Do not remove the antenna plate yet. 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. 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. Just insert one into each of the highlighted holes. Remove the Mac mini Logic Board Removal tool. 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 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. If you are installing a new hard drive, we have an OS X install guide to get you up and running.
I did not complete this guide. These instructions and a little common sense can also be used to replace the lower hard drive in the server version of the Mac Mini.
Luckily that was the drive that had failed in my case. Replacing the upper drive looks like a tougher proposition. As with the above commenter, I accidentally mistook the fan's standoff for a screw and removed it while removing the fan. Also the top right fan screw's standoff came out along with it. I edited the guide with a note on this. While replacing the antenna, it wasn't immediately clear why the screws weren't lining up, until I realized that two of the screws were in the otherwise free-floating but for the back grommets hard drive, I also added a note on that.
STEP It requires a little bending and cutting but it worked perfectly!! And as jon jon stated, it works like a lever - not a pull. You can feel it kind of click in to the lever points below. Ok, just did here. I haven't had a great deal of luck with our local authorized apple service provider. They don't seem to be knowledgeable enough. I will try the second one in the city.
I would definitely go this way - I had a look at the DIY manual and it looks too complicated for somebody like me who always tries to fix stuff and things end up more broken that they were before. Communities Contact Support. Sign in. Browse Search. Ask a question. User profile for user: Desktops Speciality level out of ten: More Less. This would have been a lost sale for Apple. Now I either almost double the cost of my machine or I just live with the small internal drive and no SSD. Almost makes me want to wait until some nice deals show up on refurb units.
I could really care less about thunderbolt. Is there a compelling thunderbolt peripheral yet? Brand name refurb stickers and all. And we clearly note those and only advertise those in our special newsletters, emails, specials page, etc. And regardless of the refurb status…how did the product work? Oh, many times we supply our staff and our own personal machines with Apple refurbs. FWIW — have posted a follow up to this blog entry here: Sorry guys, but this needs to change. History repeating?
What is the premium on an Apple blessed HD? I always used to recommend OWC. I have had nothing but good experiences. You could have just not said anything. The fact that a pound closed machine with no user serviceable parts inside is hard to upgrade is not news to anyone. Nor would I ever put it in a box and mail it. How much would that cost? You could have just stated the facts as you saw them. People would have been appreciative of your advice saving them a lot of trouble.
Surely a company as well-known and well-liked as OWC could have asked around and gotten the details eventually. Instead you chose to sex it up.
How long have you been dealing with Apple equipment again? Do you know how much Apple will charge to replace failed hard drives in years? Do you really think that people who buy iMacs even care or plan to mail them to you for upgrading? To top it off, your report is more than a little suspicious. There are other reports on the internet that contradict you.
Normally, I would always believe OWC over anyone else. But just removing the drive from the bay causes it to fail? That is an extraordinary claim and must be backed up by extraordinary evidence. This is the original drive? Putting it back in the bay restores normal operation? Is there a sensor somewhere for that? This post raises far more questions than it answers — from your methods, your technical competence, to your motives.
It says nothing new about Apple or iMacs. Keep dreaming pal. The only difference between MS is they dress better. It is hilarious the lengths that people will go to these days to defend corporations stomping them under. And this is another example with all the usual hallmarks: Apple is a corporation.
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They have their best interests at heart. Fortunately for all of us that has usually meant some outstanding products. But just because they have made some great products does not mean they fart sunshine. When they have unencrypted location data on a phone or have a very intentional lock-in to their highly marked up brand of a very commodity item like a hard drive, that deserves to be called out. They are good machines, it used to be that they would run and run well forever.
My last iMac though has not lived up to this. I had to swap out the hard drive, and the monitor is covered with lines. And the av port for my external monitor died today. I bought a new iMac a few hours ago; but for the last few months I have been considering not buying a Mac. If this computer falls apart as quickly as the last, I will buy a bunch of PC parts and turn it into a Hackintosh.
I wonder what these people will do when their hard drive dies and they can only get a replacement from Apple for substantially more than a regular retail hard drive because of the special connector. And yes, these types of hard drives are not available to third party vendors at the moment.
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BUT this is because it is a new design. AND the new hard drives will become available to third party vendors for upgrades and replacements by year end. It is just a case of Apple being one step forward everyone else. And the marketplace has to play catch up the same as the Thunderbolt issue.
But again by years end along with Thunderbolt compatible devices these new drives will become available to vendors such as OWC by year end. I tend to believe the catch up scenario. I am a year into the pc to Mac revolt and love every minute of it. I am fighting to buy a new iMac but only because my macbookpro is such a good machine.
Apple has my business for the ret of my life. No one but Apple has any reason to use drives like these. Lets not fight amongst ourselves. I think both sides of this thread have a point. One is that OWC does need to acknowledge that the whole point of the imac is that is not meant to be tinker-able platform. To those who say they do not want to drop the cash, thats fine but you pay your money you put in your jury rigged solution and you takes your chances. I would not call this monopolistic practices on Apples part either.
In fact this entire tempest in a Tea-pot has emerged because apple chose to finally make imacs with real computing nuts in since the start of the new 27 inch model. I think perhaps we might simply be in an awkward time during the product mix when increasingly the Apple tower is becoming a trull vertical market and Apple needs to adjust its policies some. LIke perhaps acknowledging and blessing a certain list of after market DIY upgrades that are designed to either enhance or extend the consumer experience.
I think that people like OWC have been great partners for this sort of thing. Then say what you worry about but do it from within the context that you are in which is of incomplete knowledge.
We are all just starting to look at the new models and realize all the implications. So its important to do that before making ugly claims as finalized conclusions against a company whose products you make your money supporting. I do not not slap people I want to have a good working relationship with and I am sure neither does OWC most of the time.
On the other side to ignore that apple over the years has not done some loopy, to flat out unjust things in regards to its customers is to be naive, so it is good to be on the watch. As far as I can tell this is an evolving issue that despite those who are mad at OWC, will likely evolve and be solved quicker by the amount of attention it is getting. Perhaps we can just pull back on the totalitarian slash Orwell references every time we get spooked. Remember without out Apple there would be NO commercial alternative to Windows. Well obviously that is apple. You can go all the way back to fonts.
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I mean can you believe that MS did not target that is something people might want and make it a top priority early? My point is only this, I am glad that OWC is on the look out for BS behavior on the part of apple so that consumers can extend and enhance their imacs up to a point. At the same time, it was likely a bit early to be calling Apple ugly names that was more than likely just a symptom of your frustration at not being able to as of yet find a reliable and immediate work around. I think a more useful conversation be had is by some people at OWC with Apple asking while armed with a user signed petition of Imac owners to get some better policy on being able to upgrade apple imacs after they end their warranty period or after purchase so that their could be some sort of agreement there.
I know I am likely singing a way to hopeful song there but in my humble opinion, you do not know till you try and I know its been tried in the long past, but not recently. Also to me it is clear that the tower form factor along with apple stated strategy or not wanting to go into big business or take on any business that requires any accountability or expense to service a systems integrators means that the tower is going to be a more and more specialized solutions for high end Effects, CAD, and Video folks. So the reasonable follow on for consumer power users that choose the imac, they might want to broaden and spell out their policy for after market enhancements and after warranty end of life upgrades for extensions.
I think this would be huge help for users, as well as vendors like OWC.
Then it would be clear that there is no conspiratorial plot to take down the empire state building using imacs that over heat. OK so that was never mentioned but I had to take a humorous poke at all the conspiratorial stuff being said. But it would make it clear for folks looking to buy a high end imac for a pretty penny that Apple will cooperate with those home power users that are doing so because the expect to be able to do certain incremental things to speed them up and extend their life.
But I for one am glad they are on their guard, But just be on guard there already enough folks who want to find a legitimate reason so skewer Apple and ultimately that is not good for your business so be mindful alert and TACTFUL. I imaging that its mighty hard to support the position that: At least as far back as the iMac G5, changing internals has been an on-again, off-again piece of cake.
The fact that in the past Apple has cleverly designed iMacs with easy access to drive-exchange makes this developement all the more viable. Though there are many non-tech savvy folks who will ultimately pay for another system when their hard drive fails, there are many such as my self that can keep any given system running Indefinately without Apple throwing up road blocks. That being said, I have mixed feelings about this. They know how many people get AppleCare for, say, 3 years; they know how long people keep their computers after AppleCare has run its course.
And they know how many people opt to keep their old machine and try to upgrade it rather than buying a shiny new one with new features. How about televisions? There used to be a whole industry for fixing those, remember? Well, that sucks but you knew what you were getting into selling these kits as they are not endorsed or condoned by Apple. They discover the upgrade and a fight ensues. So, a company who makes money from modding Apple hardware gets grumpy when Apple probably incidentally makes it harder for said company to mod said hardware.
But of course, this is all about the consumers… ;. Every decision has a reason and I would imagine this one might have a lot less to do with trying to make more money off consumers than you might like to think. Wow Marc…kinda calls our ethics into question. Then I guess we have very different beliefs.