Mac Mini i5 HDD black plastic wrap

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jetcat, Mar 6, 2015.

  1. jetcat macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2015
    I was wondering if anyone would know where I can get a new black plastic wrapper that Apple put around the hard drive in an i5 Mac mini.
    Mine looks tatty and torn after swapping out the hard drive a few times.
    Thanks in advance.
  2. jetcat thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2015
    No, that's not it I'm afraid. What I mean is if you see the original HDD inside an i5 Mac mini, and perhaps many other models, they've stuck on a black plastic sheet so it looks nice cosmetically. I think also to make everything look black under the wifi grate when you open it up.

  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'm not sure what you mean, can you take a picture and attach it to a post.
  4. jetcat thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2015
  5. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
  6. scottsjack macrumors 68000

    Aug 25, 2010
    Both of my 2012 minis came with their HDDs mounted in the lower bay and covered with that fragile, black plastic cover. I thought it might have something to do with shielding since the HDD sits next to an antenna.

    As I recall my 2008 MBP had a similar cover over its HDD which was noticeable when the battery cover was removed. My 2012 MBP has the HDD mounted in the exact same place as the 2008's but without the plastic cover. Since the entire back cover of the 2012 has to be removed in order to see it I concluded that the cover is just for looks.

    It would be nice to find a source of new ones before selling a mini.
  7. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    I thought that this covering was more a physical protection / barrier. So someone poking around to change the RAM wouldn't accidentally harm the hard drive if their screw driver slipped and stabbed the hard drive, or something. I removed it when changing around my drives, and I have not noticed any negative consequences.
  8. AppleNewton macrumors 68000


    Apr 3, 2007
    1 Finite Place
    Its not an individually sold item, it come part of the replacement drive kit for the lower bay. you can get any EMI shielding to cover it, its general purpose is to limit potentially interference from the drive mechanics and the antennas.

    you'll may just have to custom fit one to the drive, or scrounge eBay for pulled mac mini drives.
  9. westrock2000 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2013
    Have you considered putting a black SSD over it? :cool:

    Data Doubler kit plus Fusion drive is AWSOME!
  10. hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    I suspect the purpose of the black shield is simply to cover the exposed contacts on the hard disk controller board. This assures that there is no possibility of a short to the perforated metal shield it mounts to if the shield is accidentally deformed or something metallic pokes through a hole and contacts the disk drive electronics, shorting to the shield which is probably grounded. Some heavy packing tape, or thin mylar sheeting would probably suffice as a replacement ... or mount your sealed SSD in the lower bay.

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