Installing Mac Mini Mid 2010 Dual Hard Drive
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Trade your optical drive for a second hard drive.
- Author: Brittany McCrigler
- Difficulty: Moderate
Use this guide to trade your optical drive for a second hard drive.
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- Bottom Cover 2 steps
- Fan 3 steps
- Cowling 2 steps
- Antenna Plate 4 steps
- Logic Board 9 steps
- Power Supply 4 steps
- Optical Drive 3 steps
- Optical Drive 7 steps
- Dual Hard Drive 3 steps
To remove the logic board, two cylindrical rods 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 a Mac Mini Logic Board Removal Tool into the two holes highlighted in red. Be sure it makes contact with the outer case below the logic board before proceeding.
If you don't have a Logic Board Removal Tool handy, you can use two tools having a maximum diameter of 2.5 mm instead. Just insert one into each of the highlighted holes.
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 I/O board is visibly separated from the outer case. Remove the Mac Mini Logic Board Removal tool.
Carefully pry the optical drive thermal sensor off the adhesive securing it to the optical drive.
It may be necessary to use a strip of tape or rubber cement to attach the thermal sensor to your new optical drive.
If you have a CD or any other object jammed in your optical drive, we have an optical drive repair guide.
Make sure that the hard drive connectors are facing down before placing it into the enclosure.
Gently place the hard drive into the enclosure's hard drive slot.
While firmly holding the enclosure in place with one hand, use your other hard to press the hard drive into the enclosure connectors.