Tausche dein optisches Laufwerk gegen eine zweite Festplatte oder eine SSD.

  1. Lege deine Daumen in die Vertiefungen der unteren Abdeckung.
    • Lege deine Daumen in die Vertiefungen der unteren Abdeckung.

    • Drehe die untere Abdeckung entgegen dem Uhrzeigersinn, bis der weiße Markierungspunkt am Rand der Abdeckung dem kleinen Kreis am Gehäuse gegenübersteht.

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  2. Neige den Mac Mini etwas, um die Abdeckung vom Gehäuse abzunehmen.
    • Neige den Mac Mini etwas, um die Abdeckung vom Gehäuse abzunehmen.

    • Entferne die Abdeckung und lege sie zur Seite.

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    • Der Lüfter ist mit zwei 11,3 mm T6 Torx Schrauben in der Nähe der Antennenplatine am Logic Board befestigt. Drehe sie heraus.

    There are actually 3 T6 screws securing the fan. The third screw is out of the screenshot, just below the RAM.

    inferno10 - Antwort

    Nope, that third screw is actually just a post that the rubber grommet attached to the fan body slips over. Step 4 shows how the fan comes off of it. When you go to remove the fan, you simply remove the two screws closest to the antenna plate and then lift the fan off this post. The screw you are talking about is removed in Step 14 and does not need to be removed until this point.

    Andrew Bookholt -

    Successful install completed, but I had some trouble getting the fan reinstalled. When I removed the fan from the "Step 14" post, the rubber piece stayed on the post. When attempting to reinstall the fan, it was impossible to get the loop to go back over that rubber piece. So, I had to remove the post (again), and with the help of the spudger and some patience, worked it through. Then installed the fan using the 2 screws and the post. I think it may have saved some time and trouble if I just removed all 3 in the first place, leaving the post in the fan.

    meag -

    On mine I needed to remove the 26 mm T6 Torx standoff during this step rather than step 12

    philipashlock - Antwort

    on my mid-2011 mac mini, that 3rd T6 post/screw had to be removed to get the fan out. It goes right through a hole in the fan housing. No way the grommet is slipping over anything without wreaking major havoc.

    Derek Shaw - Antwort

    On my mid-2010 mac mini, also removed the 26 mm T6 Torx standoff during this step instead of step 12. Having completed the steps, it appears my hard drive is from mid 2011, so maybe the production line for mine had changed.

    jstraath - Antwort

    • Hebe die Ausbuchtung am Lüfter, der dem RAM am nächsten ist, aus dem Abstandshalter am hinteren Gehäuse.

    Whats a standoff? Is that a screw?

    brzmn - Antwort

    A standoff is like a screw extender. It screws into a screw-hole, and its head has a screw hole on it. When you attach something to a standoff, it makes that something stand off the original screw-hole surface.

    cityzen -

    Pulling on the ear didn't do anything, so I removed the whole screw at this step. The screw stayed fixed on the fan and I didn't have to remove it at the step where you remove the logic board screws.

    Probably I didn't want to use too much force .. but it worked

    Alexander Kogler - Antwort

    This is the approach I used. no way was the "ear" pulling over the head of the standoff without breaking something. The standoff simply unscrewed from whatever is under the logic board and stayed with the fan assembly. WAY safe

    Derek Shaw -

    Loosen the fan standoff from the motherboard using a T6 driver.

    bobcloninger - Antwort

    When I pulled the fan ear off the standoff the rubber grommet stayed on the standoff. That's fine, but it makes it difficult to put the fan ear back on during reassembly. So I just pulled the rubber grommet off the standoff and put it into the hole in the fan ear. Then I was able to push the fan ear onto the standoff with out trouble during reassembly.

    dhein - Antwort

    It seems easiest to just remove this screw now. It comes out in Step 12 anyway. This way you don't have to mess with the rubber grommet.

    moecastleton - Antwort

    • Hebe den Lüfter ein Stück weit aus dem Mini, um an seinen Stecker zu gelangen.

    • Ziehe die Lüfterkabel vorsichtig nach oben, um den Stecker des Lüfters aus seinem Sockel auf dem Logic Board zu ziehen.

    • Entferne den Lüfter.

    I was a bit too rough in unclipping the fan and broke off the connector on the board?

    Is my only option to replace the board?

    Anthony DeFreitas - Antwort

    • Entferne die 3,5 mm Torx T6 Schraube, die die Kühlhaube am Kühlkörper befestigt.

    This is a screw into the head of another screw below it that holds the main board. When I took out the fan, the top screw AND the longer 26 mm screw came out together so when I was putting my mini back together I thought for a moment I had lost a screw.

    info - Antwort

    Mine is stuck together too, but with a twist. They are not coming off. It starts to "jump" in the end, probably because the cover is pushing inwards the metal case. Any suggestion?

    douglaslondrina - Antwort

    In my Mac mini there is no cowling. Maybe a previous owner didn’t put it back?

    Doeke Zanstra - Antwort

    • Hebe die Kühlhaube am Ende in der Nähe der Antennenplatte hoch.

    • Drehe die Haube weg vom Gehäuse und entferne sie vom Mini.

    This is wrong step. If you need remove this out, it would be better to pull out logic board, and remember to remove cables attached on it before pull out.

    Lin Adison - Antwort

    • Die Antennenplatte ist mit vier Torx Schrauben am Mini befestigt. Drehe sie heraus:

      • Zwei 6,6 mm T8 Schrauben

      • Zwei 5,0 mm T8 oder 2,0 mm Inbus Schrauben

    The red circled screws are T9 in my Mac mini (not T8).

    Sven Harmstorf - Antwort

    ditto here - the 6.6 mm screws that anchor to the HD (now SSD) are T9

    Derek Shaw -

    I have tried several times but I have been unable to get all four holes to line up when replacing the antenna plate. I can get the two closer to the center of the mini just fine but no matter how I align the plate, one of the screws closer to the edge of the mini will be so far out of alignment that I cannot get the screw to go in. I had to leave one screw uninstalled. The plate is not distorted in any way. It is installed the same way it was before I removed, as far as I can tell. I am baffled! Has anyone been through this?

    GalvanicMacPro - Antwort

    Galvanic, it pops in.

    bkbkbk -

    I had a really hard time with this. I was able to resolve it though: secure the other three screws first. Then I pushed my precision screwdriver into the hole and levered the wayward tab into position: it wedged in with an audible snap sound! Then I was able to fasten the final screw.

    Aaron Vegh -

    I have trouble with this step every time I repair one of these minis. Aaron, your tip worked perfectly for me, thanks. -Anne

    DA IT Department -

    The antenna plate assembly is a tongue and groove type. The plate has a "groove" and the rim of the outer case is the "lip". You have to slide it in and align the parts ant it fits perfectly .

    jvilella -

    To solve this, just pick on the plate on the semi circle side and with the tool "open" just slighter the space where the semicircle have to fit

    Pedro -

    Had the same problem - the reason was the replacement drive I used - it is thinner than the original one. So I could not get the far side of the drive correctly into the holes for the notches mounted on the drive; that is - the drive was always a little bit too far to the center of the mac case. Everything works fine until you try to install all four screws.

    I found a simple solution: I attached some adhesive tape temporarily to the drive cover. By pulling on the tape while pushing the drive in its space the notches slipped into their holes. After this installing the antenna was no problem any more.

    Erwin Sommerauer -

    I had a similar problem with getting the antenna cover to fit back into place. I tried putting 3 screws back in and levering the 4th, but it did not work in my case. Finally, with three screws in place,, I carefully placed a thin pair of forceps into one of the holes in the cover and levered the entire cover upwards. That worked for me.

    Don - Antwort

    Pulling up on the cover worked for me too. I found that the best place to pull up on the cover is at about "true north" in the picture ... near the black dot used to indicate lid-is-closed. I did it before installing any screws and all four screws went in fine.

    Fred Cat -

    As others have noted, the hardest part of the whole process is getting the holes lined up in reassembly. I ended up stripping one of the short screws, but it fits well enough to engage the slots in the circular plastic cover. If you leave a short screw out, I don't know how the bottom cover would fit securely. I would carefully note how the antenna cover fits while you remove it. The longer screws go into the actual hard drive, so I think alignment of the hard drive is part of the problem.

    Steve Dollar - Antwort

    I had same problem..! U tried EVERTHING, and what worked PERFECT for me, and with very little effort is what "x10target" described here (scroll about half way down): Difficulty in re-installing Antenna Plate

    Mikey Marvel - Antwort

    To replace the antenna plate, you need to patiently align the sides of the antenna and slide it in. I had similar problems as described above but, instead of using force, I resorted to patience. The plate's fit is very snug, just a little bit off the straight line and it won't sit properly. And when it sits, it really sits tight, you don't even need to hold it in place while screwing the screws back in.

    Eric Schneider - Antwort

    In the “arch” of the plate is sort of a tongue & groove that fits over & under the lip of the body. I used Kelly Forceps to coax everything back together.

    tom - Antwort

    • Hebe die Antennenplatte am Rand in der Nähe des RAM etwas an.

    • Ziehe die Platte sorgfältig weg vom runden Rand des äußeren Gehäuses.

    • Entferne die Platte noch nicht. Sie ist immer noch an der AirPort/ Bluetooth Karte angeschlossen.

    When I tried to do step 9 and disconnect these connectors, I found that not only the cable/connector but the receptacle tore off the logic board -- momentary panic! This happened to both connectors.

    Left on the logic board were two tiny fragile gold pins (per connector). Fortunately they were pretty straight, and upon re-assembly, I was able to gently slot the receptacles back into the tiny pins. Upon reassembly, everything's working fine (no crazy fan noise) so I guess I got lucky...maybe VERY lucky. :)

    Thanks iFixIt for a fantastic guide. I've got a replacement drive in there and it's definitely going to extend the life of my Mini for another season.

    David Das - Antwort

    • Löse den Verbinder der Antenne vorsichtig mit der Spudgerspitze von der AirPort /Bluetooth Karte.

    I broke the connector on the bluetooth board when trying to remove the antenna when I tried to replace the hard drive. Currently, the exact replacement bluetooth board 607-6509A is very hard to find or otherwise, expensive. Instead, I was able to use a cheap replacement that can be found on eBay: Apple Macbook Unibody A1342 Airport Bluetooth Module 607-6771A. There is a black plastic sheath at the back of the 607-6771A. Just cut out the part that cover the 2 holes, you are good to go.

    millicurie77 - Antwort

    Good info, thanks

    maccentric -

    Hmmm just broke the port as well; it is tricky and sticky even after the port came off …

    Choat - Antwort

    Thanks for the info; my port just broke here as well :( It is sticky and port connector is so fragile!

    Choat - Antwort

    it’s so painful ! almost all the time is spend to try to put this ridiculous connector. my last mini mac is a server, and use ethernet not the wifi so i gave up after 1 hour .

    admin - Antwort

    It would be nice if there was a close up pic of the different connectors. Then, one would know how the connectors attach. In this case, this connector is kinda like an old “F” plug. Used Kelly Forceps to pull straight up. Came off and went back on. No sweat.

    tom - Antwort

    • Entferne die Antennenplatte vom Mini.

    When you replace the antenna plate, it can be tricky. The curved edge of it actually slots both over and under the edge of the case. If it doesn’t seem to fit properly, the edges of the cut perforations may be slightly squashed. Tweak them with a small screwdriver and it will suddenly seat properly.

    Ben G - Antwort

    • Entferne folgende drei Torx Schrauben:

      • Eine 5,0 mm T8 oder 2 mm Inbus

      • Eine 16,2 mm T6 Schraube

      • Eine 26 mm T6 Abstandsschraube

    In my case, the yellow circled standoff already came out with the previously removed fan.

    Sven Harmstorf - Antwort

    My standoff screw was really tight and my T6 stripped the screw. :( But, because it's effectively just used as a post to stabilise the fan, I ended up using some surgical clamps, grabbing the standoff where the rubber grommet sits, and gently twisted the screw loose. No major damage because that part of the screw isn't really used! Just be careful and gently twist (patience is KEY) to loosen.

    alc217 - Antwort

    • Ziehe die Drähte für die Festplatte und die Thermosensoren hoch, um die Stecker aus ihren Sockeln auf dem Logic Board zu lösen.

    The thermal sensor is VERY delicate, hold the connector down with a spudger and lift the cable with some tweezers. Long list of people online who have accidentally removed the connector from the logic board because the solder is insufficient.

    anthonypshaw - Antwort

    I second the comment about using something, say a small screwdriver, to carefully put some pressure on the connector whilst then prying the cable up.

    Simon Martin - Antwort

    Excellent advice - thanks. I used a small set of tweezers to gently lift up enough cable to hold onto, and then to hold the sockets onto the logic board whilst I pulled! Success!

    Mike Haines - Antwort

    Note: the clips lift straight up, although after they are removed, it appears that tiny "prongs" are in the remaining socket. What look like tiny prongs are just horizontal wires. To replace, push the clips straight down. I used metal picks (like fine bent ice picks - available at Harbor Freight) to get under the edge of the plastic clip and lift up. I pulled gently on the wires with tweezers as I pried up the clips, but I would not count on pulling alone to get the job done.

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    • Löse die Stecker von Festplatte und optischem Laufwerk mit dem flachen Ende des Spudgers aus ihren Sockeln auf dem Logic Board.

    The removal of the SATA connectors for the hard drive and the optical drive should probably be separated into two steps. It's easy to miss the second one and pull a SATA connector off.

    Not confirming that I did it, but I am looking for someone to solder a SATA connector back on. ;)

    jrmn - Antwort

    • Um den Thermosensor am optischen Laufwerk zu lösen, musst du das Kabel zwischen Daumen und Spudger einklemmen, dann den Spudger nach oben ziehen. Dadurch hebt sich der Stecker aus seinem Sockel auf dem Logic Board.

    These sensors are too fragile in some cases. In my case both the hard drive and optical sensor cables tore off despite all my best efforts. The plastic holding down the cables appears to be too fragile or brittle and simply tears as the cables are pulled away.

    nirv - Antwort

    Pulling the socket off the board seems to be a common problem. I am going to investigate making a tool to hold down the socket while prying up on the plug.

    For the time being I am using an app that controls the fan speed by sampling other sensors, such as the CPU heat sink.

    papa Hajek - Antwort

    There are two problems with these connectors. First off they're made of very thin plastic so break easily (something addressed in later Mac mini's). Second the socket melts to the connector making it impossible to lift it.

    If you do break it the metal tabs of the socket should we easily resoldered. Some practice beforehand, a fine tip solder iron, some leaded solder and your away.

    Brent - Antwort

    En mi caso perdi el sensor de la unidad optica y ahora el ventilador se mantiene acelerado y no se si para que vuelva a su velocidad normal habré de conseguir el sensor optico. (cuando hice las pruebas con el equipo abierto, mientras probaba otra unidad optica no me daba esa falla).

    Monserrat Bojorges Flores - Antwort

    • Hebe den Verbinder des Infrarotsensors mit der Spudgerspitze aus seinem Sockel auf dem Logic Board.

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    • Zum Entfernen des Logic Boards müssen die beiden zylinderförmigen Stäbe des Mac Mini Logic Board Removal Tools in die mit Rot gekennzeichneten Löcher gesteckt werden. Die Platine kann zerstört werden, wenn Instrumente in irgendwelche anderen Löcher der Platine gesteckt werden (außer den Markierten).

    • Stecke das Mac Mini Logic Board Removal Tool in die zwei mit Rot gekennzeichneten Löcher. Vergewissere dich, dass die Stäbe das Gehäuse unter der Platine berühren, bevor du fortfährst.

    • Wenn du das Werkzeug nicht hast, kannst du es mit zwei Stiften mit maximal 2,5 mm Durchmesser probieren. Setze beide in die markierten Löcher ein.

    • Ziehe das Werkzeug vorsichtig in Richtung des I/O Boards. Dieses sollte nun zusammen mit der Platine langsam aus dem Gehäuse herausgeschoben werden.

    • Höre auf zu ziehen, wenn das I/O Board sichtbar vom Gehäuse getrennt ist. Entferne das Werkzeug.

    I had a couple of 3/32" drill bits in my tool chest. Worked perfectly (2.38 mm)

    Derek Shaw - Antwort

    • Drücke die beiden Plastikclips ganz links und rechts am I/O Board gleichzeitig nach innen und ziehe das I/O Board aus dem Gehäuse.

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    • Ziehe die ganze I/O und Logic Board Einheit so weit aus dem Gehäuse, dass du an den Stromanschluss kommst.

    • Löse den Stromanschluss mit einer Pinzette vom Logic Board.

    • Ziehe den Stecker des Stromanschlusses in Richtung der Öffnung des optischen Laufwerks.

    Tweezers aren't strong enough. Use some small needle-nose pliers. Hold the I/O board and it pull away.

    Tyrone Steele - Antwort

    • Schiebe vorsichtig die Einheit des Logic Boards aus dem Mini, achte dabei darauf, dass sich keine Kabel verfangen.

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    • Entferne die 7,9 mm Torx T6 Schraube, welche das Netzteil und das optische Laufwerk am äußeren Gehäuse befestigen.

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    • Ziehe die silbermetallische Halteklammer der Netzeingangsbuchse weg von der Seite des äußeren Gehäuses und entferne sie vom Mac Mini.

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    • Drehe die Netzeingangsbuchse um 90° gegen den Uhrzeigersinn.

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    • Schiebe das Netzteil aus dem Mac Mini, achte dabei darauf, dass sich keine Kabel verfangen.

    I had to wiggle the power cable to help remove the power supply.

    Simon Martin - Antwort

    The plastic tab with the 7.9 mm T6 Torx screw which secures the power supply has an internal lip which may get caught on the part underneath. Lift the tab to slide out the power supply.

    Ben Patterson - Antwort

    Thanks, Ben, for highlighting the little lip underneath the plastic tab! I was starting to get frustrated with the power supply!

    alc217 - Antwort

    When re-installing the power supply, double check the position of the plug before inserting back into the chassis. Keep in mind that you need to hold the plug in that earlier (90 deg counter clockwise) position as you slot it in, otherwise you'll have a heck of a time twisting the plug back properly.

    alc217 - Antwort

    • Entferne die Festplatte aus dem Mac Mini, achte dabei darauf, dass sich keine Kabel verfangen. .

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    • Entferne die 7,9 mm T6 Torx Schraube, die das optische Laufwerk am äußeren Gehäuse befestigt.

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    • Ziehe vorsichtig das Laufwerk aus dem äußeren Gehäuse heraus, achte dabei darauf, dass sich keine Kabel verfangen.

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    • Löse sorgfältig die Kabel zum Infrarotsensor aus dem Kanal in der Halterung des optischen Laufwerks heraus.

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    • Entferne die beiden 6,3 mm Torx T6 Schrauben, mit denen die beiden Seiten der Halterung des optischen Laufwerks am optischen Laufwerk befestigt sind (insgesamt vier Schrauben).

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    • Entferne die Halterung des optischen Laufwerks vom optischen Laufwerk, achte dabei darauf, dass sich keine Kabel verfangen.

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    • Ziehe das Flachbandkabel zum optischen Laufwerk vorsichtig vom optischen Laufwerk ab.

    Tip here, warm the adhesive tape with a hair drier to aid removal.

    Simon Martin - Antwort

    • Ziehe den Stecker des optischen Laufwerks vom optischen Laufwerk ab und trenne es damit ab.

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    • Löse das Stück schwarzen Klebebands vom Thermosensor des optischen Laufwerks ab.

    Tip here, warm the adhesive tape with a hair drier to aid removal.

    Simon Martin - Antwort

    • Heble den Thermosensor des optischen Laufwerks sorgfältig aus seiner Klebeverbindung zum optischen Laufwerk heraus.

    • Du brauchst vielleicht etwas Klebeband oder Kunstoffkleber, um den Thermosensor am neuen Laufwerk zu befestigen.

    • Wenn im Laufwerk noch eine CD oder etwas anderes festklemmt, haben wir dafür eine Reparaturanleitung.

    Be very careful - I accidentally broke this thermal sensor in half while pulling off the black tape and had to order a new one for $40 (I ordered Apple P/N 605-2470, which is a kit because I couldn't find just the sensor). iFixit does not carry this part. Expensive mistake. Without the sensor the computer sounds like an airplane (fan is on high).

    chrismiller08 - Antwort

    should one replace the thermal sensor onto the new hdd? I imagine it will naturally be warmer than the old optical drive, will the OS know how to handle this?

    Brad Bell - Antwort

    Tip here, again, warm the sensor with a hair drier to aid removal. Try to push the sensor off the adhesive rather than lift or pull.

    Simon Martin - Antwort

    second the hint about the hair dryer!

    alc217 - Antwort

    So here is the issue.

    1) The black tape, in my case anyway, came off easily without any effect to the small thermal sensor below it. Be careful removing the tape just in case.

    2) Absolutely use a hair dryer

    - Start warming the small circuit with some warm air from the dryer, then increase the temperature.

    - Using a spudger very gently try to move it to understand whether the glue has softened or not. After some time of heating up the area with only a hair dryer, the component will simply slide off as the glue begins to soften to an almost wet glue consistency.

    nirv - Antwort

    I sticked the optical drive thermal sensor to the optical bay hard drive enclosure and after I reassembled it the computer shuts off after a few minutes. If I disconnect the thermal sensor the fan starts at full speed and the computer also shuts down.

    Any help?

    yllades - Antwort

    Just wanna add ; the heat-gun / hair dryer is an absolute necessity. It should be clearly noted in this step.

    Adrien Claude - Antwort

    • Entferne den Abstandshalter aus Kunststoff vom Gehäuse des optischen Laufwerks, indem du einen der Clips auf beiden Seiten eindrückst und ihn dann nach oben aus dem Gehäuse heraushebst.

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    • Stelle sicher, dass die Anschlüsse nach unten zeigen, bevor die Festplatte in das Gehäuse eingesetzt wird.

    • Lege die Festplatte vorsichtig in das Gehäuse.

    • Während eine Hand das Gehäuse an Ort und Stelle hält, drücke mit der anderen Hand die Festplatte an die Anschlüsse im Gehäuse.

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    • Sobald die Festplatte fest sitzt. kannst du den Abstandshalter aus Kunststoff wieder einsetzen. Drücke dabei die Festplatte gegen die Unterseite des Gehäuses.

    • Schließe alle Kabel, die du vom ursprünglichen Laufwerk entfernt hattest, am optischen Laufwerk an.

    Why no mention of attaching the new hard drive to the Optical Drive Enclosure using the enclosed phillips screws?

    Once you have securely inserted the new hard drive into the Optical Drive Enclosure and replaced the plastic positioner you should attach the drive to the enclosure using two of the provided phillips screws. Two holes on the underside of the enclosure should align with two attachment holes on the underside of the drive.

    nickmalmquist - Antwort

    Do you need a sata cable to connect the new drive to the board or does it connect via the optical drive cable that we disconnected earlier?

    Erik Sawaya - Antwort

    It does connect to the optical drive cable but if you don't use the optical bay enclosure you'll need a 13 pins to 22 pins sata adaptor (and some tape!)

    The sata cable for the optical drive has 6 + 7 pins while ssd and hhd have 15 + 7 pins

    Graziano Nora - Antwort

    Can someone please explain why you need to remove the black plastic faceplate  from the optical bay enclosure. It is designed to receive the standard SSD. What is gained from removing a part of it?

    Peter Bull - Antwort


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This is not a "Disassemble Guide"... is a "REPLACEMENT GUIDE"!

"follow in reverse order" is not good here.

-what do we do about all the sensors we removed (osx errors)?

-where the we put all the stickies ribbons and tape (that prevent short circuits btw)?

-the sensor cables cannot be routed around the new part because there are no channels to put the cables in (guess what cables will entangle inside)

So please provide guide about what to do with the replacement part, which is DIFFERENT from the original part.

Or at least put a note a the beginning:


I'm not speaking for myself here, I can do this blindfolded, but for others which are not very technical.

I can recognize easily a poorly written guide, because I do a lot of them.

crus - Antwort

Yup = exactly = what to do next once I have it all disassembled? If you can do it blindfolded, maybe you could also be so kind as to shed some light on the issues? At least the sensor stuff…

silverdr -

I've run through this tutorial twice. First time I switched our the HDD for a 1tb, and the DVD drive for an SSD. The HDD works but the machine didn't find the SSD. I then swapped them - it now finds the SSD but not in the HDD which is now in what used to be the optical drive slot.

Do I need to buy a new cable for the optical drive? As it appears that's what it's not reading, or is there something I've missed?


Josh G - Antwort

Just completed this in under an hour, thanks in part to reading the whole guide once over before and reading all the comments about the various different steps, so thanks also to the commenters!

Amazingly, system booted first time and it sees the 2nd HDD (SSD actually), now to try setting up a Fusion drive :-)

Simon Martin - Antwort

I did it! With lots of help from my friends who work at an apple repair store... perhaps that is cheating?

I too am having trouble now with the disk utility recognizing the newly installed hard drive. Did I miss something? I followed the instructions perfectly. And my repair friends helped me with the "why won't this fit back together you tiny unibody you!"

Any suggestions for how to get the disk utility to recognize my drive I just worked so hard to put in there would be greatly appreciated!

kmvbconover - Antwort

achtet auf die Bauhöhe der Festplatte! Man bekommt zwar eine 12,1 mm hohe Platte rein, aber es wird alles mehr als eng

dirkmutik - Antwort

To someone who can't find the second harddrive, just reset NVRAM(Command-Option-P-R when boot). It works for me.

Wayne Tang - Antwort

"what do we do about all the sensors we removed?"

where do we have to connect the thermal sensor we removed from the optical drive? Maybe on the new hard disk? But temperatures shall be different!

Fabrizio Pelamatti - Antwort

All back together and working fine - except the tricky 4th screw on the antenna! Gave up and left it out!

Thanks for the info and pics!

Mike Haines - Antwort

FINALLY! All back together…. Lost a screw first time ‘round. Couldn’t find it anywhere. Then as I turned over the case when I had it 95% back together, I heard a rattle. OKaaaayy. Took it all apart again, found the culprit, got it together again — without the shake, rattle, and roll when I turned it over. It now has a 128Gb SSD and a 2TB hdd that will become a true Fusion drive in a few hours. Oh yeah, I installed 16Gb of RAM in it as well.

Great guide!

VikingShips - Antwort

Followed the guide Step by Step, and had trouble with the antenna holes, as others did. I was replacing a 500gb HDD with an 500gb SSD and moving the existing HDD to the DVD bay. I used an Ifixit guide on the hard drive replacement step, to get the great comments on each step. I did use the 3/32 drill bits to pull the logic board out and I did hold down the little plastic retainers holding the heat sink connects to the MB. Thank you for putting this guide together. I am primarily a windows guy, but with these guides I can do Macs with lots of patience and careful reading of the commends. Great, great guide and pictures, I especially liked the the screw size on each step, that was helpful aso.

Chap Gleason

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Chapman Gleason - Antwort

Hi you all,

This is the second time I’ve got the same problem. I mount the kit following step-by-step your guide, and all seems function too well when I boot the mac!… but ONLY TH 1ST TIME! The second time I boot again and second standard disk 250GB 5400 RPM, placed in CD-ROM caddy, won’t appear.I tried with CMD+ALT+P+R to reset the NVRAM, but never… did you have same trick in an your secret pocket? Where you placed your boot SSD? Mine is placed in the standard disk space (under the WI-FI Antenna) and the second standard disk in CDROM caddy replacement.

Tanks a lot


P.s. maybe sensors?

Marco Cappelli - Antwort

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