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Mac Mini 2014 Upgrade

Glenn Eychaner -

Mac mini Late 2014

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Mac mini Late 2014 Teardown

2 uren

Easy

Mijn probleem

The low-end Mac Mini 2014 has poor performance, but I knew that when I bought it.

Mijn oplossing

I bought a bottom-of-the-line Mac Mini 2014, intending to upgrade the internal drive to an SSD and add external storage using the drive from an old Time Capsule with a bad power supply. I ordered the replacement SATA SSD and empty MiniStack from OWC (macsales.com); sadly they still don't have a PCIe upgrade kit for this Mac Mini. Replacing the hard drive with a SATA SSD, tearing apart the Time Capsule, and putting it all together was quite easy with the guides on iFixit (though I did ruin the Time Capsule bottom cover because I just didn't care). The only downside is that you have to completely disassemble the Mac Mini to get to the hard drive.

Mijn advies

Upgrading the 2014 Mac Mini yourself is a lot cheaper than getting an SSD option through Apple, and the end result is a Mac Mini with pretty good performance, especially compared to a spinning hard drive. Unplugging the power supply from the logic board during disassembly is a bit tricky, and one screw on the hard disk is a bit hard to reach using the 64 piece driver due to the shape of the hard drive chassis.

Mac mini Logic Board Removal Tool afbeelding
Mac mini Logic Board Removal Tool

$4.99

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