Upgrading Mar 09 Mini's RAM = not hard

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jesterscourt, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. jesterscourt macrumors regular

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    Yes folks, finally NewEgg shipped me the two 2 gig DDR3 RAM sticks, and after some cajoling (I can't think of a better word to describe opening that case) with putty knives I bought specially for the task at the dollar store the day after my Mini shipped, it's done!

    Really. I just watched OWC's video, and went at it. A couple notes for those that haven't yet done this: Make sure you have a well lit area, I originally intended on doing this in my bedroom where my other PC was, so I could watch it on Youtube while performing surgery. Unfortunately it wasn't near bright enough, so I had to take the matter into the kitchen. Also, the last screw (the longer one in the front right corner) was a sucker to get out. Patience folks.

    Who else made the plunge?
     
  2. stix666 macrumors regular

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    I chickened out

    Had the old iMac with the OWC youtube vid next to the mac mini, in glorious sunshine. Got nervous after sliding what was probably a wider putty knife then desirable into the gap.

    Took it to the local computer shop who did it (RAM and hard drive) for £25. Bargain really, the nearest apple reseller wouldn't do for less than £50
     
  3. reebzor macrumors 6502a

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    I've done it about 10 times now.

    Old ones and new ones, they are just as easy.
     
  4. wheezy macrumors 65816

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    This was an easy find, no searching involved! I want to pickup just the baseline Mini for $599 but no way is 1GB of RAM gonna work, but paying another $150 for the switch-up was too much. I'll have to check out that video and go buy a putty knife.

    How was the access to the Hard Drive in there? Would a 7200rpm SATA 1.5 fit in there? I don't know why it wouldn't.... hmmm, or even better an SSD?
     
  5. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    any regular laptop drive will work, 5400rpm and 7200rpm.
     
  6. SnowX macrumors newbie

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    I did it earlier this week. It was a good reminder to always clean my putty knives after doing drywall. Has anyone been able to do it with only 1 knife? I tried, but everytime I would pull up one side and move on to the next, it would drop back in place. I eventually used the second knife I have.
     
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  8. Bkxmnr macrumors regular

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    I did it too! I upgraded my 2.26GHz Mini with the 4GB kit from Crucial. Having never opened a Mini before, I was a little apprehensive. The OWC video was helpful as was the iFixit Mini teardown. It probably took me under 10 minutes. One thing I would caution everyone on is be very careful of the ribbon connector when placing the drive unit back into the Mini. It appears it could get damaged pretty quickly. Other than that, it was a piece of cake. The creaking noises are a little unsettling though...
     
  9. bchreng macrumors 6502a

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    If you wedge in there hard enough the parts that come out stay out. It took me a while, but I was able to get in there with one.
     
  10. tamasvarga67 macrumors regular

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    I did it with one putty knife. First when I got the Mini I upgraded the RAM to 4GB then a week later the 320GB 7200RPM WD HDD arrived so I did the surgery again. I just followed the iFixit guide and everything went quickly and smoothly...
     
  11. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    any body drop in a 3.0gb/s instead of the 1.5?
     
  12. wheezy macrumors 65816

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    I think I'll be jumping over quick now, going to sell my '07 Macbook to pay for it. I'm glad I can buy the $599 base and just swap out the RAM myself for the 4GB, and I'll put in the fastest hard drive I can, GB doesn't matter so much as all I'll be doing is web design on it. Can an SSD go in there? I'll go google that...
     
  13. 3121 macrumors member

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    i was thinking of buying the standard Mini then upgrading the memory but as I have never done it before I'm a bit nervous to do it!
     
  14. jesterscourt thread starter macrumors regular

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    Wow, a Prince fan and a Mac User. :) Cool. Upgrading the memory was not hard, just literally take it slowly. I'd really recommend 2 putty knives, though, I don't think I could have personally done it with just one.
     
  15. MST macrumors 6502

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    When you say that you've used or recommend using 2 putty knives do you mean using 2 knives on the same side of the unit at the same time or 1 each on opposite sides of the unit at the same time?
     
  16. brop52 macrumors 68000

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    It is backwards compatible. Plus, the 3Gb/s drives are newer and better. You might as well buy one. Either way, the 2009 Mini has a 3Gb/s SATA II interface.

    Yes you can put in a SSD. Though the prices are pretty prohibitive IMO.
     
  17. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    If you benefited from OWC's video, then you should have bought your ram from them.. :p
     
  18. jesterscourt thread starter macrumors regular

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    Not when NewEgg had it much cheaper.
     
  19. JustGretchen macrumors 6502

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    I got 4gb Mushkin kit from newegg, and did it with 1 knife and 10 minutes time.

    Easy peasy. Thought about doing the HDD, but ehh...I just put a 320 7200 in my Macbook Pro, so I have it's drive laying around, but i really don't need to go through that trouble considering I have a 1tb FW800 drive.
     
  20. jerryskid macrumors newbie

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    completely agree with the comments above. changed out the ram couple days ago and it went splendidly. as an aside my only previous experience was increasing the ram on my girlfriend's macbook. nobody should really be scared of doing this....just take your time.
     
  21. motownflip macrumors regular

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    already did the ram, but have a hdd coming in tomorrow. Exciting stuff. No reason not to give it a shot yourself IMO. Just be careful.
     
  22. cc2096 macrumors regular

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    I bought the 4GB Mushkin kit from newegg and a WD 320 Black. Surgery went smooth as silk. I used a pizza cutter to open the gap and butter knife to pry the case off. No scratches no problems.
     
  23. brop52 macrumors 68000

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    I think OWC increased the price of their RAM from $59.99 to $67.99 for some reason.
     

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