Replacing 2012 Mini Hard drive without Logic Board tool

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by SimonUK5, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. SimonUK5 macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2010
    Is it a right pain to take the stock drive out and replace it with an SSD without the u-shaped tool? I've read that some people just pull the drive out at an angle?

    Anyone done it without the tool?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
  3. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Twice in fact. If you just get two precision screw drivers and slide them into the holes you can do it without the tool. It's probably a little more difficult to deal with two tools instead of one, but I've done it with no issues.
  4. SimonUK5 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2010
    The guide assumes you have the tool...

    @paulrbeers - Cheers! nice to know someone doesn't pay for iFixits/OWCs overpriced tools.
  5. El Hikaru macrumors regular

    Dec 3, 2013
    I bought iFixit tool and arriving today.
    I know you are right but excited.
  6. hwojtek, Jan 6, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2014

    hwojtek macrumors 65816


    Jan 26, 2008
    Poznan, Poland
    I did exactly the same thing Paul did and found it fairly easy. However for the next time I will come prepared with a piece of hard wire bent to resemble the iFixit tool.
  7. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    I did not use the U tool, but on Ebay, you buy the cable with all tools, gromets and U-bar for 25$ and free shipping. Can't worry much with that price.
  8. SimonUK5 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2010
    just replacing the drive not adding a second, so don't need a kit.

    I'll just bend a coat hanger to the same shape.

    Thanks guys
  9. mvmanolov macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2013
    i didn't think of a coat hanger :D neat... I used to drill bits that were the right size, and it worked like a charm :D
  10. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    Why do you replace? Just add the second drive. Thought you had a very good reason to replace the HD, for a Mac Pro beating SSD Raid 0 config or so, but just replacing with another drive. That is waste of money, storage and time.
  11. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    If you're just taking out and replacing the existing drive you don't need to move the logic youtube, there are videos there showing how to do it.

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