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Replace the optical drive cable if the connector is broken or the ribbon cable itself is damaged.

  1. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement, Bottom Cover: step 1, image 1 of 2 Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement, Bottom Cover: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Place your thumbs in the depressions cut into the bottom cover.

    • Rotate the bottom cover counter-clockwise until the white dot painted on the bottom cover is aligned with the ring inscribed on the outer case.

  2. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Tilt the mini enough to allow the bottom cover to fall away from the outer case.

    • Remove the bottom cover and set it aside.

  3. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement, Fan: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the two 11.3 mm T6 Torx screws securing the fan to the logic board near the antenna plate.

  4. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the ear of the fan nearest the RAM up off the standoff secured to the outer case.

    • If the fan doesn't separate from the standoff screw with a moderate amount of force, you can use a T6 Torx driver to simply remove this screw.

  5. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the fan out of the mini for enough clearance to access its connector.

    • Carefully pull the fan cables upward to lift the fan connector up out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Remove the fan.

  6. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement, Cowling: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the single 3.5 mm T6 Torx screw securing the cowling to the heat sink.

  7. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the cowling from the end nearest the antenna plate.

    • Rotate the cowling away from the outer case and remove it from the mini.

  8. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement, Antenna Plate: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following screws securing the antenna plate to the mini:

    • Two 6.6 mm T8 or T9 Torx screws

    • Two 5.0 mm T8 Torx or 2.0 mm Hex screws (either will work)

  9. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 2 Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Slightly lift the antenna plate from the end closest to the RAM.

    • Carefully pull the antenna plate straight away from the circular rim of the outer case.

    • Do not remove the antenna plate yet. It is still attached to the AirPort/ Bluetooth board.

  10. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Use the tip of a spudger to carefully pry the antenna connector up off the AirPort/Bluetooth board.

  11. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the antenna plate from the mini.

  12. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement, Logic Board: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following three screws:

    • One 5.0 mm T8 Torx or 2.0 mm Hex screw (either will work)

    • One 16.2 mm T6 Torx screw

    • One 26 mm T6 Torx standoff

  13. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 2 Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • Carefully pull the wires for both hard drive thermal sensors upward to lift their connectors up and out of the sockets on the logic board.

  14. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 2 Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry both the hard drive and optical drive connectors up out of their sockets on the logic board.

  15. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 1
    • To disconnect the optical drive thermal sensor, pinch its cables between your thumb and a spudger and pry the spudger upward to lift the connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

  16. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • Use the tip of a spudger to lift the IR sensor connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

    • To remove the logic board, two cylindrical rods 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 a Mac mini Logic Board Removal Tool into the two holes highlighted in red. Be sure it makes contact with the outer case below the logic board before proceeding.

    • If you don't have a Logic Board Removal Tool handy, you can use two tools having a maximum diameter of 2.5 mm instead. Just insert one into each of the highlighted holes.

    • 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.

  17. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement: step 18, image 1 of 1
    • 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.

  18. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement: step 19, image 1 of 1
    • Pull the I/O board/logic board assembly out of the outer case enough to access the power connector.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to disconnect the power cable from the logic board.

    • Pull the power cable connector toward the optical drive opening.

  19. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement: step 20, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully slide the logic board assembly out of the mini, minding any cables that may get caught.

  20. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement, Power Supply: step 21, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the 7.9 mm T6 Torx screw securing the power supply and optical drive to the outer case.

  21. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement: step 22, image 1 of 2 Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement: step 22, image 2 of 2
    • Pull the silver metal AC-In socket retainer away from the side of the outer case and remove it from the mini.

  22. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement: step 23, image 1 of 2 Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement: step 23, image 2 of 2
    • Rotate the AC-In connector 90 degrees counter-clockwise.

  23. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement: step 24, image 1 of 1
    • Slide the power supply out of the mini, minding any cables that may get caught.

  24. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement, Optical Drive: step 25, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the hard drive from the mini, minding any cables that may get caught.

  25. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement: step 26, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the 7.9 mm T6 Torx screw securing the optical drive to the outer case.

  26. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement: step 27, image 1 of 1
    • Slide the optical drive out of the outer case, minding any cables that may get caught.

  27. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement, Optical Drive Cable: step 28, image 1 of 1
    • Slightly lift the small plastic strip spanning the width of the optical drive.

    • Carefully de-route the free end of the optical drive connector out from under the optical drive bracket.

  28. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement: step 29, image 1 of 1
    • Peel the optical drive cable off the body of the optical drive.

  29. Mac mini Mid 2010 Optical Drive Cable Replacement: step 30, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the optical drive cable by pulling its connector away from the body of the optical drive.

Conclusion

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

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