Many pieces of advice all of which is after disassembly.

Dual Drive Kit

As mentioned above the iFixit website does not show you how to seat the second drive in the case so that it fits snug. This takes some finagling to get seated properly. You want to ensure that the second (top) drive is as far back as it can go, screw in the standoffs as close as possible on the side of the drive. Also not mentioned is the standoffs that sit in the grommets the bottom drive needs to them on the left side. If the drive is correct the SATA connectors will be on the same side as the Airport/Bluetooth cards.

The plastic piece will hold both of the drives, the lower drive will be held closet to the logic board and the top drive will be held closet to the case.

Ribbon Cables

Make sure you bend the Ribbon/SATA Cables before putting the new drive in. The cables should be able to both fit on the board with both drives in the case. Note the bottom drive must be connected or at least out and the top drive should sit right on top if you have bent the cable correctly.

The GRATE!!!

This was the most complicated part to get back into place. Apple and their little crafty design makes this difficult to fit back in and I don't believe there is a special tool so I am sure that the techs/geniuses that work on these love them. There are lots of videos online to show exactly what I mean because you will see that when you set the grate on top of the drives it will not seat on both screw holes properly. If your drives are not correctly in the grate will not sit flush on the edges at all. I will admit I had to use my wife for creativity. She tied a piece of ribbon from a ballon around the middle of the grate and was able to ever so slightly get it to pop into the double edge on the case by pulling up as shown in videos online. easy because the same amount of pressure is applied to both sides.

Mac mini Dual Drive Kit Afbeelding
Mac mini Dual Drive Kit


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