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Replaced hard drive, install OS, PROFIT!

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Mac mini Model A1283

Mac mini Model A1283 Hard Drive Replacement

Mac mini Model A1283 Hard Drive Replacement

30 minuten - 2 uren

Moderate

Mijn probleem

After years of service as a family homework workstation, we started getting SMART alerts on the factory-installed drive. I nursed it along for long enough to get all the various documents and animated cat GIFs off of it onto a backup, but then mom overruled me and just flat-out replaced the mini with a shiny new - albeit sans optical drive - mini. This unit languished for months on a shelf, until I ran across the replacement guide here on iFixit.

Mijn oplossing

The new drive (and tools required) arrived quickly, and in a fit of post-dinner energy, I applied myself to the repair. It went like clockwork; I'd post photos, but they would be redundant - the guide is that good. Some of the drive frame screws were a bit tough for me to put back in when reassembling, but that's just my big fat fingers.

Mijn advies

Pay attention: if you are looking at this guide, you are trying to save an A1283. PLEASE BUY YOURSELF A MEMORY UPGRADE TOO. Once I had the Mini apart and the new drive in place, I began cursing myself for forgetting that my unit has only the factory-installed 2GB of RAM. So it's back to the storefront website for me, and I'll be prying the case apart AGAIN because I didn't think it through.

Other than that, you're gold. This was far easier than I expected.

500 GB 5400 RPM 2.5" Hard Drive afbeelding
500 GB 5400 RPM 2.5" Hard Drive

$54.99

Spudger afbeelding
Spudger

$2.99

1.5" Thin Putty Knife afbeelding
1.5" Thin Putty Knife

$6.99

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