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Mac mini server (2010 model): hard drive replacement

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Mac mini Model A1283

Mac mini Model A1283 Hard Drive Replacement

30 minutes - 2 hours


My Problem

The system drive of our Mac mini server crashed and had to be replaced with a new hard disk

My Fix

Thanks to iFixIt, the repair went well. Unfortunately, the system drive turned out to be the one in the upper bay (i.e. the one that is mounted instead of the super drive, below the second hard disk) and I did not find a guide for replacing that one.

After removing the logic board and the power supply completely from the aluminum body, the upper hard disk bay was accessible (unfortunately, we did not take any pictures during the repair).

My Advice

Since the Mac mini server has two hard drives, it might be useful to identify the individual drives with System Profiler before opening the Mac mini...

After restoring the system from a time machine backup, our wiki server did not work. The solution to this problem was quite simple (as described in several support forums). We only had to create the following directory:

sudo mkdir /Library/Logs/wikid

sudo chown teamsserver:teamsserver /Library/Logs/wikid

500 GB 5400 RPM 2.5" Hard Drive Image
500 GB 5400 RPM 2.5" Hard Drive


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Heavy-Duty Spudger


Mac Mini Logic Board Removal Tool Image
Mac Mini Logic Board Removal Tool


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