Mac Mini Mid 2011 Hard Drive Replacement
Replace your Mac Mini's Mid 2011 hard drive for more storage space.
- Author: Walter Galan
- Difficulty: Moderate
Use this guide to completely replace your mini's hard drive.
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- Bottom Cover 2 steps
- Fan 3 steps
- Cowling 2 steps
- Antenna Plate 4 steps
- Hard Drive 6 steps
- Hard Drive Cable 1 step
- Hard Drive 2 steps
- 2 mm Hex Screwdriver
- Mac mini Logic Board Removal Tool
- T6 Torx Screwdriver
- T8 Torx Screwdriver
Remove the following screws securing the antenna plate to the mini:
Two 6.6 mm T8 Torx screws
Two 5.0 mm T8 Torx or 2.0 mm Hex screws (either screwdriver will work)
When putting back together:
It can be difficult to get the hard drive seated correctly such that the antenna plate fits in place correctly. If the screw holes don't line up with those on the hard drive, make sure that the two pins that are in the back of the hard drive are properly seated in the holes at the back of the case, above the housing for the second hard drive.
The antenna attaches directly to the hard drive (red markers), therefore attaching the antenna can move the hard drive around and loosen the connection of the hard drive cable to the logic board.
To remove the logic board, the two cylindrical rods of the Mac Mini Logic Board Removal Tool 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 the Mac Mini Logic Board Removal Tool into the two holes highlighted in red. Be sure it makes contact with the top side of outer case below the logic board before proceeding.
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.
Simultaneously push the two plastic clips on the far left and right sides of the I/O board toward the middle of the I/O board and pull the I/O board away from the outer case.
Only pull the logic board assembly out of the outer case until the edge of the I/O board is about .5" away from the edge of the aluminum outer case.