Installing SSD in Mac Mini 2012 tips

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by HappyHammer7, Nov 2, 2014.

  1. HappyHammer7 macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2010
    I have recently purchased a Mac mini and ordered a ssd to install alongside the 500gb hdd. Done quite a bit of research on the subject and fully confident to do it.

    However, the only thing that concerns me is the IR and Fan connector disconnection. A lot of people it seems have damaged the logic board doing this.

    I have built many pc before but never encountered this type of connector before. I want to make sure what the best way is before it is attempted. I know there is info online but people say pull from the wire whilst others use a spudger just below the wires to pry them off.

    Any tips or experience on this?
  2. DancyMunchkin macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2014
    I used a spudger to disconnect/connect when I replaced the HD in my Mini with an SSD.
  3. rusty2192 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2008
    I just did mine a few days ago. I used the spudger that came with the OWC kit (cheaper on Amazon than the iFixit). I didn't have any trouble but it was a little nerve wracking. I just took my time and had no problems.
  4. HappyHammer7 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2010
    Where abouts did you left it from? Did you get under the connector itself or under the wires where they go into the connector?
  5. drsox, Nov 2, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2014

    drsox macrumors 65816


    Apr 29, 2011
    Just the wires !!!! If you lever the IR connector you may break the socket (common error).
    The fan is a bit easier as the socket is more durable but also only the wires. IMO don't lift the wires with your fingers. Have a look at the detailed pics on the iFixit site : and

    Get at the IR sensor from the back and the fan from the front. Make sure you remember which way up the fan connector wires were (it looks about the same either way up).
  6. rusty2192 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2008
    On mine it was really tight between the wires and the piece behind it (you'll see what I mean when you open it up) so I was trying to get under the connector only, but in the process it actually lifted up from the wires.
  7. bbbobbb macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2006
    That kit is also available from OWC themselves shipped free: World Computing/DIYIMM11D2/

    for $29.

    This same page shows the full installation with really nice video and cautions about what you are asking...

    As a bonus they give you a little piece of metallic stick on shielding to make the Bluetooth work better. Since you basically have the complete system disassembled putting on the shielding is a 10 second job...
  8. BJonson macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2010
    Don't take it apart. Just pull out the old drive, drop the new ssd in the spot, reinstall the original drive and go. It's an ssd, it won't get damaged being loose.
  9. scottsjack macrumors 68000

    Aug 25, 2010
    A drive just laying in there not properly mounted? No thanks. If I had it to do all over again I would have ordered both of mine as servers. That way there is already a hard drive and OEM harness in the upper bay.

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