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Ifixit mac mini dual hard drive guide

During reinstallation, you will have to slightly squeeze the two posts together so they fit into the openings on the AirPort antenna board. Use the tip of a spudger to slightly lift the left side of the ZIF cable lock up from its socket. The ZIF cable lock will lift about 1 mm and stop.

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Do not try to completely remove the ZIF cable lock. If it refuses to lift from its socket, the ZIF cable lock is not fully released. Make sure it is evenly lifted about 1 mm from the socket on the interconnect board.

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Use a pair of tweezers to lift the hard drive thermal sensor cable connector up off its socket on the logic board. Use tweezers to grab the connector as seen in the picture , not the wires. The connector is located under the optical drive opening, next to the PRAM battery. In the next few steps, you will remove the four Phillips screws securing the internal frame to the bottom case.

Included in each step is an overview picture showing the general location and a closeup showing the actual screw. Remove the recessed Phillips screw near the power button securing the internal frame to the bottom housing. Remove the recessed Phillips screw near the sleep light securing the internal frame to the bottom housing.

This screw is the longest of the four screws securing the internal frame to the bottom case. Remove the Phillips screw near the audio ports securing the internal frame to the bottom case.

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Gently lift the internal frame up from the bottom housing, minding the AirPort antenna and any other cables that may get caught. It may be necessary to pull up near the interconnect board to separate it from the logic board. Remove the Bluetooth antenna from the internal frame by pushing up on both sides of the board as close to the center post as possible.

Turn the mini degrees and remove the two Phillips screws securing the optical drive to the internal frame on the other side. Remove the two Phillips screws securing the interconnect board to the optical drive. Use the flat end of a spudger to separate the interconnect board from the optical drive. Remove the plastic spacer from the optical bay hard drive enclosure by pressing in on one of the clips on either side and lifting it up and out of the enclosure. Make sure that the hard drive connectors are facing down before placing it into the enclosure.

While firmly holding the enclosure in place with one hand, use your other hand to press the hard drive into the enclosure connectors. Once the hard drive is snug, reinsert the plastic spacer while holding the hard drive against the bottom of the enclosure. Attach the optical drive bracket to the new enclosure with two Phillips 0 screws. Reconnect any cables you have removed from the original optical drive onto the optical bay enclosure. Don't ditch that drive! Cancel: I did not complete this guide. Removing the standoff screw is not necessary to remove the fan. You need only raise the fan enough to lift it off the standoff screw.

Grab all the wires at once and gently pull straight up to disconnect the fan from the logic board. Do not pry at the socket, or you may rip it from the logic board. It can be difficult to get the hard drive seated correctly such that the antenna plate fits in place correctly. If the screw holes don't line up with those on the hard drive, make sure that the two pins that are in the back of the hard drive are properly seated in the holes at the back of the case, above the housing for the second hard drive.

The antenna attaches directly to the hard drive red markers , therefore attaching the antenna can move the hard drive around and loosen the connection of the hard drive cable to the logic board. Do not remove the antenna plate yet. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the hard drive connector up from its socket on the logic board. Use the tip of a spudger to lift the IR sensor connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

To remove the logic board, the two cylindrical rods of the Mac mini Logic Board Removal Tool must be inserted into the holes highlighted in red. Inserting instruments into any logic board holes other than the ones highlighted in red may destroy the logic board. Be sure it makes contact with the top side of outer case below the logic board before proceeding.

Carefully slide the logic board assembly out of the mini, minding any cables that may get caught. Pull the hard drive away from the front edge of the mini and remove it from the outer case. During reassembly, there are two pins on the inside edge of the hard drive that fit into the case. The holes have rubber grommets around them, so it may be difficult to tell when you have seated the hard drive correctly.

There are two pairs of holes in the case. Insert the pins into the holes closest to the bottom of the case. Remove the 7. During reassembly, ensure the cables that run alongside the hard drive are tucked under the power supply.

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This will ensure the hard drive is properly seated. In addition, the antenna screw holes will not line up if there are cables in the way.


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Pull the silver metal AC-In socket retainer away from the side of the outer case and remove it from the mini. During reassembly, notice that the silver clip hugs either side of the lower beveled edge of the AC connector. When sliding the clip back in it will hit a stop, but not click into place. You will know that you did it correctly because it will not easily move out of position. The following steps will guide you through installing a second hard drive in your mini.

In the next few steps you will be installing the grommets in the holes located along the brackets boxed in red. While working from the inner side of the bracket, push the grommet through the hole in the side of the bracket. Be sure the grommet is seated nicely in the bracket as seen in the third picture. Repeat the process for the remaining three grommets on either sides of the brackets. The bracket with all four grommets installed should look like the bracket shown in this picture.

Bend the ribbon cable along the dotted lines to help the connectors remain seated in their sockets.

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Bend the ribbon cable 90 degrees at the SSD connector so that it is parallel to the connector. Use the edge of the SSD connector to put a 90 degree downward bend in the cable along the first large dotted line. Hold the ribbon cable on either side of the first small dotted line and bend it up 90 degrees. Attach the cable included in the kit to your second hard drive. In our case, we are using an SSD. I tried adding a 2. The mac mini still doesn't recognize the 2. It doesn't seem to recognize it nor does it show up as a new drive via disk utility. Does anyone know why this is the case?

Posted: April 4. A couple of questions:. The SATA bus will accept any normal 2. I've occasionally heard anecdotal reports of Fusion volumes unexpectedly breaking, leaving two unreadable volumes which must then be reformatted either as separate volumes or as a joined Fusion volume. It makes one wonder how stable the Fusion system is, really. June 15 by adlerpe.

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