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このガイドはMacMini Late 2014のハードディスクドライブが1つのみの場合かFusionDriveの交換時に参照してください。

このガイドはFusionDriveのMacMiniの場合の方法です。ハードディスクドライブが1つのみの場合、PCle SSDとそのコネクタの手順を飛ばしてください。

  1. 下面カバーは3つのネジ留めによって固定されています。
    • 下面カバーは3つのネジ留めによって固定されています。

    • ネジ留めの近く(ネジ留めの上ではない)を押し開けてください。

    Read Me First: I purchased an SSD drive directly from Crucial and, of course, it came uninitialized. After going thru the entire tear down, installing the new drive, and rebuilding the mini, it refused to recognize the new drive. So, of course, I had to re-tear it down, remove the new drive, insert it into an external housing and format it using my Macbook. After that the mini recognized the new drive. A word to the wise: format the new drive before installing it.

    tom - 返信

    How were you installing the OS? I am planning on booting into a USB drive with a copy of OS High Sierra on it, and I assume I will be able to format my new Samsung SSD using that?

    Simon - 返信

    On my Samsung EVO 850, mac mini download system automaticly

    Stefan Repac - 返信

    Pre-formatting is not necessary if you make a USB boot installation drive with macOS installer. During boot up, hold down the option key until the mac boot into the USB, formatting can then be done using disk utility running off the USB drive.

    SBR249 - 返信

    I had the exact same experience as tom. I installed a brand new 2TB Samsung 850 EVO and it was not recognized by the Mac Mini. I booted from a portable USB drive with a bootable copy of macOS High Sierra but the 850 EVO SSD I had just installed was not shown as an option. I tore down the Mac Mini again, formatted the 850 EVO, rebuilt the Mac Mini, and booted off the same bootable High Sierra USB drive, and sure enough the 850 EVO was recognized.

    maxim - 返信

    diskutil list

    diskutil erasedisk [filesystem] [drivename] /dev/disk[disk number]

    Paul Rodgers - 返信

    My drive (Evo 860) was also not initialized. I started in recovery mode and went to disc utility and from there selected the drive. I then was able to use the “erase” function on the drive. I just left the settings as default and as soon as it erased then the drive was ready to go.

    Nathan Cooper - 返信

  2. プラスチックの開口ツールで下面カバーをMac mini本体より押し上げてください。 プラスチックの開口ツールで下面カバーをMac mini本体より押し上げてください。 プラスチックの開口ツールで下面カバーをMac mini本体より押し上げてください。
    • プラスチックの開口ツールで下面カバーをMac mini本体より押し上げてください。

    I used some wooden toothpicks instead of the opening tool. This worked flawless for me.

    mhomscheidt - 返信

  3. 下面カバーを引き上げて取り外してください。 下面カバーを引き上げて取り外してください。
    • 下面カバーを引き上げて取り外してください。

    I taped the "Mac Mini Logic Board Removal Tool" to the flat part of the antenna plate before sealing everything up again. I mean, where else am I supposed to store it without forgetting where it is? I'm pretty sure it won't cause any problems there.

    Richard - 返信

    That’s a brilliant idea, @mrredwood!

    Dan Moore -

    I would suggest you wash the underside of the plastic as mine after 3 years was covered in dust.

    John Errington - 返信

  4. アンテナプレートから以下のTR6ネジを取り外してください。
    • アンテナプレートから以下のTR6ネジを取り外してください。

    • 3つの4.1mmネジ

    • 3つの1.9mmネジ

    Had a T7 security screw driver [and didn't want to wait to have the T6 version shipped to me], so I gave it a whirl. I lined up the driver with the screw socket, pressed down a bit to make sure the driver would get enough grip, and slowly [but forcefully] rotated the driver and got these screws out. BE CAUTIOUS not to strip the screws. May not work for everyone.

    KevCoStudios - 返信

    As TR6 screwdrivers were sold out all over Germany and I wanted to exchange the HDD THIS friday, I took a VERY fine dental milling tip (0,8 mm head diameter) for my proxxon and milled away the little dots in the center of the the TR6 screws. After that I could open the case with a regular T6 screwdriver. All went fine, MM is closed again + working like a charm with it's new SSD. NOTE: For this task I used my loupe glasses (3x) ;)

    Martin Gerner - 返信

    On the whole screw thing. I just used a tiny dremel drill bit and drilled out the security pin. I hate those screws. I don't see the point in locking the them with those. they should have left the screws alone.

    That Mac Guy - 返信

    That worked for me, thanks for the trick!

    Arroba -

    I used the T7 very carefully. No problems.

    randywardak - 返信

    I just had success using standard pliers to remove the longer screw posts, and then I used standard needle nose pliers to press down and grip the tiny screws. Please note that this method may/will cause scrapping of the aluminium cover.

    Barrythetech - 返信

    Northern Tools sells a set of 13 Torx Security Keys for $28.99 that has the TR6 size.

    Gary Craig - 返信

    On my 2nd drive replacement (swapping out to an SSD this time). Could not find my logic board removal tool. So I made another one from a metal coat hanger. So, here’s my tip, when you put it all back together: the logic board removal tool fits around that small black circle antenna perfectly and you can replace the large black cover over the top snuggly. No rattles or anything.. So, next time: I’m guaranteed to find my logic board removal tool.

    Andy Milne - 返信

    The three longer screws could be removed with pliers.

    The three shorter once I drilled out with a sharp 3 mm drill.

    First put tape across the ventilation opening and carefully vacuum cleaned before taking of the antenna plate, though.

    Don’t you hate it when the manufacturer does things like this, though??

    ernstcline - 返信

    My set of drill bits contained a T6H but no TR6 (I don’t know the difference). That worked too without problems

    Claus - 返信

  5. アンテナプレートを完全に本体から取り外さないでください。アンテナプレートはまだMac miniとアンテナケーブルで繋がっています。 接続端子が自分の方に向くように置き、アンテナケーブルコネクタに触れるようにアンテナプレートを右側に裏返します。
    • アンテナプレートを完全に本体から取り外さないでください。アンテナプレートはまだMac miniとアンテナケーブルで繋がっています。

    • 接続端子が自分の方に向くように置き、アンテナケーブルコネクタに触れるようにアンテナプレートを右側に裏返します。

  6. アンテナケーブルから1つの3.4mmT6ネジとワッシャーを取り外します。
    • アンテナケーブルから1つの3.4mmT6ネジとワッシャーを取り外します。

    • ネジを取り外すときにワッシャーをなくさないように気をつけてください。

    This is a pain in the arse to get back on. Lock the screw down first when reassembling.

    Jim Allen - 返信

    No need toremove this. The cable squeezes out of the gap under the case with enough length for the antenna plate to be out of the way.

    cheongi - 返信

  7. ピンセットを使ってエアポートカード上にあるソケットからアンテナケーブルコネクタを上に引き抜きます。 ピンセットを使ってエアポートカード上にあるソケットからアンテナケーブルコネクタを上に引き抜きます。
    • ピンセットを使ってエアポートカード上にあるソケットからアンテナケーブルコネクタを上に引き抜きます。

    Is this really necessary? The antenna is no where near the SSD drive....

    mike - 返信

    This was the most tricky part for me when remounting the Mac Mini. With my bad eyes, I’ve spent 10 minutes inserting this tiny round antenna plug in the hole. I’ve decided to put the screw back without tighten it too strongly and then it was easier.

    afajner - 返信

    I have been having wifi issues ever since I changed the drive. I don’t know if this connector is the cause or not.

    Simon - 返信

    I have been having wifi issues ever since I did this upgrade. Don’t know if it’s this connector or not.

    Simon - 返信

    Afajner great rip. Worked great. Thx

    Milton - 返信

    Afajner, your tip worked great. Thanks.

    Milton - 返信

    This is a very fiddly connector. Afajner’s tip is recommended. Make sure the connector is in securely. It will not wiggle or make a ticking sound when pressed when it is seated correctly.

    maxim - 返信

    I had trouble at this point too. My experience: Loosen the screw a bit and than center the antenna plug over the pin. In my case I heard a click when I plugged it in correctly. Don’t forget to tighten the screw afterwards.

    Matthias - 返信

    Is this really necessary? The antenna is no where near the SSD drive....

    mike - 06/25/2017

    UP! is it?

    sandro.vezzali - 返信

    Not strictly necessary for SSD access, no—just allows you to detach the antenna plate and get it safely out of the way. You can leave it in place if you prefer, but be careful to support the antenna plate and make sure the cable doesn’t get strained or yanked accidentally.

    Jeff Suovanen -

    Wenn nur die M.2 gewechselt werden soll, empfehle ich, den Antennenstecker nicht abzuschrauben und den Deckel einfach vorsichtig beiseite zu legen. Es ist dann allemal genug Platz zum Wechsel der M.2.

    Das Ausstecken dieses Steckers ist hier wirklich nicht einfach, da die Anschlüsse winzig und mit bloßem Auge kaum zu erkennen sind. Hat bei mir gut 20 Minuten gedauert, bis ich das Teil wieder drauf hatte. Eine Lupe kann hier wirklich helfen. Auch das vorherige Fixieren mit der Schraube macht es ggfs. etwas einfacher. Der restliche Ausbau/Umbau/Zusamenbau war nach einer knappen halben Stunde erledigt und ist für jeden mit etwas Geduld machbar.

    Des weiteren aufpassen mit der winzigen Schraube, die beim Zusammenbau leicht verkanten kann und dann sehr schnell abreißt.

    Hermann Röttger - 返信

  8. 気をつけて電源系統とケースの間からアンテナケーブルを引き抜きます。 気をつけて電源系統とケースの間からアンテナケーブルを引き抜きます。
    • 気をつけて電源系統とケースの間からアンテナケーブルを引き抜きます。

    Use tab that the screw goes through to align the connecter more easily.

    Rob Speight - 返信

  9. Mac miniからアンテナプレートを取り外します。
    • Mac miniからアンテナプレートを取り外します。

  10. ファンの2つの12mmT6ネジを取り外します。
    • ファンの2つの12mmT6ネジを取り外します。

    • 27mmT6キャプティブネジを緩めます。

    That 27mm screw should be very loose, since it attaches the motherboard to the case. When you’re trying to remove the motherboard, if the AC connection side of the board is not moving back easily, you need to make sure this screw is fully backed out from the case.

    There’s no danger in removing it completely.

    marklfarley - 返信

    I suggest removing the 27 mm tool, otherwise Step 23 will not work.

    Arvin Bhatnagar - 返信

    Actually you don’t need to remove 27mm from the fan. I was able to tilt a little when I take the logic board out in Step 23. I also didn’t take the fan cable too. When you pull the logic board out, put the fan on the back of logic board as you pull it out.

    Kenneth Z - 返信

  11. ファンのコネクタはファンの縁の下に隠されています。これはファンを取り出さなければコネクタを外せません。 ファンを完全に取り外すまでコネクタを外さないでください。 ファンをロジックボードのネジ穴からまっすぐ引き上げてください。
    • ファンのコネクタはファンの縁の下に隠されています。これはファンを取り出さなければコネクタを外せません。

    • ファンを完全に取り外すまでコネクタを外さないでください。

    • ファンをロジックボードのネジ穴からまっすぐ引き上げてください。

    • ファンのコネクタに触れられるようになるまでSSDからファンを引き抜きます。

  12. スパッジャーの先端を使って、ロジックボードの上にあるソケットからファンコネクタを引き上げて抜きます。 スパッジャーの先端を使って、ロジックボードの上にあるソケットからファンコネクタを引き上げて抜きます。
    • スパッジャーの先端を使って、ロジックボードの上にあるソケットからファンコネクタを引き上げて抜きます。

    When I did this the entire socket came off the logic board. What do I do now?

    Tyler - 返信

    I broke off the connector. More photos of the connector may help. I lifted it but the pins broke off. It took me awhile to find points on the board to solder the wires to. I got 3 of 4 wires and the fan operates.

    Beryl Sachs - 返信

    I would suggest NOT using the point end of the Spudger but the wide end. Place behind connector (wire side) and twist gently.

    If I may be so bold as to also suggest that a torch be used for those small components/connections.

    TisMise - 返信

    I also broke the socket off. I don’t have the ability to solder little $@$* like that. I’m sad.

    Daniel Rackerby - 返信

    broke it… how bad is the no fan option?

    Kris Chu - 返信

    @TisMise you’re right thanks a lot! ;)

    Stefania Izzo - 返信

    You don’t need to disconnect the fan cable to take out the logic board. When you slip the logic board out, put the the fan behind the logic board as you push it out.

    Kenneth Z - 返信

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  14. Mac miniからファンを取り外します。
    • Mac miniからファンを取り外します。

  15. SATAケーブルコネクタのブラケットを固定している2.6mmT6ネジを外してください。
    • SATAケーブルコネクタのブラケットを固定している2.6mmT6ネジを外してください。

    This screw is very short, when I tried to put it back, the beginning of its thread got dusted and now it's impossible to use it to fix the bracket in place. It should be 3.5 mm instead of 2.6. Nevertheless, the SATA connector is firmly attached to the logical board withou screw+bracket and my mac mini is working nicely.

    mario.estolano - 返信

  16. SATAケーブルコネクタのブラケットを外してください。 SATAケーブルコネクタのブラケットを外してください。
    • SATAケーブルコネクタのブラケットを外してください。

    This procedure works to add a SATA hard drive/SSD to a PCIe SSD-only Mac Mini using iFixit's Mac Mini Dual Drive Kit. The one thing that's missing from the kit is SATA cable connector bracket (and screw). This is not the end of the world: the cable is a snug fit in the logic board socket, so the bracket is only a safety measure.

    Dominic Dunlop - 返信

  17. ヘラ状のスパッジャーを用いてSATAケーブルコネクタをロジックボード上のソケットから外してください。 ヘラ状のスパッジャーを用いてSATAケーブルコネクタをロジックボード上のソケットから外してください。
    • ヘラ状のスパッジャーを用いてSATAケーブルコネクタをロジックボード上のソケットから外してください。

    Last time I did this I got the tool under the socket and it broke off. This caused the power light not to work. I don’t use the IR function so it wasn’t an issue. When putting this connector back on, make sure it seats well as many have has issues with the the power light not working. You will read more of this on the comments at the bottom

    Greg Bouten - 返信

  18. 先端の尖ったスパッジャーを用いて赤外線センサーケーブルコネクタを外してください。このとき、その部分をソケットからまっすぐ引き抜いてください。 先端の尖ったスパッジャーを用いて赤外線センサーケーブルコネクタを外してください。このとき、その部分をソケットからまっすぐ引き抜いてください。
    • 先端の尖ったスパッジャーを用いて赤外線センサーケーブルコネクタを外してください。このとき、その部分をソケットからまっすぐ引き抜いてください。

    Be careful in this step. I am known for my gentle hands and the little cable flew out regardless. Was able to reinsert with no damage but was terrifying!

    Liliana Chavez - 返信

    What if the entire connector came off? Can this be glued again? How can I fix this?? :(

    Cai - 返信

    @caicruzz The socket will have to be re-soldered to the board. It’s not terribly difficult, but requires some specialized equipment and I wouldn’t recommend it as a DIY on any machine you care about, at least not without a lot of practice first. I’d suggest reaching out to a repair shop that handles board-level repairs. Sorry for the frustration! Accidents happen sometimes; fortunately this one is very fixable.

    Jeff Suovanen -

    This happened to me as well. Can I simply tape it in place? I’m never going to use the IR sensor anyway.

    Joseph Stillwell - 返信

    Is you made mini working without connecting the Broken IR bracket? I did this the other day and I can live without the IR and LED light. I could solder it, but rather not if the machine works without it

    John Kokkas -

    I did this. So mad at myself. Will my Mini still work if I left it as is. I understand that I won’t have IR and the LED light won’t work, but I can live without it

    John Kokkas - 返信

    I broke it too. Really annoying as I do use (or, used to) the IR sensor).

    Daniel Rackerby - 返信

    Of course I broke mine off… Be careful when you put the cable in! The Mini is working without it but no IR and LED on the front.

    bigsee - 返信

    Use a fine tip set of tweesers and slip the end under th wires and gently pry up.

    juggledad - 返信

    Je l’ai cassé aussi ….

    Bruno Villers - 返信

  19. これからの3つの手順はMac miniにPCle SSDが装着されている場合のみ行ってください。もしハードドライブのみ装着している場合は次の3つの手順は必要ありません。
    • これからの3つの手順はMac miniにPCle SSDが装着されている場合のみ行ってください。もしハードドライブのみ装着している場合は次の3つの手順は必要ありません。

    • PCle SSDケーブルのブラケットを固定している2つのT6ネジを外してください。

    Steps 18-20 only apply if you are removing a fusion drive. Otherwise skip to step 21 during removal.

    Stephen Reaser - 返信

  20. PCle SSDケーブルブラケットを取り出してください。 PCle SSDケーブルブラケットを取り出してください。
    • PCle SSDケーブルブラケットを取り出してください。

  21. PCle SSDコネクタをソケットから持ち上げて外します。 PCle SSDコネクタをソケットから持ち上げて外します。
    • PCle SSDコネクタをソケットから持ち上げて外します。

    Is the PCIe connector present and usable on the mid-range Mac mini? I don't need the ~$300 fusion drive but would like the comfort of knowing that I can add an extra SSD in the future.

    Michael Johnson - 返信

    No, only present in Mac Minis configured with a fusion drive.

    rasmus - 返信

    Not true. I am looking @ the inside of a mac mini _not_ configured with a fusion drive, and the connector is present.

    Samuel Bostick - 返信

    The PCIe connector is only present if the computer came factory configured with any sort of flash storage (SSD or fusion drive). Otherwise, the cable, the connector, the bracket, and the 2 screws are all missing. The fusion drive is essentially a disk drive plus a small capacity SSD blade which the OS recognizes as a combined drive. Fortunately, if you didn’t have an SSD before, you can easily buy the connector cable part on the internet. The bracket and screws are not necessary.

    SBR249 - 返信

    Is it correct that the “iFixit Mac mini Unibody SSD Upgrade Bundle” with a 500-Gbyte Crucial MX500 SSD does not require a PCIe connector? This is for a late 2014 Mac Mini with a failed HDD (order number MGEM2*/A). I think it is correct, as the connectors on the Crucial SSD look just like those on the HDD, but just checking…

    David Newman - 返信

  22. ロジックボードを固定している1つの16mmT6ネジを外します。
    • ロジックボードを固定している1つの16mmT6ネジを外します。

    • ロジックボードを外すには、Mac miniロジックボード専用の取外しツールには入っている円筒形の棒2本を赤くマークされたホール部分に挿入してください。赤くマークされた部分以外のロジックボード上の穴に差し込んだ場合、破損する可能性があります。

    • Mac miniロジックボード専用取外しツールを赤くマークされた2つの穴に入れます。必ず棒がロジックボードの下のケースに到達するまで入れてください。

    Instead of the removal tool it is also possible to use two metal pins with 2,5mm diameter.

    Yuuki Galaxy - 返信

    A T8 screw driver worked best for me on the 4 hard drive screws.

    rparks89 - 返信

    Yes - You need a T8 there rather than T9.

    amrgardner -

    T9 was a perfect fit for me.

    dloftis -

    T8 screws in my HDD

    aiino - 返信

    You don’t need a tool for this step, just turn the Mac Mini around 180º and push the vent for the fan with your thumbs. The board will push straight out. That’s what I did.

    Daniel De Ciantis - 返信

    Simple thumb-pushing didn’t work for me, so I bought the tool.

    Insert the MMLBRtool. How far? There’s an initial lip you might catch about halfway down, but wiggle beyond the lip to a definite bottoming out, and equal lengths of the tool on each side of the elbows as shown.

    As you lever the logic board per the illustrations, you’ll notice the black bezel begin to separate on one side or the other. Use a prying tool or guitar pick to help separate the bezel from the body on top and bottom, and the logic board will slide out easily with gentle prying.

    On my Mini, the bezel’s retaining clips (best seen in Step 25) were very snug to the body, preventing the thumb-push. Using the pick released them from the body.

    s gardner - 返信

    You definitely don’t need the tool. Just get two screwdrivers small enough to fit in the holes and push them both at the same time. I have about a million tiny torx screwdirvers that came with iphone screen replacement kits. I’m sure you do too.

    Mark2000 - 返信

    I used an old coat hanger. I just cut the end off with some pliers and then bent it into a similar shape as the tool. The biggest thing is making sure both sides are about the same length. Also, don’t put your thumbs on the black plastic part on the back of the mini because you won’t be able to pull the logic board out that way.

    Nathan Cooper - 返信

    As I didn't have the Mac mini Logic Board removal tool, I used two small Alien tools, similar to the Mac mini Logic Board removal tool.

    marcoscaj - 返信

  23. 注意しながら I/Oボードに向けてツールを倒します。ロジックボードと I/Oボードはケースからゆっくりスライドすると外れるように組み立てられています。 取り外しツールがケース縁に当たったらストップします。 Mac miniロジックボード専用取外しツールを出します。
    • 注意しながら I/Oボードに向けてツールを倒します。ロジックボードと I/Oボードはケースからゆっくりスライドすると外れるように組み立てられています。

    • 取り外しツールがケース縁に当たったらストップします。

    • Mac miniロジックボード専用取外しツールを出します。

    I had some trouble getting mine started here. If your logic board seems stuck, try pushing the removal tool on both sides near the bottom (vs the top like the photos show) with your index fingers, holding the case with your ring and pinky fingers so that your hands are completely free of the back of the computer (the side with the ports). This worked for me. Otherwise, this guide made the process smooth!

    moorejeffery - 返信

    The removal tool fits into sockets below the board, just 'lean' the tool over and the logic board will ease out. When refitting the logic board make sure the tabs around the I/O shield slip inside the shell and press home firmly. If the fixing screw does not thread into it's hole, the board is not fully home.

    Malcolm Norwood - 返信

    This is what worked for me!

    Rick Allen -

    Make sure you do *not* have your thumbs on the black plastic I/O shield while attempting this step!

    Stephen Reaser - 返信

    I was able to push the logic board out, with a little bit of stress and patience, without the specified tool. Rather I used two paper clips, larger than average, and being very gentle to get the initial nudge. I then finished it off using only my fingers, as the paper clips were not strong enough and would have bended. Doable, but probably easier with the tool.

    mt - 返信

    Even with the tool - it takes more force than you think. There are clips on both sides of the board. Be aware of that when putting it back.

    Jim Allen -

    I used 2 mini flathead screwdrivers with the same thickness as the holes with the heads aligned straight up and down. They will fit into little sockets attached to the case below the board. The side with the power cord came out much easier than the side with the headphone jack, so I removed the tools after a small gap was created and pushed semi-hard on the logic board with a broken spudger (a screwdriver would have worked, too) right in the elbow curve shown to the left of the screw in step 14, and the whole thing slid right out.

    unixmonkey1 - 返信

    I saw a video where a guy just used a coat hanger to make his own tool. Good to know in case you've already started taking it apart and haven't already purchased the tool.

    James Almeida - 返信

    The coat hanger trick worked flawlessly for me. Very easy.

    Jochen -

    May be its me, but I had a right issue with this, I then noticed the screw I loosened in step 10 was bending over. I removed the screw completely, logic board came out, and the metal pillar on the underneath of the board where said screw went in was bent. When I put it all back together afterwards after changing the drive, that long screw was bend, on straightening everything up, the pillar snapped off the logic board. Everything tightened up and its booted up fine. It might just me not following the instructions properly though

    steve - 返信

    Same here. The screw has to be backed out further than I thought. This should maybe be clearer.

    marklfarley -

    For me the screw loosened in step 10 came out with the fan. it "should" be a captive screw meaning it doesn't stay in when the fan comes out

    Bill Pennock - 返信

    I had 2 complete sets of allen wrenches, one metric and one standard and found one each that fit the holes perfectly. With those I was able to find the "pry spots" that are on the base of the case very easily and a slight nudge moved the board. really worked EXCELLENTLY

    Bill Pennock - 返信

    My logic board was hung up on the left side with the plastic retainer or the two grounding tabs not giving up the ghost. There is no good picture of this on this procedure. If you go the the heat sink replacement procedure you can see a pretty good bit of it below the presenter’s right thumb in the opening pic and in a larger pic at step 27. Not that the logic board assembly can move much while seated I was able to shift (ever so slightly) the black plastic backside to the right and the board finally unlatched and came out. I was so worried that I was going to over force it and break something, you know, like the logic board. Not sure if I have a solution other than don’t force it. If it seems hard and one side seems to have a screw or other some such locking device stop forcing it and try shifting the logic board to the side opposite were it is catching.

    Eric Jorgensen - 返信

    I had an issue during reassembly where the AC in socket was just offset and would not line up correctly. I inserted the power cord (unplugged from wall) as I did the final push and everything finally lined up right.

    Austin McGuire - 返信

    One thing about sliding the assembly board in, i.e. when you are doing the steps backwards, is that there is squishy pad on left and clip on the righ (when viewing mac mini from bottom) if you carefully observe and then it becomes easy to get the assembly in or out if you think about it.

    Trushar - 返信

    Though I’m sure the tool would work really well, we were able to trouble shoot this with an old microwave oven tray. We clipped the pieces and they were strong and small enough to help remove the logic tray.

    Kuldip Kainth - 返信

    This step seems like it would be easier with a lot of thin tools like iFixit’s Jimmy being used to release the clips holding the IO panel to the case. It will slide apart with brute force, but until you realize what’s holding it shut, it feels like more force than it reasonable.

    Patrick Friedel - 返信

    As I didn't have the Mac mini Logic Board removal tool, I used two small Alien tools, similar to the Mac mini Logic Board removal tool.

    marcoscaj - 返信

  24. DC-Inケーブルコネクタをロジックボード上のソケットからまっすぐ抜いてください。 DC-Inケーブルコネクタをロジックボード上のソケットからまっすぐ抜いてください。
    • DC-Inケーブルコネクタをロジックボード上のソケットからまっすぐ抜いてください。

    When reassembling, I made the mistake of pushing the logic board all the way in before trying to reattach the DC-In cable connector. It is much easier to reattach the connector with the logic board pushed in just short of final seating.

    Saqib Qazi - 返信

    Very usefull comment!!!

    Jean-Marie Sengelen -

    very small needle-nose pliers help, when reassembling.

    allanschwartz - 返信

    This is very tricky and to get it off requires a fair bit of (considered) force. Putting it back on I also found a little difficult until I realized it seats slightly lower than you might anticipate. The connector isn’t flush with the top of the motherboard.

    Rob Speight - 返信

  25. 注意しながらロジックボードアセンブリをMac miniから外します。このときケーブルを巻き込まないよう気をつけてください。 注意しながらロジックボードアセンブリをMac miniから外します。このときケーブルを巻き込まないよう気をつけてください。
    • 注意しながらロジックボードアセンブリをMac miniから外します。このときケーブルを巻き込まないよう気をつけてください。

    When sliding the logic board assembly back in later, mind the tabs, especially those at each end.

    Richard - 返信

    When sliding the logic board back in, also be careful and make sure the rubber “sock” on the logic board wraps around the AC-in socket on the power supply.

    Anton - 返信

    If you can’t get the logic board assembly back in so that it is flush (as it was before you did your surgery on the machine) then I would pay attention to two things: 1) the “sock.” Make sure it is back in place in the right way. I wish I could tell you which way that is but because there is no picture I had to guess and I can’t remember what my guess was now. 2) the retaining clip in step 26. I was unable to properly seat the logic board back into the machine so that it was flush UNTIL I fooled around with the clip and, I GUESS, put it in properly this time. After I did that I was able to properly push the logic board back into place.

    Christopher Todd - 返信

    These comments just reinforce the fact that iFixit should include reassembly instructions! Just saying to reverse the procedure is not adequate. Reassembly often has unique issues that are not encountered during disassembly.

    kevs - 返信

    Unless it was seated perfectly when the machine was first put together, the “sock” is likely to come off the logic board assembly when you pop the logic board out. To help reassemble, I have this advice:

    1. The sock has two parts, a stiffer rectangle part and a softer oval part with ridges. The oval part goes towards the outside (back) of the board assembly (where all the receptacles are for the external connections); the rectangle goes towards the inside of the machine.

    2. The rectangle has a stiff, rectangular “magnet-like” piece on one side: that’s the bottom. The top has a slight indentation that fits directly under a “clip” piece on the logic board. That clip is pretty much the only thing holding the sock to the board.

    3. The entire sock does not really seat strongly into the logic board, it’s sort of a gravity fit. So don’t look for places to jam things in: just lay the sock in gently and hook it under the clip and just make sure the oval aligns properly around the socket where the AC cord fits in.

    daniel.brotsky - 返信

  26. AC入力ソケットは小さな金属クリップによって止められています。 ピンセットか指でACソケットのクリップを引き出し、Mac miniから外してください。 クリップをもう一度つける時は、クリック音がしなかったとしても止まるまで押し込んでください。
    • AC入力ソケットは小さな金属クリップによって止められています。

    • ピンセットか指でACソケットのクリップを引き出し、Mac miniから外してください。

    • クリップをもう一度つける時は、クリック音がしなかったとしても止まるまで押し込んでください。

    Be careful with this seemingly easy step. A few weeks after following this guide to replace my hard drive I noticed that something inside the Mac mini was loose and moving around. I was very annoyed but decided to open it again to have a look and it turned out the be the retaining clip.

    I think I damaged it a little bit and it's not holding into place firmly like it is supposed to anymore. I wonder if I can remove it completely in case it happens again.

    Franck Thomas - 返信

    This re-install of the clip was surprisingly pesky, I agree. The AC-in socket wanted to sit too far towards the edge of the case, so the retaining clip couldn't be slipped on far enough to close fully around it. I had to push the AC socket to the left while sliding the clip to the right until the wings were really securely closed.

    Jon Scott - 返信

    I fully agree with the pesky nature of this clip. During my reinstall I noticed that the logic board assembly would not go back in flush with the metal case. Nothing I did changed that. I had to pull out the logic board assembly again and for some reason I decided to futz with the clip. I think I must have re-seated it a little bit better because I was then able to push the assembly back into place and make it flush again. This pin is a PITA!

    Christopher Todd - 返信

    I ageee. When it popped loose I thought I broke it. My retaining clip disappeared but that plug is very tight.. it’s not budging. Take the time to make sure it’s aligned properly - there are little indents in the top and bottom of the case. You’ll know it’s right if you don’t have to fight it.

    Jim Allen - 返信

    I don’t understand why this retaining clip is necessary. The AC-in “latch” is positioned by the grove in the case, and quite tight. The power supply is keyed in the back, and attached with the (step 29) screw. I can’t see the retaining clip doing anything, so I will leave it out.

    allanschwartz - 返信

    I left mine out as well. Like you, I just can’t see how it is necessary unless perhaps you take your mini on the go and it could be moved around a lot. If the mini is just going to sit on a desk, i don’t see any way that the plug comes out of place.

    Nathan Cooper -

    After completing this guide and reassembling I picked up my Mac Mini to put it back on my desk and noticed something rattling around. I can only think it was this part. Worth checking its firmly in position before going too far with reassembling.

    Gareth Little - 返信

  27. ケースから電源を取り出すには、AC入力コントローラを掴み、掛け金を外すようにして外します。 AC入力コントローラは90度逆時計回りに回します。 AC入力コントローラは90度逆時計回りに回します。
    • ケースから電源を取り出すには、AC入力コントローラを掴み、掛け金を外すようにして外します。

    • AC入力コントローラは90度逆時計回りに回します。

  28. AC入力の掛け金はケースの上の溝に掛けるように留められています。
    • AC入力の掛け金はケースの上の溝に掛けるように留められています。

    • 電源を再組み立てする際は、留め金が溝に掛かっており、電源がケースにきちんと奥まで差し込まれているか確認することが大切です。

    "During reassembly ensure the power supply is inserted far enough into the case that the latch will engage with the groove." -- Tip: Flip the case upside down and wiggle the power supply a bit to get it seated properly so the screw hole lines up.

    Brad Bowers - 返信

  29. 電源に固定されている8mmT6ネジを外します。
    • 電源に固定されている8mmT6ネジを外します。

    During reassembly, leave this a bit loose so that you can wiggle the AC-in latch into place in step 28

    Sandip Bhattacharya - 返信

  30. どのケーブルも巻き込まないよう注意しながら、電源をスライドしてMac miniから外します。 どのケーブルも巻き込まないよう注意しながら、電源をスライドしてMac miniから外します。
    • どのケーブルも巻き込まないよう注意しながら、電源をスライドしてMac miniから外します。

    When re-seating the PSU, be sure to align the little metal tab that points toward of the front of the Mac Mini so that it mates with the receiving socket at the front of the case. If not, the light at the front of the case that glows white when the Mac Mini is in various power states will not illuminate.

    maxim - 返信

  31. ドライブトレイに固定されている8mmT6ネジを1本取り外します。
    • ドライブトレイに固定されている8mmT6ネジを1本取り外します。

  32. ドライブトレイをMac miniから持ち上げて外します。 ドライブトレイをMac miniから持ち上げて外します。 ドライブトレイをMac miniから持ち上げて外します。
    • ドライブトレイをMac miniから持ち上げて外します。

    When re-installing drive tray, note two holes in tray engage two spuds at the far end. I fumbled with this for a minute.

    Jon Scott - 返信

  33. ハードドライブをドライブトレイに固定している6.5mmT8ネジを計4本(両側に2本ずつ)外します。 ハードドライブをドライブトレイに固定している6.5mmT8ネジを計4本(両側に2本ずつ)外します。
    • ハードドライブをドライブトレイに固定している6.5mmT8ネジを計4本(両側に2本ずつ)外します。

    Like others, a T8 screw driver worked best for me on the 4 hard drive screws.

    sorinjc - 返信

    it is t8 not t9. you owe me a TR6 Torx Security bit :D

    giammin - 返信

    I found the 4 screws quite hard to remove and needed to use an 8mm spanner on the back of my T8 screwdriver to get them loose.

    Reiner Friedel - 返信

    Screws have loctite residue. I put a tiny drop of fresh blue (semi-permanent) on each screw before reinstalling.

    Jon Scott - 返信

    T9 was the right one for mine

    Bill Pennock - 返信

    T9 Torx from recommended barely allowed me to remove these screws. I had to press very strong them into screws, so that pressure and minimal adhesion made it possible to move something.

    Vitalijs Ozornins - 返信

    T8 was more appropriate for me !!!

    afajner - 返信

    The instructions at the top recommend a T9 but the link plops a TR9 into your basket. In any event, the T8 works better.

    tom - 返信

    T8 was also good for me. Mini was manufactured in 2016 October.

    soul.tan - 返信

    TR7 did the job.

    Benni Piron - 返信

    Is this a security screwdriver just like the TR6 Security Screwdriver?

    Shubham Ojha - 返信

  34. ハードドライブをドライブトレイから持ち上げて外します。 再組み立ての際にはハードドライブケーブルをドライブトレイの穴に通すことに気をつけてください。 再組み立ての際にはハードドライブケーブルをドライブトレイの穴に通すことに気をつけてください。
    • ハードドライブをドライブトレイから持ち上げて外します。

    • 再組み立ての際にはハードドライブケーブルをドライブトレイの穴に通すことに気をつけてください。

  35. リボンケーブルを持ち上げて、その底に貼られた黒色のテープを丁寧に剥がします。このテープはハードドライブにSATAケーブルのコネクタを固定しています。テープを剥がし忘れてしまうと、ハウジング内の接続保持能力が非常に低いため、フレックスケーブルに半田付けされた接続パーツがコネクタハウジングから切断してしまう可能性があります。 SATAケーブルのコネクタをハードディスクドライブからまっすぐ引き抜いてください。 元のハードディスクドライブの2つの正方形をした粘着パッド(写真では1つのハードドライブが確認できます)をハードドライブの角から慎重に剥がして、新しい交換用ハードドライブの同じ位置に貼けます。
    • リボンケーブルを持ち上げて、その底に貼られた黒色のテープを丁寧に剥がします。このテープはハードドライブにSATAケーブルのコネクタを固定しています。テープを剥がし忘れてしまうと、ハウジング内の接続保持能力が非常に低いため、フレックスケーブルに半田付けされた接続パーツがコネクタハウジングから切断してしまう可能性があります。

    • SATAケーブルのコネクタをハードディスクドライブからまっすぐ引き抜いてください。

    • 元のハードディスクドライブの2つの正方形をした粘着パッド(写真では1つのハードドライブが確認できます)をハードドライブの角から慎重に剥がして、新しい交換用ハードドライブの同じ位置に貼けます。

    The bottom of the hard drive SATA Connector had a bit of black tape on it holding the Mac SATA connection to the bottom [circuit board side] of the hard drive itself.

    Check to see if yours has this as well before applying too much force removing the SATA connector from the hard drive.

    KevCoStudios - 返信

    Are there any temperature sensors glued to the HD as in the previous versions of the mini?

    Matias -

    I found the SATA cable itself glued to the drive. Once I pulled the cable up and away from the PCB, I found a piece of black tape (as mentioned by KevCoStudios) holding the connectors together.

    dloftis - 返信

    This tape is critical. For some reason, apple supplied a very loose fitting SATA connector. Tape is required to keep the HD attached.

    James Billy - 返信

    %#*@, got this far all ok, but didn't notice the tape and pulled too hard, ripping the metal pins out of the connector! Where can I find a replacement part?

    Sky Willmott - 返信

    Did the same thing, wondering if you ever found a replacement?

    Alex Boyd -

    I did the same thing. I found a replacement on Amazon using the serial number printed on the underside of the connector. It worked like a charm.

    Anthony Califano -

    This guide is almost perfect aside from the omission of a picture of that well-hidden adhesive. I've seen it on other Apple SATA connectors, but it's been a few months and I didn't think about it today.

    Please someone upload a picture of the adhesive on the PCB side of the drive. I'll gladly do it myself when I next open a 2014 Mac Mini, but I've no idea when I'll get to open another one.

    I also struggled mightily for about 15 minutes before finding the small black tape. Like a jerk, I forgot to take close up pictures while I had it apart :-

    I was probably 5 minutes away from breaking off the SATA connector by prying too hard using a spudger on each edge of the cable.

    If anyone has pictures, hopefully they can upload here to help out others.

    This mac mini was significantly different from previous minis I've worked on, the guide saved me A LOT of time.

    Thanks for the great writeup!

    Daniel Cassel - 返信

    @rebootninja I bought mine last december the 500GB model and just ordered the tools and a Sandisk SSD Plus, I could send pictures of the tape when i do it myself. Im not sure when. Since i'm living in Maldives, orders from ebay and online takes 3-5 weeks to arrive. However, i shall keep a note of what you have mentioned here. I have read the guide twice now and now i think im quite ready to perform the surgery when the tools arrive :)

    Mohamed Malik - 返信

    Cable looked to have been glued down with just a spot of RTV (silicone.) Easy enough to peel slowly with spudger. Ordinary RTV is corrosive to electronics so if you add fresh, make sure it's electronic-safe. I also reinforced the black tape on re-assembly with a strip of Kapton tape, and burnished well with spudger.

    Jon Scott - 返信

    If you still need the images for the sticker.....

    Thanks for the guide.

    Leo Rudolph - 返信

    In order to avoid any kind of issue to the SATA cable, I suggest to warming the part. A hairdryer could works for the scope.

    Claudio - 返信

    Tough to see the 2 black stick pads. Noticed them on the old hard drive after I reassembled everything with a 1TB Samsung SSD. Don’t think I need the pads as SSD has no moving parts. Would be good if the author circled the 2 pads on the HD.

    Phatcat - 返信

    Wer das Klebeband sucht: Es ist auf der verbauten Festplatte - das rechteckige ovale “schwarze Ding” in Abbild 35, das halb über den Sata-Anschluss der Platte geklebt ist.

    Hermann Röttger - 返信

    I found the tape and removed it, but didn’t notice the tiny screws in the connector and of course pull the cable out of the connector. Ordered a replacement and installed it.

    Leonard Jessup - 返信

    I’m new to Mac. How do you load the OS on the new drive? Before or after replacement? Using what tools? Thank you.

    David - 返信

    As others have said, the SATA cable is stuck to the drive with a spot of something sticky. I used a long thin flat metal prying/opening tool (often found in mobile cell phone opening kits), and inserted this between the cable and the PBC, and gentle wiggled it while gently pushing it through. This separated the cable from the drive quite easily. After I attached the cable to the new drive, that spot was still a bit sticky, and was good to stick onto the new drive as well!

    Ken - 返信



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Hello, the following hard drive goes on the Mac Mini ??

schneiderschutzraum - 返信

no problem. but if you can get a evo 850 or a pro for the 2014 is better

Carlos De Bernard -

All in all, this was a fairly terrifying process, however this guide was a massive help! Thankyou!!

geeksix - 返信

Ordered kit which arrived very quickly from Germany to UK. Only problem with taking it apart was with the IR sensor was difficult to lift up and I ended up pulling the whole fitting off glued it back on but now have no working IR sensor or front light but everything else works fine. Swapped SLOW HDD for SSD and now my Mac MIni is flying.

Andrew - 返信

Sam - i bought the tools and followed your guide and everything went very well - the steps were clear and precise. The only problem I am having now is that the Mac Mini format my new EVO SSD as though it were a Fusion Drive with two partitions. Is there any way around this?


Steve Maiorano - 返信

I am late on this post but thought I’d reply. You need to break the fusion drive in Terminal. Terminal commands (the rights ones) will remove the coreStorage setup and the drives will appear seperate. There are plenty of tutorials. Type how to split or break a fusion drive in a search. It is similar to building it in Terminal. It is done from a USB boot drive. It is not hard if you follow instructions and get the command right.

opinio -

How do I know what SSD drive will be compatible?

godurbin - 返信

Samsung EVO 850 is compatible. 1 year ago I manage to replace mac mini’s HDD with this SSD and only what I need to do is sit back and wait that Mac do the job, macOS is downloaded automatically

Stefan Repac -

could you suggest a good replacement drive?

godurbin - 返信

You can find a list of compatible drives at the top of this guide.

Jeff Suovanen -

Hello. I have this sdd:

Do you know if I could use it in a mac mini late 2014?

Daniel Luiz Costa - 返信

If I buy a SSD only Mac mini, can I add a SATA hard drive??

Zhenfu Shi - 返信

i was wondering the same, did you find it out?

Francesco -

Yes, you can. You'll need a Mac mini-compatible SATA cable but these are readily available online for under a fiver. (Alternatively, of course, you could add a second SSD.)

Roger Houghton -


I have mac mini 2014 i5 2.6 GHz model.

Will it support Kingston SSDNow V300 SV300S37A/240G 240GB SATA III 2.5-Inch for upgrade and also will it supports trim support ?

Arul Jeba - 返信

To enable Trim support on non-apple SSDs, you can open a Terminal and type in: sudo trimforce enable. Then accept the disclaimer and type in y.

To follow those steps, you have to be logged in in an administrator account.

Mag Technik -

After replacing to full ssd, my mac works great, but the mac mini front light does not come on at all...anybody know why or a fix?

alejandro begines - 返信

Realign the power supply. You should hear a definitive click.

Jim Allen -

Very good step by step. Thanks.

I passed from 1min15s to 12s booting time !

Nicolas Gaillet - 返信

Many thanks for the excellent details in this guide, swapped out for an SSD in a flash!

Jonathan Millsted - 返信

do you know if i can add 2 hdisks (a ssd 500 gb + a sata one) with the dual drive kit?

Francesco -

Thank U very much, very useful!

Javier Vitorero - 返信

Hello! Just a quick question:

Right now i have a mac mini 2012 with the ifixit dual drive kit (1 samsung 850 pro 500 gb and 1tb 5400 rpm disk), can i buy the 2016 model (2014?) and put my kit on the new mac? Should i buy the fusion drive version or the ssd one?

is the ram replaceable?


Francesco - 返信


As far as I know, you cannot use your kit on the latest Mac Mini.

If you buy a Fusion Drive version, you will have an SSD on a Mini-PCIe connector, that will not be here if you do not take the fusion drive.

No, the RAM is soldered on the motherboard.


Nicolas Gaillet -

Just an update - I have the late 2014 model and it works fine.

Jim Allen -

I have a question for SSD variant.

If i order mac mini from apple with SSD (PCIe variant i hope) there should be empy space where normal HDD should be. Is that correct? Can you verify or deny that?

That could be the way how to get two disks inside once owc release their new ssd's.

Thank you

jakub - 返信

I was wondering the same :) I was thinking to buy the SSD version and then adding 1 Tb disk to the SATA controller, it could be a good solution.

Let know if you find it out :)

Francesco -

If I buy the 512 GB SSD version, can I put an additional disk to the SATA controller? For example, If I buy the Samsung 850 pro 1 Tb, can I use it together with the original 512 pcie SSD? Thanks

Francesco - 返信

Thank you, it was a walk in the park. I only encountered two problems: step 24, pulling the DC-in cable out and step 27 (on the reverse operation), making the AC connector back into the horizontal position. Also, the metallic clip from step 26 is a ##&&% to put back on, especially because there is no feedback if the clip is in the original position.

stefan - 返信

Fantastic guide. Got the job done & the mac mini is now flying. Thank you!

Milind Kanetkar - 返信

I've just purchased the Mac Mini do these instructions apply to the late 2015 model?

Neil Henderson - 返信

There isn't a late 2015 model, the last model they made so far is the late 2014.

twhitten -

Dont buy the economy TR9 it wont fit in the screws, you have to strip them away a little bit to even get the TR9 economy in.

twhitten - 返信

I just installed the Samsung EVO Pro 850 512gb SSD into my HDD slot as i purchased a HDD model of the mac mini only. This SSD works like a charm, my boot time before with the 5400rpm HDD was nearly 2 minutes, with this SSD it is now down to 9 seconds! I highly recommend updating your mac mini if its an HDD only with an SSD as it will speed it up tremendously!

The teardown wasn't bad at all, i had tore down in 15 minutes and had it put back together in 15 minutes. The only trouble i had was taking out the HDD, Ifixit sent me a TR9 instead of just a T9 and the TR9 is bigger, it wouldn't fit but i stripped away at the screws and finally made it work!

twhitten - 返信

twhitten are you experience any compatibility issues with it. I Just just ordered the tools via iFixit. And now i'm looking for an SSD and the Samsung EVO Pro 850 is the number one on my list. Asking cause some on youtube are saying it as compatibility issues with mac minis...!

Thanks In Advance..!

Mohamed Malik -

Clear Guide Thank You !

william petreman - 返信

I followed the instructions and replaced my HD with and SSD - well worth it.

However, several glitches along the way:

1. The TR9 screwdriver I purchased from iFixit sucks. The handle turns but the shaft doesn't. The screws holding the original HD to the tray were so tight, I had to go to Geek Squad to have them removed.

2. It wasn't clear what the power supply clip held in place. I managed to get it back in, but I'm not sure it is holding anything.

3. It was not clear if the tape holding the SATA cable connector to the original HD was needed for the new SSD (It wasn't). I ripped it while taking it off.

4. The DC-In connector to the logic board would not come out using fingers - not much room to get fingers in. Had to pry it off using a flat head screwdriver.

David Marks - 返信

Can I use the same sshd but it has 2tb instead of 1tb? I wanna replace the 2tb but i wonder if it is compatible with the mac mini late 2014. My specs i5 ram 16gb, 1th hdd 5400rpm. thank you!

link from amazon


Done went flawlessly....

Mohamed Malik - 返信

Absolutely wonderful guide. I've built/torn down/reassembled a ton of PCs in my life, but this was more like solving a puzzle. Thanks for the help, I probably would have broken something without it!

Andrea Gatley - 返信

Thanks to this guide it was quite easy to replace the awful slow harddrive with a fast ssd. I think I got a new computer. Thank you very much for this guide.

dirk hampel - 返信

1. Will Samsung -850 Pro SSD work with Mac mini 2014.?

2. How many SSD slots and HDD slot are there.?

3. If i order Mac Mini with HDD then if there is another slot for SSD then can i install SSD and use it as fusion.?

vip - 返信

After I got a quality TR6 it only took approximately 20 minutes to teardown and an additional 10 to put back together. New 2014 Mac Mini MGEN2LL/A (i5 2.6ghz 8gb ram 1tb 5400rpm hard drive) took 46sec to go from button push to login screen. Swapped in 500gb Samsung 840 SSD, which now takes 19sec from button push to login screen. Prior to swapping the internal drive, I used the same Samsung SSD in an external USB3 drive enclosure - took 35sec to login.

Nathan Church - 返信

Thanks for the instruction !

They helped me swap the HD out for a nice SSD, and install the UpTone Audio MMK adaptor and fan control upgrade (separate walk thru).

I ran into a few issues, that others have mentioned, but nothing I couldn't figure out. The only thing I needed that wasn't in the he MMK took kit, was a good pair of tweezers.

Dave Ayers - 返信

Thanks for the guide - the key is to follow the instructions to the word, read all the comments and take your time. It's difficult to know how much force to use especially when detaching the IR and DC connector.

Nicholas Kutner - 返信

the retaining bolts for the drive chassis are definitely T8's, not T9

placebomessiah - 返信

I have the latest Mac mini (latest 2014) and it has a 1TB fusion drive, but I would like to install a second one (Samsung 850 PRO - 512GB - 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-7KE512BW)), as the primary HD. Is it possible with the ifixit dual drive kit?

Tulio Guimaraes - 返信

I would also like to know what tools to by. I have the 1Tb normal drive and i would also like to add a 2ssd

Dmitrij Moreinis - 返信

Just did this and it worked so well - I bought the ifixit parts because the extra $20 or so was worth it to make this an easy job. Hardest part - getting the AC connector back in, and then reseating the logic board - the instructions don't mention to push in the tabs on the sides as it goes back in. Booted right up - super fast - thanks for the help ! I bought the T6 driver, the special logic board tool and several spudgers. They were all VERY helpful.

David Bott - 返信

Do you really need TR torx drivers or will regular non-tamper-resistant ones work?

R C - 返信

The initial screws in the bottom of the Mac Mini are TR6 screws, which have the security post, so a Torx 6 security is a must. The other T6 and T9 screws are non-security, however, security versions will work fine.

Sam Goldheart -

Awesome guide. It looked daunting but I did it with my 9yo son and it was actually really easy. There were a couple of steps where you needed small fingers for sure. My old HDD (1TB 5400 RPM) tested with Black Magic showed Read/Write speeds of 30-30 MB/s. With a Crucial 1TB SSD hooked up via USB (in a cheap little enclosure) it was 41 MB/s. Same SSD installed inside the Mac Mini: 350-390 MB/s read and 420-480 MB/s write. And it absolutely flies compared to the stock drive. I ended up ordering the parts from Amazon because iFixIt was out of the T9. Wish I could contribute some money to iFixit or Sam, because this was an incredibly valuable guide. (Let me know if/how I can!)

Pro tip: I used one of those pill boxes with compartments for every day of the week, to store the screws from each step. That way I'd make sure to use the correct screws when reassembling.

R C - 返信

I did too (use one of those pillboxes)! Each step I used one pillbox. It worked like a charm!

Christopher Todd -

Hello, I just follow this guide and on my Mac Mini there was no SSD to remove so it was easier but I have to tell people who are missing some tools that there are few ways to overcome it. For the whole tutorial I just used my iFixIt 54 Bit driver. It's really handy and I never stumbled upon a screw I couldn't screw while having it ! To remove the back cover I used an old postcard (rigid paper/cardboard) and instead of pushing on one point I slided the paper around the side of the back cover ! Also, to remove the connectors just use a flat screwdriver and be gentle, it usually works great. Finally, to remove the motherboard, I started by using iron wire but I bent kappa so instead I went with ye ol' thumb switcharoo which consist simple of pushing with both thumbs on the black ventilation thing. Just push gently and don't push sideways or it will destroy the ventilation. Also, don't forget to remove the black sticker on the SATA connector !

sam - 返信

Fantastic guide! Thanks to the author and those who also contributed on the comments. What seemed like a daunting task was made much easier because of you.

Chris Arevalo - 返信

Just did my Mac Mini. Everything went without a hitch except the putting in the last screw to hold the antenna connector back down broke. Put a dab of silicon on it.

David Trotsky - 返信

Nice procedure. I did screw up bad though and managed to rip off the fan connector from the mobo because I did not take the time to read the part about lifting the connector out of the socket. I thought it slid out, not up. Ooops. I didn't have the mobo removal tool, so I fabricated one out of a metal coat hanger, and it worked perfectly. In the end, my mobo was dead anyway due to a corrupt EFI, so even though I damaged the fan connector, I didn't lose anything. I learned a good lesson and I will know what pitfalls to avoid next time. Tools I used: ifixit 64-bit driver kit, spudger, tweezers, coat hanger and diagonal cutters (to cut the coat hanger).

Patrick - 返信

Where can I get the sata flex cable for the 2014 mini? I have a PCI flash drive installed and an empty bay for a second hard drive, so I need the flex cable. Do the ones from the 2012 minis work?

tmilwaukee - 返信

Just followed this procedure through and have to say it helped enormously. I hadn't got the motherboard extraction tool so made one out of a wire coat hanger bent to shape, the diameter of the wire was spot on. Worked a treat, however it does require quite a bit of force which is un-nerving, but once you have created a gap between the back panel (Black Bit) and the casing you can get your thumb and or finger nails in there and pull it out the rest of the way. 480GB Sandisk Ultra II installed and what a difference it makes to performance. Cloned the disc first using Carbon Copy to the SSD on an external USB SATA docking station, tested by booting from the USB SSD first to check all was OK, then performed the swap over. Thanks for the Teardown guys.

Nick Franklin - 返信

Nearly flawless instructions. I replaced the default 5400 RPM 1TB hard disk with a Samsung EVO 850 500GB SSD (2.5” drive style). Everything went off without a hitch, the computer is fast, and everything (including front light) works great.

Thank you.

(Two quick things: 1. There’s a black sticker that looks like a rounded rectangle that holds the SATA connector to the hard drive itself. Remove that and replace it on the new drive. 2. The antenna cable is difficult to get back on. I’ve done many of these on other Macs. Put the screw back in first and line it up. Be gentle. Persist. You’ll get it.)

Kent - 返信


I have Mac mini late 2014 with 16GB RAM and 2TB Fusion Drive. Working with this fusion drive is quite odd. Do you know is it possible to change this fusion drive with 2 TB SSD?

Best regards


Leopolde Saroyan - 返信

Hard drive needs to be formatted first. I bought a usb 3—to—SATA 2.5” dock, formatted the drive and it worked. Before that disk utility and Mac OS High Sierra could not see the drive.

Neil Grogan - 返信

My hard drive failed on my Mac Mini Model A1347. I want to replace it with a simple 500gb drive and then sell it.

1) What drive should I buy?

2) Is it easy to replace the hard drive?

3) Is it worth replacing the hard drive before selling it or just let the buyer deal with it?


Michael Goldberg - 返信

Hello, I have an SSD-only 2014 mini; Is it possible to add a HDD using your “Mac Mini Dual Drive Kit”, which is reported to be only compatible with 2011 and 2012 mini? Should I also buy your “Mac mini A1347 (Late 2014) Drive Tray”? Or something else?


tartiflette - 返信

Yes, I’ve got the same Mini and my second unit is a Crucial SSD. Very easy to do!

JuanjoSVQ -

finally completed this task after delaying for about a month plus (waiting the tools arrived from my friend. Must say that it pretty tough job given that how much i dislike the tiny-winy things inside it.

Syahmie Ramley - 返信

Seeing the same issue as some others, power light not showing on even though everything else works. Anyone found the cause (and associated fix) for this ?


SSACP - 返信

Seeing the same issue as some others here, no power light. Everything else works just no light. Anyone found the cause (and associated fix) for this ?


SSACP - 返信

Hi, I had the same problem for the power light. The culprit was the IR sensor cable at step 17, that gives power also the light. When I reinsert it the very last pin on the left side (see photo at step 17) was not fully fitted. I fit it completely and the power light turned back. Hope it helps! Sorry for my english!

Corrado Pissarello -

I did this !!! Many thanks to Sam and iFixit, as the mini was pretty well unusable with its original HDD after upgrading to High Sierra. I replaced it with a Crucial MX300 SSD and it now purrs quite happily. My only bodge was to use a bit of welding rod bent to shape as the logic board lever tool.

I formatted the SSD to a GUID partition map first of course then fitted it and ran the High Sierra upgrade which updates to APFS… blah blah blah but you know it makes sense.

Thanks again iFixit and Sam Lionheart

Steve Clen-Murphy - 返信

These tear down notes were awesome. Replacing my HDD with the Samsung SSD 850 EVO went very well! Great instructions.

I however am not able to set the partition scheme to GUID. I’m not sure if I missed that step in the first time I formatted the SSD. Now when I go to disk utilities there is NO OPTION for setting the partition scheme to GUID. Mac OS X will not install without the scheme set to GUID.

CAN ANYONE HELP ME? Is it possible to force the reformat/erase in disk utility, or some other utility to set the partition scheme to GUID?

I do have my old HDD connected to my Mac mini via a SATA/USB cable and am able to boot from it.

There is not “media line” in DU, so the option to re-partition the SSD is not even there.

If anyone could point me to the right information that would help me greatly. Thanks.

Philip Schroeder - 返信

Figured it out.

Upset at myself. I’ve run into this before, it was just “one little thing”. In Disk Utility the media is NOT always visible by default. You need to click on the VIEW icon to select SHOW ALL DEVICES. This one little step, if missed, can create a bit of frustration. The Samsung 850 EVO is working great, formatted. It has transformed the mac mini into a whole new experience.

Philip Schroeder -

These instructions were great! I was able to successfully upgrade my Mac mini with a 1TB HDD to a Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD in about an hour. I took my time and made sure I followed each step exactly and it went very smoothly. My Mac mini is now much faster and I was surprised that it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. The iFixit tools made the job really easy. Anyone who has a Mac mini with a HDD should definitely get an SSD and do this upgrade. Thanks!

Neal Narkis - 返信

Great guide, even if it looks intimidating you won’t regret switching out that slooooooow HDD for a SSD. Took me 50 minutes. Now my Mac mini is flying. Also, great support from ifixit (missing one tool in my order that was quickly sent to me) FIVE STARS *****

Richard Olsson - 返信

I've heard that if you are upgrading from a Mac mini 2014 model with only a HDD, you will need to buy the PCIe cable to replace it with an SSD. Is that the case or is the cable already there?

Josh - 返信

I did not have to replace anything. The Samsung 860 EVO swapped out seamlessly with the existing hard drive, with no additional cables necessary.

Frank Hughes -

Einfach nur super beschrieben. Danke.

KB - 返信

Another great guide! I split my Fusion Drive and replaced the HDD with a 1TB SSD with no issues. Thanks!

kevmacmills - 返信

Worked great. Just needed to partition the drive.

Micah Thompson - 返信

30 Min, Everything went well. SSD Replaced, Thanks very much :D

John Grace - 返信

A TR8 Security Torx could be used to put off the firts screws thats says it with a TR6 Security?

Carlos Agustin Guanipa Alvarez - 返信

35 min. Everything went well. The hardest part was reconnect DC in cable with pudgy fingers. Installed 2TB Firecuda drive no problems. Thanks!

gyu - 返信

hi is it possible i can i add 2 ssd to this? mini is 2014 with 1tb hdd.

nickmcken - 返信

Upgraded my 2014 model with a Sandisk 512 SSD and it went flawless, thank you for the info and tools!!!

Kimberly Horspool - 返信

Can i replace the 1TB Fushiondrive with a nomal 2TB HDD?

adiglauser - 返信

On the money. Took 22 mins from start to finish. Thanks for the easy to follow guide. New life for my mini with a SSD.

lenharpd - 返信

Indispensable guide. I used it and the iFixit tools in conjunction with a YouTube video and the process was scary but surprisingly easy. (After all, I understand these things are originally assembled by 10-year olds.) I swapped out the 500gb hard drive on my infuriatingly slow late 2014 Mac Mini with a 500gb Samsung 860 EVO SSD and I am frankly astonished at the gain in speed. It is like having a brand new computer. I spent less than $150, including the drive and the iFixit tools. Far less cursing in my house now, I thank you for such a clear, concise guide.

Frank Hughes - 返信

This guide was indispensable. I have a 2014 (late? mid? I can’t remember and I can’t find out because the machine is literally downloading the new OS in recovery mode as I type (on my MBP)) MacMini. Before the surgery, my Mini had the 1GB HD that it came with. Needless to say, it was painfully slow. I purchased the tools recommended on this site and followed all of the instructions. In the end I installed a brand new 500GB Samsung 860 EVO SSD HD in my MacMini. Thus far everything seems to be working correctly. Hopefully, I will get the speed gain that I understand comes from swapping out a spinning drive for an SSD. I’m so excited!

Thanks iFixit.

Christopher Todd - 返信

I just want to follow-up. I have been using the computer with the new SSD in it and I can’t believe what a difference it has made. Frank Hughes wrote that it was like having a brand new computer and I am in FULL agreement with him. Prior to the SSD it would take perhaps a minute or more to open word or excel. Now the icon literally bounces AT MOST 5 times and the application is open and ready to go. This goes for all of my other apps too: iTunes (which seems to open nearly instantly now), Pixelmator, Acrobat, etc. I rarely wanted to open anything on that machine because it took FOREVER! The entire thing was sluggish; it took forever to process anything. The startup time has dropped DRAMATICALLY! It went from minutes to less than one. I could go on . . . .

Anyhow, I would recommend this upgrade to ANYONE! DO IT! You won’t be disappointed.

Christopher Todd - 返信

非常感谢, 已经成功更换硬盘

pal_xie - 返信

What tools do I need to transfer the OS to the new drive?

Sam Curcio - 返信

@sfcurcio : Get some form of USB 3 enclosure, and you can boot to the recovery menu, and use Disk Utility. At least, that worked for me to go from a 1TB HDD to Crucial MX500 1TB SSD. There are various guides online on how to clone your boot drive.

You can then use the USB enclosure for the old drive, and use it for backups and such.

Great guide - a bit scary at times, but worth it in the end.

Bill Somerville - 返信

I’d like to put a 3TB drive in this machine, but it’s 15mm tall. Will that fit or is it too thick?

Mark2000 - 返信

It might sound crazy but it took me 45 min - to an hr to finish. One thing about sliding the assembly board in, i.e. when you are doing the steps backwards, is that there is squishy pad on left and clip on the righ (when viewing mac mini from bottom) if you carefully observe and then it becomes easy to get the assembly in or out if you think about it. Also I had congested nose that dad and my kid had a cold as well so she was getting cranky. I couldn’t resist but had Glenfeddich 14year old while doing the upgrade to 480gb ssd to a 2014 Mac mini. So it is not so bad. Just watch the views couple of times, be gentle and question your action before executing it. You will do absolutely fine.

Trushar - 返信

Great job on this write up. Made the job less painful.

Jim Allen - 返信

For my mid-2011 Mac Mini I had to skip steps and read comments to know that. This guide was step by step on the money for me.

For those, thinking about getting a regular hard drive ONLY versus a fusion drive which is your SATA + SSD; I highly recommend the added $100 for the fusion drive. Here is why. When you replace that spinning disk with your own SSD, the chasis has that extra SSD attached to it. That translates into even more SSD storage you can partition/reformat and use!

Anyways, AWESOME write-up. I have the Mac Mini removal tool, the splunger, and 64 bit driver kit. All worth the money, IMHO.

Arvin Bhatnagar - 返信

Awesome guide, I did it several times already and no problems so far. But now I have to upgrade MacMinis right after ordering them, i.e. WITHOUT EVER STARTING them from their original HDD. I wonder if this will cause problems with the MacOS that I install later (serial number registration or whatever..)? Has anyone ever tried this?

Thanks for any information!

Tobias Münch - 返信

I just did this with a new system never having booted it. Power on while holding T key to get virgin mini in target mode. Connect mini by thunderbolt cable to 2nd mac where the unformatted SSD also is located in a SATA dock. Use SuperDuper to clone the mini’s factory image onto the SSD. Cleanly unmount/eject/disconnect everything. Install SSD using these instructions. First real boot of new mini runs initial setup from SSD just as if Apple had shipped it that way. All this worked for me on the first try. One could do this in reverse order - install SSD first then clone factory image back into the mini using target mode, but I thought it was safer to capture the image before taking anything apart.

Steve D -

Great guide, thanks. Followed this step by step and successfully had the Mac up and running in about 30 minutes.

I dropped a 1TB Crucial MX500 in to replace the stock 1TB HDD. World of difference! And so quiet.

I have used iFixit to replace memory and HDD in 2007 MBP, 2009 Mac Mini, and now this 2014 Mini. These guides are invaluable, the fact that you list all the tools at the beginning is fantastic. Your service is the best!

bowersrob - 返信

Great guide. Thank you.

Restore from Time Machine couldn’t find the new SSD. So I switched to disk utility and chose ‘erase’ with option APFS.

Back to ‘Restore from Time Machine’ the restore went well.

Katja Süss - 返信

Perfect guide - covers perfectly every step that was needed and no non-sense. Replaced factory 500GB HDD with 1TB Crucial MX500 and works as a charm!

Antti Latva-aho - 返信

Great guide!

Works like charm, this one too! Have Mini 2011 and 2014, both now with a SSD, 1Tb (2011) and 2Tb (2014).

And great tools!

Johan Roman - 返信

My Mac Mini late 2014 1.4GHz i5 with 4 GB RAM sluggish at best as OS X El Capitan (10.11.6) averages 6-8 GB RAM routinely. The OSX is constantly moving active memory from RAM to HD (the base 5400 rpm HGST 25K500-500 HD).

Booting was 15-30 seconds and from application to application.

Shame on Apple!

I decided to swap out the HD with an SSD. I decided on a Samsung EVO 1 TB SSD. I followed this EXCELLENT guide and replaced the HD with the SSD without much of a problem except removing the HD SATA cable was difficult and I broke the cable. Ordered a replacement. Now, my Mac Mini Late 2014 boots in about 5 seconds and literally flies from application to application like my old Mini did or probably slightly faster.

Bottom line, Apple should have NEVER put the 5400 rpm HGST HD in a machine with such low memory as the operating system typically uses 6-7 GB RAM.

So get rid of the HD for a SSD! Don’t waste your money with the PCIe slot either (yes the connector is there) but more $$ than a sata SSD!

Marc Marchioli - 返信

Amazingly easy to do! Mine is the 2.6Ghz i5 with 8Gb RAM and was getting seemingly slower in bootup and running applications but replacing the drive with a Samsung 860 EVO 500Gb has transformed it! I’ve gone from 2m 24s boot time to 22seconds!! Applications start so much quicker too it’s unreal! Best £90 I’ve ever spent!!

mm2004 - 返信

To you who think…. “i will never manage this”… keep calm..

Buy the proper tools, read the instructions carefully and the comments made by others on this page

and you will fix it :-)

I replaced my 500Gb old HDD to a Hitachi 860 EVO SSD 500Gb today without any issues.

Now my Mac Mini Late 2014 got a new life!

Thanks for a really good guide and for those of you who have posted comments for tips & tricks!.


Hans Karlsson - 返信

Awesome tutorials, thanks so much for it. It aint easy without a guide and I can easily break the smaller expensive parts. I managed to upgrade my drive to SSD.

Den - 返信

Excellent guide with crucial tips. Installation went very smoothly. Very happy!

Chris Petersen - 返信

Thank you very much, iFixit team! The procedure worked just to me!

mario.estolano - 返信

Thank you. I did worry about the little prong at the back of the hard drive tray that needs to go into the power supply when it is slid back in. Surprised that there was no warning to be extra careful with that so it didn’t bend and jeopardize going in the right place when the power supply was reinstalled. Tiny screws and big hands don’t go along well, thank goodness for tweezers!

Doug Roberts - 返信

Don’t know if this is where I should ask…. but if I go ahead and put a new empty ssd in my late 2014 mac mini, can I just re-install OS (mojave at this point, with mac OS utilites? (command & r on boot. ) I don’t want to clone it externally as it has too much info and not enough room on new drive. Thanks!

Robert Hamilton - 返信

Yes, see and use reinstall (works over wi-fi). Be sure to partition the new hard drive first using the Disk Utility included in the recovery utilities, since otherwise the recovery option won’t list the new drive as a location to install the OS.

David Green -

Worked well with Samsung 860 EVO. Great guide, easy to follow. Having the right tools is critical.

David Green - 返信

Excellent post. Upgraded 3 very slow Mac minis with Samsung 860 EVO, all back on being usable now :).


Eric Genet - 返信

Not easy, but the comments helpd.

The only problem was to get the antenna socket back to place, it didn't fit first so the wifi signal was weak, reopened and then it popped into its place, all good now.


Asaf Milo - 返信

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.

Wouldn’t be able to do it without you!


Thisura Dodangoda - 返信

Hate to say it, but the way Apple has been in the last 10 years… I might just have to go buy a Dell.

Bryan - 返信

Super Anleitung - habe heute danach meine HDD durch eine SSD im MacMini ersetzt. Jedes Bild und Menuepunkt waren exakt beschrieben und bebildert. Lediglich der Rückbau der WLAN-Antenne war etwas fummeling, weil sehr klein.

DANKE für die Anleitung - sonst hätte es nicht so geklappt

Herbert Kaminski - 返信

Du solltest noch den Trim-Support aktivieren, damit dein Mac schnell bleibt. Öffne dazu ein Terminal und tippe: sudo trimforce enable

Bestätige alles mit y und warte, bis sich dein PC neu gestartet hat.

Mag Technik -

I replaced my Mini’s failing hard drive today and it was the smoothest Mac repair I’ve ever done. The guide is perfect. The comments in each section helped immensely. Thank you iFixit folks!

mollyf - 返信

Best guide ever. First time ever replacing anything on a computer and it was relatively easy. Done in 30 minutes. New Samsung 860 Evo SSD on Mac Mini 2014. The only thing I would add is a link on how to install Mac OS or a quick guide.

Rod Godoy - 返信

Thank you! Completed it in 45 minutes flat.

Rollo - 返信

Fantastic tutorial. A newbie to doing any computer or mac DIY but I am reasonably practical. Had the whole thing apart and back together in under an hour and worked first time which is great!

I used the software superduper (just the free version) to copy my 1Tb rotating disc to a 2Tb SSD which took just under 5 hours to complete but meant once SSD is in it was just logged straight back in without worrying about time machine.

I'm in the UK so bought a kit through Amazon rather than the iFixIt one which had everything I needed.

Congrats to the author for a great walk through and thank you!

James Jennings - 返信

I was mistaken about my Macmini 7.1 - LATE 2014 specs. Thought it had a 256 SSD drive but it had only a 256 Flash drive. If i understand this correctly, I can add a 1T SSD drive to the empty bay underneath the Flash drive but I can see I am missing a SATA cable to connect it….?. Will I be able to purchase one to add the second drive ? If so what should I be looking for? Many thanks for your kind help,.. Beth

BethPD - 返信

Changement du disque par un SSD en 35 minutes, sans aucun problème.

Excellent tutoriel, précis et très bien fait. Un des meilleurs qu’il m’ait été donné d’utiliser.

Un grand bravo à l’auteur.

Jean-Georges Damestoy - 返信

Thank you for this very good guide, it was quite easy to switch the drive :)

Bruno - 返信

Thank you very much! This was my first Mac Mini job with my new biz and I would have never taken it on if not for this guide. Everything was very clear and though I started sweating a bit worrying about popping a piece off the board while removing cables like others had mentioned.. I didn’t have a bit of probs with them. Only issue I had was twisting the power plug back into the right position when reassembling.. (I did it the wrong way at first… took a breath then did it the other way and all was perfect. Plugged it in, put in flash drive with Mojave, booted to disk utility and erased the new Firecuda 1tb drive, and installed MacOS no prob. Thanks again! :)

Joshua Cornman - 返信

Thank you very much for the support and good service!

Rubén Contreras - 返信

Steps 17 -20 you (like me :) might not have a fancy PCIe SSD :)

Step 30 was a pain, wiggle, wiggle, but it all worked fine in the end - Mini now runs on a Singsong 860 EVO w. a massive speed improv compared to the ol’ 5.400rpm factory built-in HDST, which got a bad sector after only 17k hrs of operation and was therefore replaced :)

MrGreen - 返信

P.S. Step 22 & 23: no need for that special tool: simply push w. both thumbs against the air outlet (that ventilation grill) and the Logic Board will come out smoothly :)

MrGreen - 返信

Thanks, worked great. You can use a tr7 screwdriver, and instead of buying their tool you can stick Allen wrenches in the holes to pull out the logic board.

Zavier The Great - 返信

Guide worked great for me replacing an old 500 gb HDD with a 500 GB EVO 860 SSD. Just take your time and look at all the pictures and comments in the different steps. They can be very helpful in the couple of slightly tricky areas.

If you do not have any tools, the only unique things you really need are a T6 Screwdriver and a T8 for the Hard Drive Enclosure. Having something like a butter knife to pry with is helpful and having something with a very small tip (preferably plastic but just not a knife) is probably needed to get some of the connectors off easily. The logic board removal can be accomplished several ways. I used a coat hanger to make myself a tool like they showed, but any two small objects can be substituted for the removal tool. Everything else is about keeping calm and being careful. Good luck!

Nathan Cooper - 返信

Ordered the tools (t6-t8 security and a removing tool) and arrived in 4 days from Germany to Hungary. Everything went well but I broke the f*cking IR sensors slot off from the MoBo… my fault and the Mini is like a new with the new SSD!!!

bigsee - 返信

Thank you iFixit. This was an awesome little kit and a very well put together guide. A flashlight also comes in handy! Thanks again!

Rob Speight - 返信

Very nice review and thanks - definitely helped!

1) I did not bother putting the metal retaining clip back in again. It was nearly impossible and to be honest, found it to be useful - as many others here did.

2) I used a cheap SSD that works well - Kingston 240GB A400 SSD 2.5'' SATA 7MM 2.5-Inch SA400S37/240G . $30 and made a HUGE difference in performance.

The easiest way I found was to connect it via an external USB caddie, wipe, clean install (Mojave), and boot from that. Afterwards I did the disk replacement.

Sam - 返信

can I put SSD M2 model on my base modile late 2014 core i5.1,4ghz ,4gb ram ,500HDD

lourance alhameed - 返信

No, you can’t - even if you have the PCIe-SSD slot in the box, the standard M.2 SSDs won’t fit or work. You can only replace the 500 GB HDD with a 2.5” SATA SSD, but it really makes a huge difference and is worth the effort. Clone the HDD to the SSD over USB, then follow the guide and you’ll see a massive boost in performance.

Karsten Haut -

Thanks y’all for the guide.. worked great and got the install done first try w/out issues!

Codey Holland - 返信

Used this and some videos, this was perfect for walking backwards when putting everything back together. Redid the thermal paste on the CPU too while I had it open, thank you!

Drive used: WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB SSD.

Formatted in the Disk Utility and off to the races

Samuel Rojas - 返信

Ottima guida eseguita senza problemi! :) grazie

Stefania Izzo - 返信

Just finished and it worked!! Couple of burps along the way which were my fault but it went well. Thanks a lot. Good guide.

Robert Enzminger - 返信

Please, the maximum GB SSD can I change my HD 1TB HDD 5.400 RPM ?

My Mac mini mac is:

2.6GHz2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 3MB on-chip shared L3 cache

1TB (5400-rpm) hard drive

8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 memory


Marcelo Vervloet - 返信

I don’t think there’s a size limit for the SSD, all of the available 2.5” SSDs up to 2 TB should work nicely. I haven’t seen any larger ones in the stores yet, but even 4 TB should work. Read about issues with specific models only, e.g. the Toshiba OCZ TR-200 series, but even this is not fully confirmed as other users said they work nicely.

Karsten Haut -

I didn’t hold out much hope for the 250GB SSD upgrade that I did but it turned a Mac mini which was soo slow that it was unusable into a viable and quite fast (comparatively) machine, for the price its really unbeatable. and if you take your time its a relatively easy installation.

philipjbrown - 返信

I used Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the HDD to a new, cheap SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD hooked up to a simple SATA-to-USB cable from my toolbox.

Thanks to this guide it was perfectly easy and took quite exactly 2 hours, including the clone process that took longest. I know, CCC is basically unneccessary, but it’s a free three-click-solution due to a 30 day free trial period. My trusty old Late 2014 Mini feels like a new machine now, but with exactly the same system as before.

Incredible how easy this was, you don’t even need the system board removal tool as it can be replaced by two tiny hex/Allen keys. Had the TR6 and TR9 bits in my tools already. I don’t know why I haven’t done it much earlier, the performance increase is amazing.

Tip: enable TRIM for SSDs by entering “sudo trimforce enable” in the Terminal. This will keep the SSD performance high for much longer, but needs to be enabled manually for free market SSDs because Mac OS will only enable it automatically for drives with Apple firmware.

Karsten Haut - 返信

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