Mac Mini Logic Board Removal Tool

$39.95

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

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Mac Mini Logic Board Removal Tool

$39.95

Product code: IF145-159
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.
  • Apple official model is…shinier?

Product Details

$4.95 iFixit

 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

One year warranty

$39.95 Apple Official

 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

One year warranty

 

Stories

My Problem

Replace logic board; replace HDD with SSD; move HDD to optical bay; upgrade RAM.

My Fix

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.

My Advice

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.

My Problem

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

My Fix

not so difficult, i think less time than 2012 mac mini.

My Advice

Very easy to upgrade to Full 2,5" SSD a 2015 Mac Mini, that become enough speedy for regular productivity work.

My Problem

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!

My Fix

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.

My Advice

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!

My Problem

Needed extra storage as the primary SSD was filling up.

My Fix

Instructions were great! Went very smoothly.

My Advice

The Mac Mini Dual Drive Kit includes the Mac Mini Logic Board Removal Tool so no need to buy it separately.

My Problem

Quickly exceeding the storage space on the old drive.

My Fix

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.

My Advice

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.

My Problem

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.

My Fix

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

My Advice

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.

My Problem

My Mac Mini was running out of room on it's 500Gb drive and I was getting hardware errors that were precluding me from upgrading to Yosemite, the latest version of Mac OS.

My Fix

I started with a competing repair site... went through the 'wizard' to determine what to buy. The drive showed up and it looked suspiciously large for the Mini. So I went back to that site and had an online chat with someone to confirm whether the drive was the right one. They asked for the Mac model and said 'YES' you've got the right one. So I started to open it up. I found online instructions on iFixit to help me with the steps. (the competing site had no help available). I felt like I was doing brain surgery... I get to the drive and the new drive clearly was not going to fit. So I go back online with them, the admitted it was the wrong drive. So I got a return authorization and email with instructions to send back. But they did not offer to pay shipping back to them! It cost me $11 to ship it back! Grrrr... At that point I decided not to give them my business and instead went to iFixit, easily found the right drive, ordered it and installed it, no problems. My Mini is spinning away with it's new 1TB drive!

My Advice

Don't bother with competing repair sites... just go to iFixit.com!

My Problem

Brought temperamental MacBook Pro to the Apple Store where the "genius bar" diagnosis revealed a failing HD. They recommended iFixit.com for the parts and install guide. I ordered a 500GB HD kit which included a comprehensive tool set.

My Fix

The drive was a perfect fit. The tool kit was certainly worth the extra cost. Could not partition the HD however. Received "cannot allocate memory" messages. Internet research led me to try partitioning with HD connected via USB cable which worked perfectly. The"bad" HD was performing normally as well.

Internet threads suggested the internal HD ribbon cable was the culprit. A new one is on the way!

Cable arrived on 10/16, installed it and my original HD. All is well again!

My Advice

1. Kudos to iFixit.com. Great service, great guides. Smart suggestions.

2. The tool kit included was a smart acquisition. My 6-piece home center screw drivers have since been retired.

3. The internet is a good starting place for diagnosing hardware/software problems. The Apple Store's diagnostics rivaled a Las Vegas magician's act but, in the end, was incorrect.

My Problem

Brought temperamental MacBook Pro to he Apple Store where a guy from the "genius bar" diagnosis revealed a failing HD. He recommended iFixit.com for the part and install guide. I ordered a 500GB HD kit which included a comprehensive tool set. t

My Fix

The drive was a perfect fit. The tool kit was certainly worth the extra cost. Could not partition the HD however. Received "cannot allocate memory" messages. Internet research led me to try partitioning with HD connected via USB cable which worked perfectly. The"bad" HD was performing normally as well.

Internet threads suggested the internal HD ribbon cable was the culprit and I ordered a new one.

My Advice

1. Kudos to iFixit.com. Great service, great guides. Smart suggestions.

2. The tool kit included was a smart acquisition. My 6-piece home center screw drivers have been retired.

3. The internet is a good starting place for diagnosing hardware/software problems. The Apple Store's diagnostics rivaled a Las Vegas magician act but, in the end, was incorrect.

My Problem

Battery would only last about an hour, and overall running deathly slow. Was skeptical about investing anything because I had upgraded RAM before, with no noticeable difference.

My Fix

The parts arrived quickly, even being shipped to Canada. The repair was dead easy.

The computer is running considerably faster, I expect to be able to get at least another couple of years out of it. I'm guessing the hybrid drive has a lot to do with this.

My Advice

If you are getting the hard drive 'kit' you probably don't really need the other tools, except maybe the spudger.

I was a bit concerned about how difficult this might be, I haven't dug into the guts of a laptop in over 10 years, and never an Apple product, no problems whatsoever.