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June 25, 2015
I was trying to improve my Wife's Mac Mini to have acceptable performance with a Hybrid drive.
I got stuck on step 2 because although iFixIt Recommended SOME tools I would need for a 2014 Mac Mini, it didn't recommend all the right tools (Mainly a Security Torx 6).
When I called them and explained the issue, the woman seemed to know exactly what the problem was. She understood I got a T6, but not a TR6 in my kit.. and she promised to mail one out.
2 days later I got 2 more T6 (but no TR6). Via twitter (which shouldn't be the primary customer service tool for ANYONE) iFixIt contacted me and said I needed to order the TR6 separately even thought they don't recommend it ANYWHERE on the Hybrid drive page even when you drill down from the specific machine you are trying to repair.
Still waiting for the right tools from iFix it.
Include a TR6 or at least recommend (like you do with the motherboard removal tool) for people working on Newer Mac Minis. I am already frustrated and a week behind and I haven't even started yet. And I am convinced you've forgotten to recommend other parts to me and will get stuck again.
I appreciate their shipping me the TR6 for free when I complained on twitter, but it shouldn't have come to that. I do NOT appreciate their not responding to emails I sent to follow up on the incident.
I would NOT recommend this kit or iFixIt to anyone. and I will not order from them again.
May 20, 2015
I wanted to upgrade the hard drive to an ssd.
The instructions were very straight forward and the mac mini logic board removal tool made it easier. The TR6 is necessary in order to even get into the case.
The TR6 worked for most of the other screws. Some might have suggested a larger bit size but it worked for most except for the hard drive screws which required a larger torx bit.
May 18, 2015
The 5400 rpm drive that came with the Mac Mini was too slow.
Using your clear step-by-step instructions with photos, I was able to take the machine apart, replace the drive with a Samsung 850 Pro, and put the machine back together all in the same evening.
I was initially concerned about the small size of the machine, but one should have no fear. With your instructions it's really simple!
May 4, 2015
I wanted to upgrade the HD in my brand new Mac Mini 2014
Before hand I looked at everything and it looked kind of hard and I thought that there was so many screws.
However after the entire tear down and putting it back together it was quite the opposite.
Just take each step slowly and don't rush through the process and every repair should go just fine.
April 12, 2015
Replace logic board; replace HDD with SSD; move HDD to optical bay; upgrade RAM.
All in all, everything went well. Considering that this was my first repair ever, it took me much longer (4-6 hours) than indicated (40-60 mins). Also, during the repair I had to watch a couple of video tutorials on YouTube, because sometimes the guides alone weren't sufficient.
To anyone who's going to do this repair, make sure you also get a 5.5 mm Phillips screwdriver. During the repair I came across a step which required this particular screwdriver, but I didn't have one since it wasn't mentioned on the list of required tools of the logic board replacement guide.
Furthermore, there is a Phillips #1 Screwdriver listed as a required tool for this repair, but I didn't use it since I managed to carry out that particular step using a Phillips #00 Screwdriver instead.
Also, at the end of the logic board replacement guide it says: "To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order". This is slightly misleading, simply because in doing so you would omit a very important step, namely to apply new thermal paste first. Therefore, I would advise to either include or refer to the 'Applying Thermal Paste' guide at the end of the logic board replacement guide.
April 7, 2015
My new $420 refurbished 2015 Mac Mini has security torx, so i couldn't replace the lazy HDD by an Intel 520 SSD... until i fixit !!
What is strange is that my friend Mac Mini, exactly the same, has no security torx but standard
not so difficult, i think less time than 2012 mac mini.
Very easy to upgrade to Full 2,5" SSD a 2015 Mac Mini, that become enough speedy for regular productivity work.
March 17, 2015
The hard drive in my mac was only 120g. For some reason, I thought that would be adequate when I bought my mac... It's really not! After years of backing up and deleting my files so I could use my mac, I thought, there must be a solution!
Really easy to repair. I was a little nervous to open up my laptop and damage anything. But with the guide, the repair was easy as 1 2 3!
I also took the hard drive out of mine and my partners old macs and, with the hard drive enclosure, now have access to all my old data.
Use a program like carbon copy to copy your old hard drive to the new one.
If there is enough space on your new hard drive; copy any data over from old hard drives, delete the old drives, and use them as external hard drives!
March 10, 2015
Needed extra storage as the primary SSD was filling up.
Instructions were great! Went very smoothly.
The Mac Mini Dual Drive Kit includes the Mac Mini Logic Board Removal Tool so no need to buy it separately.
January 7, 2015
Quickly exceeding the storage space on the old drive.
Overall, the repair went well and is up and running. Had some problems a screw back in the hole for the antenna plate (step 8 of "Mac Mini Mid 2010 Hard Drive Replacement" guide) possibly because of Step 15 not aligning the chassis properly.
If installing the SSD, be aware there is no thermal sensor (since there is little heat from the SSD) on the new SSD drive. You can install it, but you'll have to look for software to adjust the fanspeed or it runs like a jet engine all the time! Plenty of freeware out there that will do this if you search.
December 19, 2014
I bought a used Mid 2011 Mac mini Server and I decided to buy two 1TB Seagate SSHD drives to replace the twin 500GB 7200RPM drives. My father has a Mid 2010 Mac mini (non-server model) with a stock 320GB 5400 RPM hard drive; so I thought I'd give him one of the 500GB 7200 RPM drives that I pulled from the Mid 2011 Mac mini Server in the process.
Having done hard drive swaps and replacements on Mid 2011 non-server model Mac minis as well as Late 2012 non-server Mac mini models, but none of the other "unibody" style Mac mini models.
That being said, given that, I was unprepared for:
a. The thermal sensors and tape on the hard drive of the Mid 2010 model (these are not present on later non-server models' drives)
b. The nature of removing the second drive of the Mid 2011 Server (and how it essentially was the last part to remove from the chassis and that to replace both drives, I basically had to disassemble the entire machine).
Transferring the hard drive films was annoying. Transferring the thermal pads/gromets/whatever was irritating as the adhesive didn't transfer and I had to finagle it so that they were in the right places at least for reassembly. It was interesting
Study both the iFixit guides and the service manuals and don't fear. The "unibody" Mac minis are really good about coming back together. But if you're not using Apple replacement parts, you'll have to transfer films and pads and that will often be annoying and/or difficult. It's a good thing to do if you have an out-of-warranty Mac mini and you want to add storage.