Trying to properly secure my Mac Mini SSD

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  1. Ice Dragon, Dec 21, 2011
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    Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

    Ice Dragon

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    So I opened up the back of my Mac Mini, took out the HDD, put in an SSD, though couldn't secure it. After fussing with different ways for nearly an hour while trying to be as gentle as possible; I gave up and secured the SSD to the SATA port and left it hanging out using the top and a static free cloth.

    My question is: Do I have to move out the logic board in order to get the SSD snapped in or can I do it without it. I already tried it without moving it with no success.

    Everything is working just fine so I don't want to mess anything up, though if I have to move out the logic board, I may seek a professional.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    WHAT mini? the server?
    the base mini?
    what ssd ?

    some are bigger then others.

    I put some kingstons in and they are a tiny bit too big to slip in.

    thus moving the logic board about 1/2 inch needed to be done.

    all the samsungs fit without sliding
     
  3. Ice Dragon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah it's the Samsung 470 and in the base mini and being that this is my first time ever replacing a hard drive, I know I'm doing something wrong.

    Now I don't think this should matter however the SSD will only stay secure in the second SATA port (the one further away from the the Wi-Fi antenna and closer to the fan).
     
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  5. Ice Dragon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's funny because I actually did just that. I used a Torx T7 to get the screws off of the Hitachi Hard Drive and it would stay stuck and I couldn't seat it down.
     
  6. philipma1957, Dec 21, 2011
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    look at the cables at the end of the opening sometimes they move to the wrong spot. i will look for a photo link.


    http://guide-images.ifixit.net/igi/lR1QgnCGH5qWSqVW.huge

    this photo shows the bottom holes for the bottom drive. the top holes are above and out of site. also on the right are cables they can lay wrong and make it hard to put the ssd/hdd in




    http://guide-images.ifixit.net/igi/pNWVfmLbjQphbgJn.huge


    this photo shows the cables better if they lay wrong it is hard to seat the drive




    http://guide-images.ifixit.net/igi/NbecTDBRsudat45Z.huge


    another shot of the cables and the lower drive holes
     
  7. Ice Dragon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, I'll work on it again soon.

    I edited my post since I see a censored word and I don't believe I put anything there. I said Mac mini lid.
     
  8. Ice Dragon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Not to double post but I also should mention something I found through experimentation. It seems the SATA port that my HDD was plugged into is slower for my SSD than the one next to it is. I noticed about a 5 second slower boot time with it.
     
  9. saulinpa macrumors 6502

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    Did you re-select your startup disk? A lot of time can be spent figuring out where to boot from if the selected one is not available.
     
  10. Ice Dragon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That could be it, though I need to fuss with it more and though I don't want to do so just yet.

    The SSD is great though and I will never go back to using HDDs again. I may go with Apple's option next time for the Ivy Bridge mini or Haswell mini if the price is decent enough. I am glad I did it on my own though I was very nervous the whole time and afraid I would mess something up.

    *fingers crossed* so far, so good.
     

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