Answer to: Should I replace the thermal paste on my mini?I pulled apart my mini tonight and re-applied Arctic Silver 5. I have only been up for about 2.5 hours and have yet to produce any thermal cycles, but the temperature is already down a good 6 C from before. The process was utterly painless. For anyone that has taken apart a MBP1,1, you'll know what a joy this model is to work on. For anyone with a modicum of skill, I would say dive in and remove the standard thermal compound. After AC5 has time to reach its full efficacy, I wouldn't be surprised to see an overall 10 C drop across the board. Even know, the 6 C is very much welcome. As I write this, it is sitting at steady 46 C. Before AC5, it ran anywhere between 51-54C. I must admit I hesitated, but ultimately, I'm glad I did it. Preliminary Data I've had time to gather some preliminary data and run several heat cycles. It's now been about 120 hours since the application of AC5. I've also kept the ambient temperature outside the unit constant (increased at times actually, which made little difference in all h...
Answer to: Replace HDD with SSD, will any SSD work (Mac Mini mid 2011)?Yes, any SSD will work. I'm running an OCZ Vertex2 120 GB SSD. Just make sure you upgrade to the drive's latest firmware version after installation. As for OS install, I put the old drive into an external enclosure and booted from its Recovery partition. From there, I did a fresh install of Lion on the internally installed SSD. But I should have researched better. Holding COMMAND+R brings up Internet Recovery, which will install Lion, pulling it from Apple's servers, on even hardrive without any data on it. More here: http://www.apple.com/macosx/recovery/