View Full Version : Mac Mini Hard Drive Failure

Jan 4, 2010, 05:58 AM
Hi guys, the hard drive has just completely failed on my three year old mac mini. I want to replace the drive but I'm not sure if this is something I should do myself? How complex/risky is it?

If I go to the apple genius bar can they help? How much would they charge (out of warranty)?

Can anyone suggest the best course of action?

Thanks in advance!

Jan 4, 2010, 06:01 AM
The trickiest part is getting into the mini! Once you're inside it's like dismantling a jigsaw, the hard drive is hidden away a bit. You need to remove the optical drive to get to it. If you like taking things apart then I'd give it a go, I've done plenty, including CPU upgrades. I love it :)

Otherwise, take it to Apple, but I'm not sure how much they'll charge.

Jan 4, 2010, 08:20 AM
Head over to ifixit.com. They have guides on how to dismantle/replace parts in most every mac. Following that, find a nice youtube video of someone taking one apart. It's rather simple and all you really need is a putty knife. Read the guides, watch the videos and decide for yourself.