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February 20, 2014
The system drive of our Mac mini server crashed and had to be replaced with a new hard disk
Thanks to iFixIt, the repair went well. Unfortunately, the system drive turned out to be the one in the upper bay (i.e. the one that is mounted instead of the super drive, below the second hard disk) and I did not find a guide for replacing that one.
After removing the logic board and the power supply completely from the aluminum body, the upper hard disk bay was accessible (unfortunately, we did not take any pictures during the repair).
Since the Mac mini server has two hard drives, it might be useful to identify the individual drives with System Profiler before opening the Mac mini...
After restoring the system from a time machine backup, our wiki server did not work. The solution to this problem was quite simple (as described in several support forums). We only had to create the following directory:
sudo mkdir /Library/Logs/w
sudo chown teamsserver:tea
February 5, 2014
Extrem langsames Raid 1 bei defekter Originalfestpla
So habe ich den Entschluss gefasst, den Server mit 2 1TB Hybridplatten von Seagate und um weitere 4 GB Ram, also von 2 x 2 auf 2 x 4, aufzurüsten.
Zu Empfehlen sind hierzu die iFixit-Anleitungen zum Austausch der Festplatte, des Lüfters und der Speichersteine. Da der Miniserver kein DVD-Laufwerk hat, aber 2 Festplatten, schaut man nach Abheben der Verkleidung direkt auf die erste Festplatte. Benutzt wurden zur Reparatur 2 Thin Putty Knifes, ein Phillips #0 Schraubenzieher und ein wertvoller Spudger, mit dem sich vorsichtig Isolierbänder, Leitungsbänder und Festplattenwärm
Bis auf den erfolgreichen Einbau der beiden 4GB Speicherelement
Wir werden sehen!
Auf jeden Fall hat es mir Spaß gemacht, das Gerät mal komplett zu zerlegen. Außerdem konnte es so auch einmal mittels eines weichen Pinsels von allem Staub befreit werden. Die neuen Festplatten von WD haben eine Betriebstempera
Bei allen Manipulationen sind dünne Gummihandschuhe
Nicht gleich alles zur teueren Reparatur geben oder gar wegwerfen!
February 4, 2014
The optical drive had failed and I wished to replace the stock harddrive with a solid state drive.
Perfectly. It was not nearly as difficult as it first appeared, but I certainly could not have done it without the guide, nor without the tools.
Removal of the power supply requires that one lift slightly the tab through which its fastening screw passes. I had a heck of time getting the power supply to slide out until a realized this.
January 23, 2014
Changing out both drives on a Mac mini Server mid 2010 that were failing. I actually prefer to do my own repairs because I have an obsession with perfection.
The guidelines I used were excellent. I was not able to find a guide for removing the lower drive of the Mac Mini Server but used the install a lower drive as a backup.
Outstanding work you are doing and deeply appreciate your efforts to encourage companies to make products that capable consumers can repair themselves.
November 25, 2013
I went to upgrade to 10.9 and the system complained that the hard drive needed repairing. Using Disk Utility, I could not get the drive to repair or even format without complaint. Using fdisk allowed me to blow out the partitions and I was able to install but the OS was very sluggish. The drive was obviously in bad shape. The local certified Mac store wanted to charge $120 in labor. Doing it myself seemed the best option.
Swimmingly. The instructions were so easy to follow that I was able to do the hard drive swap while on a conference call for work.
Make sure your data is backed up. Go slow and take your time.
November 6, 2013
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June 17, 2013
I was trying to switch from a regular hard drive to a 256GB SSD in my Mac mini,
The repair went excellent, almost no hitches at all.
The guide for this one says "to reassemble, follow these instructions in reverse". There are two things this may not work well for. The hard drive has to slot into two small holes. When taking this out, you do not notice these at all (they are not mentioned) and only discover them when you try to reassemble. The other is the hard drive data cable wants to pop off until you install the wifi antenna. This would be relevant information to include in the guide, as I was worried I did something wrong until I noticed the antenna puts pressure on it to keep it from coming loose once installed.
May 14, 2013
The second HDD of my Mac mini suffered from physical issues and needed replacement.
I ordered a 1Tb HDD and the HomeTech Toolkit and everything went smooth. I used to DIY on PCs but got a little bit scarred before getting my hands dirty on the MacMini ... but the EXCELLENT repair guide from iFixit made me confident in completing the task.
And voilà! 1 hour latter I was pretty proud of myself when my Macmini was successfully booting and recognizing my HDDs.
The secondary HDD (Macintosh HD2) is the one on the top (first one available) : no need to completely dismantle the board.