Mid 2011 Mac Mini Hard Drive Replacement

Introduction

2011

Mid 2011 Mac Mini Hard Drive Replacement Instructions

Use this guide to completely replace your mini's hard drive. Completing this guide requires rubber cement to stick the old thermal sensors to your new hard drive.

    • Place your thumbs in the depressions cut into the bottom cover.

    • Rotate the bottom cover counter-clockwise until the white dot painted on the bottom cover is aligned with the ring inscribed on the outer case.

    • Tilt the mini enough to allow the bottom cover to fall away from the outer case.

    • Remove the bottom cover and set it aside.

    • Remove the two 11.3 mm T6 Torx screws securing the fan to the logic board near the antenna plate.

    • Lift the ear of the fan nearest the RAM up off the standoff secured to the outer case.

    • If the fan doesn't separate from the standoff screw with a moderate amount of force, you can use a T6 Torx driver to simply remove this screw.

    • Lift the fan out of the mini for enough clearance to access its connector.

    • Carefully pull the fan cables upward to lift the fan connector up out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Remove the fan.

    • Remove the single 3.5 mm T6 Torx screw securing the cowling to the heat sink.

    • Lift the cowling from the end nearest the antenna plate.

    • Rotate the cowling away from the outer case and remove it from the mini.

    • Remove the following screws securing the antenna plate to the mini:

    • Two 6.6 mm T8 Torx screws

    • Two 5.0 mm T8 Torx or 2.0 mm Hex screws (either will work)

    • Slightly lift the antenna plate from the end closest to the RAM.

    • Carefully pull the antenna plate straight away from the circular rim of the outer case.

    • Do not remove the antenna plate yet. It is still attached to the AirPort/ Bluetooth board.

    • Use the tip of a spudger to carefully pry the antenna connector up off the AirPort/Bluetooth board.

    • Remove the following three screws:

    • One 5.0 mm T8 Torx or 2.0 mm Hex screw (either will work)

    • One 16.2 mm T6 Torx screw

    • One 26 mm T6 Torx standoff

    • Carefully pull the wires for both hard drive thermal sensors upward to lift their connectors up and out of their respective sockets on the logic board.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry both the hard drive and optical drive connectors up out of their sockets on the logic board.

    • For enough clearance to remove the hard drive, the logic board must be slightly removed. To accomplish this, two cylindrical rods must be inserted into the holes highlighted in red.

    • Inserting instruments into any logic board holes other than the ones highlighted in red may severely damage the logic board.

    • Insert a Mac mini Logic Board Removal Tool into the two holes highlighted in red. Be sure it makes contact with the outer case below the logic board before proceeding.

    • If you don't have a Logic Board Removal Tool handy, you can use two tools having a maximum diameter of 2.5 mm instead. Just insert one into each of the highlighted holes.

    • Carefully pull the tool toward the I/O board. The logic board and I/O board assembly should slightly slide out of the outer case.

    • Cease prying when the I/O board is visibly separated from the outer case. Remove the Mac mini Logic Board Removal tool.

    • Simultaneously push the two plastic clips on the far left and right sides of the I/O board toward the middle of the I/O board and pull the I/O board slightly away from the outer case.

    • Pull the I/O board/logic board assembly out of the outer case a maximum of 5 mm. Pulling the assembly out further may damage the IR sensor connector (highlighted in red in the third picture).

    • Lift the hard drive from the edge nearest the logic board and remove it from the mini, minding the RAM socket and any cables that may get caught.

    • When reinstalling the hard drive, be sure the two T8 Torx lugs on its far end are inserted into the two rubber grommets highlighted in red in the second picture before sliding the logic board back into place.

    • Remove the strip of tape covering the hard drive connector.

    • Remove the hard drive cable by pulling its connector straight away from the hard drive.

    • Remove the piece of tape covering the thermal sensor attached to the edge of the hard drive.

    • Carefully peel the thermal sensor off the end of the hard drive.

    • Remove the two 6.2 mm T8 Torx screws from the side of the hard drive.

    • Carefully peel the hard drive cover off the hard drive.

    • Hard drive remains.

    • If you are installing a new hard drive, we have an OS X install guide to get you up and running.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

Step 8 Antenna Plate. Remove the following screws securing the antenna plate to the mini: Two 6.6 mm T8 Torx screws. Two 5.0 mm T8 Torx or 2.0 mm Hex screws (either screwdriver will work) When putting back together: 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 boot drive selection screen of the Mac mini, showing the original drive, a Time Machine drive, and the replacement SSD Select the external SSD to continue the booting process from the new drive. OWC 1.0TB Electra 6G SSD DIY Upgrade Bundle for 2011, 2012 Mac Mini, Includes Data Doubler, 5-Piece Installation Toolkit 4.5 out of 5 stars 43 $154. Replace the internal hard drive tray for a Mac mini A1347 Mid 2011 or Late 2012 model. Part #: IF171-022-1. 귀하의 Mac을 직접 수리하십시오. IFixit은 MacBook Air 및 MacBook Pro의 부품과 업그레이드 용품을 판매하며 무료 수리 안내서를 제공합니다.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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