Mac Mini Logic Board Removal Tool

$4.95

Product code: IF145-159-1
Apple Part #: 922-9588

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Mac Mini Logic Board Removal Tool

$4.95

Product code: IF145-159-1
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.

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Stories

My Problem

Refurbishing a Mini for son's first Mac.

My Fix

These instructions and helpful edits are outstanding!! I can't thank all of you enough for sharing your stories, hints and, especially, your words of caution. Until now, I have only exchanged a couple of easy hard drives in an old Dell and my MBP (Mid 2012), but this is the trickiest venture by far. I have now successfully updated this Mini (Mid 2010) that was purchased from eBay for my teenage son who just hasn't meshed with the world of Windows 8.1 and, truthfully, I'm of no help with that system either. For around $250 (Mini, trackpad, PRAM battery, 16gb RAM and 1Tb fusion drive + free keyboard), this beginner Mac will introduce him to the simplistic flow of how OSs should work.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you again to all of you who have posted. You have helped this middle-aged mom to feel a sense of accomplishment today!!

My Advice

Read everything twice!! Magnetized mat and marker really help too!

My Problem

Replaced slow 5400 HDD.

My Fix

The repair was quicker and easier than expected. I replace the slow 5400 Mac Mini HDD with an SSD. Even though I had to disassemble the whole computer, the guide was easy to follow and the removal tool and TR6 screwdriver I purchased from iFixit worked perfectly.

My Advice

None

My Problem

I bought the entry level 2014 Mac Mini from the Apple refurbs because of the price. As we all know, a good price is not a good price if you don't use the item. Well, the entry level 2014 Mac Mini wasn't getting much use. With only 4 GB of memory, 1.4GHz processor and a spinning disk it was very disappointing from a performance perspective. The one thing I had power to change was the spinning disk. The Mac Mini Logic Bard Removal Tool, All-New Pro Tech Toolkit and the iFixit website were all I needed. 30 minutes later I had a 500GB SSD installed and the reinstallation of OSX was underway. I couldn't be happier. Thanks iFixit.

My Fix

The repair went great. Using the iFixit website there were no surprises.

My Advice

Stay organized. The built in parts tray in the All-New Pro Tech Toolkit was great. During reassembly, I knew exactly which screws to use next because I had laid them out in order as they were removed.

My Problem

My mini was slow. I purchased the mid-grade model with the upgraded CPU & RAM (2.6GHz i5/8GB) because those things are not upgradable on this platform, even if they were, a CPU would cost a 1/3rd the price of the computer so, I skimped on storage purposely to save cash.

This left me with a 5400RPM disk with cutting edge performance from 1998.

My Fix

Pretty quickly. I chose to go with a 500GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD.... This was ridiculously easy with iFixit's 64-bit kit (TR6 bit) & the logic board removal tool. The teardown was useful but, this is a simple upgrade.

My Advice

Unfortunately, in order to take advantage of Apple's PCIe Blade SSDs, you have to buy a ridiculously expensive (& used) unit from eBay. Then, you'll need the caddy which will allow you to add the Apple SSD along with a SATA HDD to create your own Fusion disk.

The ideal route would be to grab the caddy, an Apple PCIe SSD (128/256/512GB,) AND a 1TB SATA SSD like the Samsung 850 PRO/EVO models. This would result in the fastest performing disk I/O any Mac mini has likely ever seen.

I did not clone my disk, I did a fresh install of 10.11.3, then used Migration Assistant to pull my user information & files off the old disk via USB. I prefer it this way because I like the idea of a freshly installed OS... there is nothing wrong with cloning, this is just the route I chose.

You can find tons of information about the mini and the disks it supports from Mac forums. I suggest doing your proper research before you order anything, as these upgrades can be costly.

My Problem

Had a slow ruuning MacBook Pro 13" mid 2012 (non Retina) laptop. Discovered that I only had <5GB of free hard drive space left so I decided to increase HD size & add more RAM.

My Fix

Non painful ordering. Nice online instructions. Easy repair.

My Advice

No earth shattering advise to share.

My Problem

The mini wasn't broken, but the stock hard drive was of the slow 5400 rpm variety, which made the computer itself very slow when running OS X 10.11. So I wanted to find out if I could replace its hard drive with a speedier SSD, and ifixit had the tools and instructions I needed.

My Fix

The repair went fine. The step-by-step instructions were complete and accurate. They took all the guesswork out of how to disassemble the unit to get to the drive bay. There was a little bit of work getting the new SSD to sit in the mount, but that's down to Apple not making it easy. Other than that, it was pretty straightforward. I swapped the drives, put the mini back together, turned it on and cloned the old drive to the new. The drive swap took about 30 minutes, and the cloning took about six hours.

My Advice

I might add one more step at the very end of the drive replacement instructions that shows removing the SATA adapter from the drive itself, which is needed for connecting the new SSD. But I knew about this detail from swapping out laptop drives in older PowerBooks, so that wasn't a mystery for me. Someone doing this task the first time might not know about this detail.

My Problem

Mac mini Hard disk was sooooo slow

My Fix

It went like a breeze

My Advice

Be careful when putting back in place the wifi antenna. It's not easy.

Some more detailed advice on this crucial step would be needed

My Problem

I purchased a cheap 2014 MacMini knowing it had a failed HDD. I replaced the HDD with a 460Gb SSD.

I run the MacMini off a SD card with OSX 10.10 installed on it until I had gathered all the parts I needed. (It actually runs well off a SD card but you do need to ensure the card has a fast Read/Write rate e.g. SanDisk Extreme Pro 32Gb

My Fix

Instructions were perfect although I didn't need tool to extract motherboard - a couple of small screwdrivers did the job. I inadvertently separated the SATA connection plug which connects to the HDD but was able to carefully push it back together once I realised what I had done. The job took about 40minutes. The Mac mini goes real well now with latest OSX El Capitan (10.11) installed.

My Advice

Next step would be to locate a converter plate so I can add in a PCIe Drive.

Watch you don't separate the SATA plug like I did !!!

My Problem

Upgrading a 2014 Mac mini to SSD

My Fix

Went fairly smoothly after watching several videos many times, i gathered the courage to upgrade a hard drive that was going very slow. Overall, it went well with very minor bumps along the way (clip popped out etc...).

My Advice

You will never know unless you do. Having the correct tools also mitigates screwing up.

My Problem

The optical drive did not work so I installed dual Hard Drive instead.

And I want to upgrade to El Kapitan and install some more ROM.

My Fix

I followed the guide from IFIXIT for how to Install Mac Mini Mid 2010 Dual Hard Drive. Very good instruction even for a Norwegian amateur.

I first Cloned the old hard drive with a ekstern Icy Box docking station to my new Samsung 250GB SSD disk.

Followed the instuction and put the new HD in a 12,7mm Optical Bay from Ifixit. Put everything together with som new 8GB (2x4) memory.

Started up and hold down the [alt] when I heard the apple sound. Chose the new SSD as start disk and every thing did work.

I then changed the startup Disk in System Preferences and set the NEW SSD as startup drive.

Then I installed the El Kapitan and I got a brand new Mac :-)

My Advice

Do it!

Read all repair guid in iFixit

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