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Mac mini Late 2014 SSD Replacement

What you need

  1. Mac mini Late 2014 SSD Replacement, Bottom Cover: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • 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.

  3. Mac mini Late 2014 SSD Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 2 Mac mini Late 2014 SSD Replacement: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Lift and remove the bottom cover.

  4. Mac mini Late 2014 SSD Replacement, Antenna Plate: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following TR6 screws from the antenna plate:

    • Three 4.1 mm screws

    • Three 1.9 mm screws

  5. Mac mini Late 2014 SSD Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 Mac mini Late 2014 SSD Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  6. Mac mini Late 2014 SSD Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • 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.

  7. Mac mini Late 2014 SSD Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 2 Mac mini Late 2014 SSD Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to lift the antenna connector straight up off its socket on the airport card.

  8. Mac mini Late 2014 SSD Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 2 Mac mini Late 2014 SSD Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Carefully pull the antenna cable out from the gap between the power supply and case.

  9. Mac mini Late 2014 SSD Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the antenna plate from the Mac mini.

  10. Mac mini Late 2014 SSD Replacement, SSD: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • 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.

Conclusion

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

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30 Comments

If I have a Mac Mini without SSD, only with normal Hard Drive (NO Fusion). Can I install a new one SSD like on this tutorial?. Thanks!

Juan Miguel Ramirez - Reply

Please see my comment later in the thread.

Thomas Hall -

Si, yo lo hice y la diferencia es abismal. Necesitaras un adaptador y por supuesto el SSD. Yes, I did it and the difference is abysmal. You will need an adapter and of course the SSD.

Manuel Jesús Flores Jiménez -

Yes, but you need to add a cable to connect it. If you buy the SSD from OWC, they sell a kit which includes the cable and tools (for an extra $20-40, depending on what size/model SSD you get).

shamino -

I have the same question as Juan

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