Completed the replacement of the normal hard drive with a Kingston A400 SSD without iFixit’s Repair kit.
I used a cut piece from a coat hanger for the metal logic board removal tool.
Small tweezers, a finished ball point pen, guitar picks and a good flashlight helped a lot to finish the process without hassle.
I also used the SuperDuper! app (on trial - didn’t purchase it since it was mostly for a one-time thing) to clone my old hard drive that came with the MacMini. Since the SSD was 480GB and the old drive was 500GB in capacity, I was able to do a successful clone. To connect the new SSD to the MacMini for the cloning I used a cheap SATA SSD enclosure. It took around 5 hours to clone the drive completely but it was well worth it.
I use XCODE and the improvements were massive.
The metal retaining clip in Step 26 is used to keep the AC-In connector in Step 27 from rotating.
All in all, it was a great success. Thank you iFixit and the people who commented for this great guide.
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