Mac Mini Hard Drive Failure

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Adapsys, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. Adapsys
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    Adapsys

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    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!
     
  2. tomacintosh
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    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.
     
  3. reebzor
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    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.
     

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