Introduction

Use this guide to replace the PCIe SSD cable in the SSD-only or Fusion drive models of the Mac Mini Late 2014.

Image 1/1: Pry near, but not right on the screw posts.
  • The bottom cover is clipped onto three screw posts.

  • Pry near, but not right on the screw posts.

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  • Use the plastic opening tool to pry the bottom cover up off of the Mac Mini.

I used some wooden toothpicks instead of the opening tool. This worked flawless for me.

mhomscheidt - Reply

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  • Lift and remove the bottom cover.

I taped the "Mac Mini Logic Board Removal Tool" to the flat part of the antenna plate before sealing everything up again. I mean, where else am I supposed to store it without forgetting where it is? I'm pretty sure it won't cause any problems there.

Richard - Reply

Image 1/1: Three 4.1 mm screws
  • Remove the following TR6 screws from the antenna plate:

    • Three 4.1 mm screws

    • Three 1.9 mm screws

Had a T7 security screw driver [and didn't want to wait to have the T6 version shipped to me], so I gave it a whirl. I lined up the driver with the screw socket, pressed down a bit to make sure the driver would get enough grip, and slowly [but forcefully] rotated the driver and got these screws out. BE CAUTIOUS not to strip the screws. May not work for everyone.

KevCoStudios - Reply

As TR6 screwdrivers were sold out all over Germany and I wanted to exchange the HDD THIS friday, I took a VERY fine dental milling tip (0,8 mm head diameter) for my proxxon and milled away the little dots in the center of the the TR6 screws. After that I could open the case with a regular T6 screwdriver. All went fine, MM is closed again + working like a charm with it's new SSD. NOTE: For this task I used my loupe glasses (3x) ;)

Martin Gerner - Reply

On the whole screw thing. I just used a tiny dremel drill bit and drilled out the security pin. I hate those screws. I don't see the point in locking the them with those. they should have left the screws alone.

That Mac Guy - Reply

That worked for me, thanks for the trick!

Arroba -

great trick!

James Almeida -

I used the T7 very carefully. No problems.

randywardak - Reply

I just had success using standard pliers to remove the longer screw posts, and then I used standard needle nose pliers to press down and grip the tiny screws. Please note that this method may/will cause scrapping of the aluminium cover.

Barrythetech - Reply

Northern Tools sells a set of 13 Torx Security Keys for $28.99 that has the TR6 size.

Gary Craig - Reply

Image 1/2: With the I/O ports facing you, flip the antenna plate to the right to allow access to the antenna cable connector. Image 2/2: With the I/O ports facing you, flip the antenna plate to the right to allow access to the antenna cable connector.
  • Do not completely remove the antenna plate; it is still connected to the Mac Mini by an antenna cable.

  • With the I/O ports facing you, flip the antenna plate to the right to allow access to the antenna cable connector.

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Image 1/1: Be careful not to lose the washer when removing the screw.
  • Remove the single 3.4 mm T6 screw and washer from the antenna cable.

    • Be careful not to lose the washer when removing the screw.

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  • Use the point of a spudger to lift the antenna connector straight up off its socket on the airport card.

Is this really necessary? The antenna is no where near the SSD drive....

mike - Reply

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  • Carefully pull the antenna cable out from the gap between the power supply and case.

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  • Remove the antenna plate from the Mac Mini.

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  • Remove the 5 mm T5 screw securing the SSD.

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  • Lift the free end of the SSD up slightly and pull it out of its socket.

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  • Carefully lift the SSD out of the case without scratching or touching the gold contacts.

What PCIe SSDs are compatible? I was hoping OWC's site would say, but it looks like OWC is pushing the 2.5" style hard drive for the 2014 Mac mini. The guide for replacing a 2.5" drive looks like you dismantle the entire computer to get there and I'm not really up for that right now. This slot looks like a reasonable alternative.

jeff - Reply

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  • Remove the two 2.6 mm T6 screws securing the PCIe SSD cable bracket.

PCIe SSD & flex cable install on Mac Mini (late 2014) for OS X Fusion Drive [Teardown & Reassembly]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3MmzNRI...

August - Reply

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  • Remove the PCIe SSD cable bracket.

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Image 1/2: Be careful not to pry up on the socket itself. Image 2/2: Be careful not to pry up on the socket itself.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the PCIe SSD connector straight up off of its connector on the logic board.

    • Be careful not to pry up on the socket itself.

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  • Slip the flat end of a spudger under the SSD cable to lift it off the adhesive holding it to the Mac Mini.

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  • Remove the PCIe SSD cable from the Mac Mini.

I can also supply the cable alone (not requiring a full disassembly). Please reply if interested.

Thomas Hall - Reply

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Where i can buy the PCIe SSD card?

melvin suarez - Reply

Where i can buy the PCIe SSD card, someone?

Claudio Vargas - Reply

I can supply these cables. Please reply to this thread.

Thomas Hall -

I found the ssd kit on eBay for $69ish. However, it doesn't include the ssd. Is it mPCI-e or is it an M.2 module?

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