Thanks for the summary.The install of an SSD isn't bad either.
Unscrew cooling fan. Don't even need to disconnect the power jumper.
Unscrew and remove (takes some wiggling) the wireless cowling.
Unscrew and remove the black cowling on the left.
Pull logic board 1 to 1.5 inches (use two Torx drivers, or get the logic board removal tool)
Wiggle out drive.
Just remember to re-apply the thermistor (can remove it from the old drive with a spudger), and all the tape. You also might need to separate the "lip" of the wireless cowling a bit when you reinstall it. It's installed with absurdly tight (and impressive) tolerances.
The photos from iFixit's teardown give you a great reference point. You just need a spudger and two Torx drivers (T6 and T8). Tools might set you back a total of $12, and it's everything you really would ever need to work on the Mid-2010 Mini.
It's about 30 minutes tops if you're really paranoid and have never done it before. I've done a few now for folks so I've got it down to about a 7-minute affair.
The Mac Mini server has a bracket for a 2nd 2.5" drive. You may be able to order the bracket for the desktop version, and retrofit it in. Don't know, but I assume so. If not, you should be able to just secure it to one side of the original optical drive bracket. You could in theory just get some long-ass screws.Thanks for the summary.
Just further questions. I plan to install 2 HD (SSD+HHD) with the HHD in the SD bay area.
1. Did you happen to get a request to do this in a clint 2010 Mini?
2. If #1 is yes or no, did you happen to look at what one would do to dismount the SD and insert an OBHC in its place? Number of screws how many ribbon cables etc?
Thanks for any help. I have never opened a Mac before.
Any 3rd party hardware won't be installed by Apple, period.Since Apple is not offering SSDs in BTO for the new Mac Mini, can you even get it covered by them to install an SSD under Applecare?
Also are there any better guides, I'm not exactly comfortable performing just from an iFixIt guide.
I guess in will just buy one from owc and have them do it
Where do you buy a spudger?
OWC SSD bundles include tools and bracket, example: 120GB hereThe Mac Mini server has a bracket for a 2nd 2.5" drive. You may be able to order the bracket for the desktop version, and retrofit it in.