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Mac Mini Logic Board Removal Tool

$39.95

Product code: IF145-159
Apple Part #: 922-9588

Product Overview

The least originally named tool we offer.

  • Simple tool pries the logic board free to allow access to the hard drive in 2010-up Mac Minis.
  • Custom iFixit version is nearly indistinguishable from Apple's official logic board removal tool.
  • Apple official model is…shinier?

Product Details

$4.95 iFixit

 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

6 month warranty

$39.95 Apple Official

 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

6 month warranty

 

Stories

My Problem

I wanted to install a solid state hard drive for better performance.

My Fix

It went OK, but I broke the connector on the fan, and a small connector between the hard drive and the circuit board. I also was unable to replace the 2 5mm antenna cover screws. I am able to run the unit without the fan by leaving the cover off (I only use it for a few hours a week), but I have ordered a replacement fan.

The new drive works fine, but I have to watch against overheating. I hope the new fan will connect to its tiny logic board connector.

My Advice

I have ordered a magnifying glass workstation device, and some antistatic tweezers. I hope that the second time around, I will be able to finish this job.

My Problem

The original harddisk was too small, but now it's a very nice 500 GB..

My Fix

Super Duper - No problem with your PRO guide...

My Advice

Be patient and take the time to do it...

My Problem

Upgraded the hard drive. The original one was becoming too small.

My Fix

It went well. Easier that I thought.

My Advice

The comments on the guide are correct. There is no need to remove the logic board :)

My Problem

The system drive of our Mac mini server crashed and had to be replaced with a new hard disk

My Fix

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).

My Advice

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/wikid

sudo chown teamsserver:teamsserver /Library/Logs/wikid

My Problem

Extrem langsames Raid 1 bei defekter Originalfestplatte.

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.

My Fix

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 Festplattenwärmefühler lösen ließen. Der Festplattenwärmefühler der oberen Festplatte klebt an der Platte und behält auch später noch seine Klebefunktion, wenn man ihn vorsichtig mit dem Spudger abhebelt. Der Fühler der unteren Platte ist Teil des Festplattensteckboards, welches ebenfalls vorsichtig entfernt werden muss. Zum Lösen der Verschraubung der unteren Festplatte muss auch der Lüfter entfernt werden, um alle Festplattenschrauben zu erreichen. Bei allen Manipulationen bitte darauf achten, dass die Antennenkabel, vor allem beim Zusammenbau, nirgendwo gequetscht werden.

Bis auf den erfolgreichen Einbau der beiden 4GB Speicherelemente, hat alles sehr gut funktioniert. Jedoch weigert sich mein Miniserver zu booten, sobald beide 4GB Speichersteine eingebaut sind. Dieses Problem wird zur Zeit noch diskutiert. Bisher sieht es wohl so aus, dass auch die iFixit-Speicherelemente im konkreten Fall nicht kompatibel sind. Ein erneuter Versuch mit immer wieder empfohlenen RAMs von Crucial wird folgen. Ein in diesem Zusammenhang empfohlenes EFI-Update auf die Version 1.2 geht ins Leere, da die letzte EFI-Version des besagten Servers bereits höherwertiger als 1.2 ist und damit grundsätzlich wohl bereits 8 GB RAM ermöglicht.

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 Betriebstemperatur von 37 bis 46 °C, je nach Auslastung und arbeiten natürlich erheblich schneller. Die alten, m.E. minderwertigen, Originalplatten von Hitachi backten regelmäßig um die 60 °C, was wohl auch zum Abrauchen geführt haben dürfte.

Bei allen Manipulationen sind dünne Gummihandschuhe, wie sie in der Medizin üblich sind, sehr hilfreich, um elektrostatische Entladungen zu vermeiden, wodurch die Elektronikelemente Schaden nehmen können.

My Advice

Nur Mut!

Nicht gleich alles zur teueren Reparatur geben oder gar wegwerfen!

My Problem

The optical drive had failed and I wished to replace the stock harddrive with a solid state drive.

My Fix

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.

My Advice

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.

My Problem

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.

My Fix

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.

My Advice

Outstanding work you are doing and deeply appreciate your efforts to encourage companies to make products that capable consumers can repair themselves.

My Problem

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.

My Fix

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.

My Advice

Make sure your data is backed up. Go slow and take your time.

My Problem

Radios had to be removed for security reasons

My Fix

It went well.

My Advice

Follow the iFixit guide!

My Problem

I wanted to add a ssd to my mac mini.

My Fix

It went easier than expected!

My Advice

not really