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

 

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$39.95 Apple Official

 

Condition:

New

 

Stories

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

My Problem

Mac Mini with HDD I bought used from eBay was very very very slow though it was in good condition.

My Fix

It went well - except I almost missed out one screw that held the mainboard. SSD was the solution and now I'm very happy with my Mac Mini.

My Advice

Don't miss out the screw that holds the mainboard.

My Problem

System bottleneck was the 5400 RPM hard drive.

My Fix

Everything went very smoothly, no issues at all.

My Advice

My Mini was the single 1TB SATA model. For this upgrade I also purchased a new Apple drive sled (elsewhere) that included the Apple PCIe connector and cable required to mount an Apple PCIe drive in the future. Thus, there were a few extra steps added to my repair but nothing major. I'm considering adding a fast 1TB PCIe next time I open the machine. Also, I'm glad I had the logic board removal tool as I think I would have damaged the board without it.

My Problem

My Mac Mini 2011 lately got slower and slower and I considered even buying a new one. But when I discovered that the core hardware from my mac mini even with a beefed up new mac mini would not be essential different, I reconsidered and looked more into the why my mac mini is slow. Turned out that it seemed to be the hard disk that was the bottle neck. Every disk access end up in a waiting game. So I decided to exchange my hard disk for 500GB SDD and hope that this would solve my problem.

My Fix

I did several repairs before but never on a mac mini and was a bit nervous realizing what a tight space this machine is. With the help of the guide of ifixit it was however a breeze. I was glad that I read some of the comments that suggested that it was not necessary to take out the whole motherboard and sure enough they were right.

My Advice

Take your time. Go slow. It is not necessary to take the motherboard out if you are carefully lay the antenna to its side. If you want more room to work than follow the complete guide and take the motherboard out too.

and for the conclusion: this hdd upgrade totally fixed my performance issue on the mac mini. Feels like a brand new mac again.

My Problem

Our hard drive crapped out and we were not ready to replace the computer.

My Fix

The repair went great! It was actually pretty easy. I hate computers, but I love mechanical things, so opening up electronics to fix is a fun hobby for me. The kit was a great deal for me, as I needed a better tool set and the quality was good.

My Advice

I went slowly and gently so I would have no problems breaking any delicate parts. I kept a can of air handy and organized my screws by step as I removed them. Fitting in the new drive just right was a little tricky, but it slid right in after a few tries.

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