Suitable place to do the install of 3rd party RAM

phrehdd

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I have in the past done various upgrades to Mac Mini models of yore, and this time around, I am considering having someone else do the work as I am unclear if I can do the job without damaging the wire plug ends or more likely challenged to re-seat them upon putting the Mini back together.

I notice that OWC doesn't offer the service for the latest Mac Mini. Will Apple Store do it with 3rd party memory and does anyone know the cost OR - is there a 3rd party that can do this akin to OWC?
 

Ybersetzer

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May 3, 2019
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I can encourage you to try do it yourself. I am really NOT a gifted tinkerer, and I do have to admit that all in all it took me a solid hour, but I was able to accomplish everything and the RAM upgrade worked nicely.
There are some really thorough videos/posts with step-by-step instructions out there, and the necessary screwdrivers can be ordered cheaply.
 

getrealbro

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I installed 32Gb of 3rd party memory to my 2018 Mini using these iFixIt instuctions


Just be careful, take you time, be gentle, use the recommended tools and double check all the connections before moving to the next step when putting it back together.

GetRealBro
 
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phrehdd

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I can encourage you to try do it yourself. I am really NOT a gifted tinkerer, and I do have to admit that all in all it took me a solid hour, but I was able to accomplish everything and the RAM upgrade worked nicely.
There are some really thorough videos/posts with step-by-step instructions out there, and the necessary screwdrivers can be ordered cheaply.
I have in the past done upgrades but this is more about my limitations these days and not being sure if I can unseat and re-seat all the wire plugs properly. As stated below, I don't feel confident that I'll unseat and re-seat properly and make break something. I do have to grin given my ancient history of building PCs pre dating the Intel 386 on up to about 15 years ago. Let's just say Windows was not on the scene yet.

I installed 32Gb of 3rd party memory to my 2018 Mini using these iFixIt instuctions


Just be careful, take you time, be gentle, use the recommended tools and double check all the connections before moving to the next step when putting it back together.

GetRealBro
If I could get very close up video of the unseating and re-seating of the wires, it would go a long way. I have done older Mac Mini models that were a bit more challenging, and on one the ir connector and socket got damaged (as the instructions were not clear on how to unseat). This is a matter of not feeling confident at all. I do thank you for the advice.
 

Ybersetzer

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May 3, 2019
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I have in the past done upgrades but this is more about my limitations these days and not being sure if I can unseat and re-seat all the wire plugs properly. As stated below, I don't feel confident that I'll unseat and re-seat properly and make break something. I do have to grin given my ancient history of building PCs pre dating the Intel 386 on up to about 15 years ago. Let's just say Windows was not on the scene yet.
Ah, I see.
Maybe this will help:

Scroll down for the embedded clip. It is in German, but will give you closeup views of the unseating and re-seating of the wires (for example around the 7 minute mark). Maybe this can help you judge the difficulty involved.

All the best!
 

phrehdd

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Ah, I see.
Maybe this will help:

Scroll down for the embedded clip. It is in German, but will give you closeup views of the unseating and re-seating of the wires (for example around the 7 minute mark). Maybe this can help you judge the difficulty involved.

All the best!
Twice good! Yes, very good close ups and clarified at least two of the cable connections and made me wish that my late Mom was around to help translate as she spoke fluently and well...I just know a hand full of words. No matter, the video was worth a thousand words in Englisch oder Deutsch. Again thanks!
 

Toonartist

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Twice good! Yes, very good close ups and clarified at least two of the cable connections and made me wish that my late Mom was around to help translate as she spoke fluently and well...I just know a hand full of words. No matter, the video was worth a thousand words in Englisch oder Deutsch. Again thanks!
Also, consider getting the iFixit tool kit. I got this one and the only bit it doesn't have was the t10 which is in most ordinary tool kits. About £17. The tweezers and prying tools as well as the smaller bit heads made the job a lot easier!
 

Ybersetzer

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May 3, 2019
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7
Germany
Twice good! Yes, very good close ups and clarified at least two of the cable connections and made me wish that my late Mom was around to help translate as she spoke fluently and well...I just know a hand full of words. No matter, the video was worth a thousand words in Englisch oder Deutsch. Again thanks!
Glad to hear this is helpful! Drop me the time stamps that interest you and I'll be happy to translate!
 
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