Switching the HD difficulity: Base Mini 2011 vs Mini 2009

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Minicube, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. Minicube macrumors regular

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    To people who have already done both switches; how does the difficulty level compare? I've added RAM and switched a HD in a 2009 mini; I'd say it was moderately+ difficult for me. Is the 2011 HD easier or harder to switch IYO?
     
  2. falterego macrumors 6502

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    I'm wondering as well. Someone posted a very detailed series of pics for their drive upgrade, and I can't find the thread now. I'm thinking about putting a SSD in as my primary but I don't want to run into one of those 'oops i'm out a thousand bucks' moments.
     
  3. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    having done more then 60 2009 minis and now 4 2011 minis only single drive 2.3 2.5 2.7 no server. it is a push. but I do lots of small work and have lots of tools lighting etc. the 2011 server is coming I will let you know if it is harder. I posted the thread on the one drive 2011 minis



    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1194678&highlight=


    It is easier to break the 2011. make sure you pull things apart correctly. good light good tools good eyes or good glasses. don't muscle anything exception putting the grill back may need a tiny bit of bending it does flex a bit.
     
  4. falterego macrumors 6502

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    Thanks cube, that's the post I was looking for before. It looks like everything is a T6 or T8 bit which is nice.
     
  5. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    no you need a 2mm hex wrench for the 2 of the grill screws and a t6 and a t8 for the rest
     
  6. MJL macrumors 6502a

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    If you replace the standard 5400 rpm / 8 Mb cache with a 7200 rpm / 16 Mb cache then use the Seagate 320 Gb Momentus THIN (ST320LT023). This is 2 mm thinner than the normal 2.5" / 9.5 mm HDD and with a bit of wiggling you can manage just to slide it in/out without having to remove the logic board (after you remove the black plastic edge). It is also a very quiet HDD.

    This can also work with the Intel X25M 80Gb SSD (5/6 mm thick) except there the plastic edge is held in place by four screws which needs replacing with shorter ones. And that invalidates the warranty.....
     

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