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Use this guide to trade your optical drive for a second hard drive or SSD.

  1. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive, Bottom Cover: paso 1, imagen 1 de 2 Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive, Bottom Cover: paso 1, imagen 2 de 2
    • Place your thumbs in the depressions cut into the bottom cover.

    • Rotate the bottom cover counter-clockwise until the white dot painted on the bottom cover is aligned with the ring inscribed on the outer case.

  2. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 2, imagen 1 de 1
    • Tilt the mini enough to allow the bottom cover to fall away from the outer case.

    • Remove the bottom cover and set it aside.

  3. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive, Fan: paso 3, imagen 1 de 1
    • Remove the two 11.3 mm T6 Torx screws securing the fan to the logic board near the antenna plate.

    There are actually 3 T6 screws securing the fan. The third screw is out of the screenshot, just below the RAM.

    inferno10 - Contestar

    Nope, that third screw is actually just a post that the rubber grommet attached to the fan body slips over. Step 4 shows how the fan comes off of it. When you go to remove the fan, you simply remove the two screws closest to the antenna plate and then lift the fan off this post. The screw you are talking about is removed in Step 14 and does not need to be removed until this point.

    Andrew Bookholt -

    Successful install completed, but I had some trouble getting the fan reinstalled. When I removed the fan from the "Step 14" post, the rubber piece stayed on the post. When attempting to reinstall the fan, it was impossible to get the loop to go back over that rubber piece. So, I had to remove the post (again), and with the help of the spudger and some patience, worked it through. Then installed the fan using the 2 screws and the post. I think it may have saved some time and trouble if I just removed all 3 in the first place, leaving the post in the fan.

    meag -

    On mine I needed to remove the 26 mm T6 Torx standoff during this step rather than step 12

    philipashlock - Contestar

    on my mid-2011 mac mini, that 3rd T6 post/screw had to be removed to get the fan out. It goes right through a hole in the fan housing. No way the grommet is slipping over anything without wreaking major havoc.

    Derek Shaw - Contestar

    On my mid-2010 mac mini, also removed the 26 mm T6 Torx standoff during this step instead of step 12. Having completed the steps, it appears my hard drive is from mid 2011, so maybe the production line for mine had changed.

    jstraath - Contestar

  4. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 4, imagen 1 de 1
    • Lift the ear of the fan nearest the RAM up off the standoff secured to the outer case.

    • If the fan doesn't separate from the standoff screw with a moderate amount of force, you can use a T6 Torx driver to simply remove this screw.

    Pulling on the ear didn't do anything, so I removed the whole screw at this step. The screw stayed fixed on the fan and I didn't have to remove it at the step where you remove the logic board screws.

    Probably I didn't want to use too much force .. but it worked

    Alexander Kogler - Contestar

    This is the approach I used. no way was the "ear" pulling over the head of the standoff without breaking something. The standoff simply unscrewed from whatever is under the logic board and stayed with the fan assembly. WAY safe

    Derek Shaw -

    Loosen the fan standoff from the motherboard using a T6 driver.

    bobcloninger - Contestar

    When I pulled the fan ear off the standoff the rubber grommet stayed on the standoff. That's fine, but it makes it difficult to put the fan ear back on during reassembly. So I just pulled the rubber grommet off the standoff and put it into the hole in the fan ear. Then I was able to push the fan ear onto the standoff with out trouble during reassembly.

    Dave Hein - Contestar

  5. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 5, imagen 1 de 1
    • Lift the fan out of the mini for enough clearance to access its connector.

    • Carefully pull the fan cables upward to lift the fan connector up out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Remove the fan.

    Be careful here, this is not a simple action. Pulling on the wires risks them coming out of the sockets of the connector that attaches to the pins on the board. I had to use an Xacto knife to push on the end of the connector to push it off the pins rather than pull.

    Brian - Contestar

    Actually, just sliding a spudger under the wires and edging upwards is the easiest way to disconnect this connector - and most others, too.

    Aleks Gekht -

  6. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive, Cowling: paso 6, imagen 1 de 1
    • Remove the single 3.5 mm T6 Torx screw securing the cowling to the heat sink.

    This is a screw into the head of another screw below it that holds the main board. When I took out the fan, the top screw AND the longer 26 mm screw came out together so when I was putting my mini back together I thought for a moment I had lost a screw.

    info - Contestar

  7. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 7, imagen 1 de 1
    • Lift the cowling from the end nearest the antenna plate.

    • Rotate the cowling away from the outer case and remove it from the mini.

    This is wrong step. If you need remove this out, it would be better to pull out logic board, and remember to remove cables attached on it before pull out.

    Lin Adison - Contestar

  8. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive, Antenna Plate: paso 8, imagen 1 de 1
    • Remove the following screws securing the antenna plate to the mini:

    • Two 6.6 mm T8 Torx screws

    • Two 5.0 mm T8 Torx or 2.0 mm Hex screws (either will work)

    The red circled screws are T9 in my Mac mini (not T8).

    Sven Harmstorf - Contestar

    ditto here - the 6.6 mm screws that anchor to the HD (now SSD) are T9

    Derek Shaw -

    I have tried several times but I have been unable to get all four holes to line up when replacing the antenna plate. I can get the two closer to the center of the mini just fine but no matter how I align the plate, one of the screws closer to the edge of the mini will be so far out of alignment that I cannot get the screw to go in. I had to leave one screw uninstalled. The plate is not distorted in any way. It is installed the same way it was before I removed, as far as I can tell. I am baffled! Has anyone been through this?

    GalvanicMacPro - Contestar

    Galvanic, it pops in.

    bkbkbk -

    I had a really hard time with this. I was able to resolve it though: secure the other three screws first. Then I pushed my precision screwdriver into the hole and levered the wayward tab into position: it wedged in with an audible snap sound! Then I was able to fasten the final screw.

    Aaron Vegh -

    I have trouble with this step every time I repair one of these minis. Aaron, your tip worked perfectly for me, thanks. -Anne

    DA IT Department -

    The antenna plate assembly is a tongue and groove type. The plate has a "groove" and the rim of the outer case is the "lip". You have to slide it in and align the parts ant it fits perfectly .

    jvilella -

    To solve this, just pick on the plate on the semi circle side and with the tool "open" just slighter the space where the semicircle have to fit

    Pedro -

    Had the same problem - the reason was the replacement drive I used - it is thinner than the original one. So I could not get the far side of the drive correctly into the holes for the notches mounted on the drive; that is - the drive was always a little bit too far to the center of the mac case. Everything works fine until you try to install all four screws.

    I found a simple solution: I attached some adhesive tape temporarily to the drive cover. By pulling on the tape while pushing the drive in its space the notches slipped into their holes. After this installing the antenna was no problem any more.

    Erwin Sommerauer -

    I had a similar problem with getting the antenna cover to fit back into place. I tried putting 3 screws back in and levering the 4th, but it did not work in my case. Finally, with three screws in place,, I carefully placed a thin pair of forceps into one of the holes in the cover and levered the entire cover upwards. That worked for me.

    Don - Contestar

    Pulling up on the cover worked for me too. I found that the best place to pull up on the cover is at about "true north" in the picture ... near the black dot used to indicate lid-is-closed. I did it before installing any screws and all four screws went in fine.

    Fred Cat -

    As others have noted, the hardest part of the whole process is getting the holes lined up in reassembly. I ended up stripping one of the short screws, but it fits well enough to engage the slots in the circular plastic cover. If you leave a short screw out, I don't know how the bottom cover would fit securely. I would carefully note how the antenna cover fits while you remove it. The longer screws go into the actual hard drive, so I think alignment of the hard drive is part of the problem.

    Steve Dollar - Contestar

    I had same problem..! U tried EVERTHING, and what worked PERFECT for me, and with very little effort is what "x10target" described here (scroll about half way down): Difficulty in re-installing Antenna Plate

    Mikey Marvel - Contestar

    To replace the antenna plate, you need to patiently align the sides of the antenna and slide it in. I had similar problems as described above but, instead of using force, I resorted to patience. The plate's fit is very snug, just a little bit off the straight line and it won't sit properly. And when it sits, it really sits tight, you don't even need to hold it in place while screwing the screws back in.

    Eric Schneider - Contestar

    In the “arch” of the plate is sort of a tongue & groove that fits over & under the lip of the body. I used Kelly Forceps to coax everything back together.

    tom - Contestar

    After replacing the HDD with an SSD, I found that one of the front locating screws didn’t fit back in (no corresponding screw hole on the new drive caddy). I also found it hard to fit the antenna plate back in the slot, but found that removing one of the rubber “feet” (where there was no longer a corresponding screw hole on the disk) helped a lot, as did gently folding back the edge of the antenna plate. Refitting this was definitely the hardest part of the process - excellent instructions!

    Tim Cutting - Contestar

    After completing the whole operation, impossible to screw the two T8 5mm (orange ones) screws back in place. The plate sit properly, but the screws just wobble, even with full force when trying. I can’t close the backplate. Anybody had the same issue?

    Pierre Prézelin - Contestar

    BEFORE putting any screws in, you have to get the antenna place to “snap” intot he Aluminum chassis first. Once that is snapped in, the screw holes all line up nicely.

    I installed an SSD, which is thinner than the original HDD, so the two recessed screws don’t reach it… Going to just leave them taped into their holes. I’m hoping that will not affect antenna function too much (It will remove some potential grounding to the HDD).

    Demis John - Contestar

  9. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 9, imagen 1 de 2 Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 9, imagen 2 de 2
    • Slightly lift the antenna plate from the end closest to the RAM.

    • Carefully pull the antenna plate straight away from the circular rim of the outer case.

    • Do not remove the antenna plate yet. It is still attached to the AirPort/ Bluetooth board.

    When I tried to do step 9 and disconnect these connectors, I found that not only the cable/connector but the receptacle tore off the logic board -- momentary panic! This happened to both connectors.

    Left on the logic board were two tiny fragile gold pins (per connector). Fortunately they were pretty straight, and upon re-assembly, I was able to gently slot the receptacles back into the tiny pins. Upon reassembly, everything's working fine (no crazy fan noise) so I guess I got lucky...maybe VERY lucky. :)

    Thanks iFixIt for a fantastic guide. I've got a replacement drive in there and it's definitely going to extend the life of my Mini for another season.

    David Das - Contestar

  10. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 10, imagen 1 de 1
    • Use the tip of a spudger to carefully pry the antenna connector up off the AirPort/Bluetooth board.

    I broke the connector on the bluetooth board when trying to remove the antenna when I tried to replace the hard drive. Currently, the exact replacement bluetooth board 607-6509A is very hard to find or otherwise, expensive. Instead, I was able to use a cheap replacement that can be found on eBay: Apple Macbook Unibody A1342 Airport Bluetooth Module 607-6771A. There is a black plastic sheath at the back of the 607-6771A. Just cut out the part that cover the 2 holes, you are good to go.

    millicurie77 - Contestar

    Good info, thanks

    maccentric -

    Hmmm just broke the port as well; it is tricky and sticky even after the port came off …

    Choat - Contestar

    Thanks for the info; my port just broke here as well :( It is sticky and port connector is so fragile!

    Choat - Contestar

    it’s so painful ! almost all the time is spend to try to put this ridiculous connector. my last mini mac is a server, and use ethernet not the wifi so i gave up after 1 hour .

    admin - Contestar

    It would be nice if there was a close up pic of the different connectors. Then, one would know how the connectors attach. In this case, this connector is kinda like an old “F” plug. Used Kelly Forceps to pull straight up. Came off and went back on. No sweat.

    tom - Contestar

    Tom, it was bear trying to put this “F” connector back on. There’s a torx screw right where the connector should lay down, and it appears to put it in a bind making it difficult to seat. I’ll try to post a picture of mine.,

    Kirk Carver -

    2nd time I did this step (due to breaking the HD heat sensor board the 1st time - see all the comments below!) I didn’t disconnect the airport antenna, since it was so difficult for me to re-plug back in (took ~5 minutes of trying); very hard to line up properly. Instead, I carefully flipped the cover over and to the side, pushing down on the connector to keep it from unplugging. (Since I already had put in a 7mm SSD the 1st time around, the antenna wire also wasn’t in the way when pulling it out.) I recommend trying this due to 3 comments above who broke theirs.

    amiller770 - Contestar

    I left it plugged in and flipped it over to tape it to the chassis.

    chris warren - Contestar

    Reconnecting the antenna connector to the Airport/Bluetooth board was the second most difficult step for me. It was not just the reverse step of using the spudger to disconnect the connector.

    Marc - Contestar

  11. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 11, imagen 1 de 1
    • Remove the antenna plate from the mini.

    When you replace the antenna plate, it can be tricky. The curved edge of it actually slots both over and under the edge of the case. If it doesn’t seem to fit properly, the edges of the cut perforations may be slightly squashed. Tweak them with a small screwdriver and it will suddenly seat properly.

    Ben G - Contestar

    This is as far as I needed to go. The only connection I needed to remove was the fan (I probably could have left that connected and just moved it out of my way). I was able to set the antenna to the side without disconnecting it. I was able to pull the hard drive out after step 11. I did not disconnect the temp sensor from the board. I removed the tape holding the sensor wire to the side of the hard drive and then removed the sensor from the hard drive and moved it out of my way. It has to be pulled off the hard drive anyway, so better to do it this way then messing with connection on logic board. When replacing the hard drive, reapply the sensor to the end of the hard drive with a very small amount of clear silicone and a piece of black electrical tape to hold it into place while the silicone sets up. Not having to disconnect all the wires from the logic board is the way to go. Stop at step 11 and go straight to step 17.

    Kevin Ginther - Contestar

    Excellent advice, Kevin…I did the same and HDD came out no problem…Thank you for the pointer.

    Jurgen -

    If you look at the edge of the antenna plate near the Mac mini body, you'll see a groove where the metal from the unibody fits. I found that if you turn the mini around so the antenna plate is closest to you and us the pointy end of a spudger to lift and place the antenna plate, you can get this groove to fit properly and the screws pop into place.

    rothgar - Contestar

  12. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive, Logic Board: paso 12, imagen 1 de 1
    • Remove the following three screws:

    • One 5.0 mm T8 Torx or 2.0 mm Hex screw (either will work)

    • One 16.2 mm T6 Torx screw

    • One 26 mm T6 Torx standoff

    In my case, the yellow circled standoff already came out with the previously removed fan.

    Sven Harmstorf - Contestar

    My standoff screw was really tight and my T6 stripped the screw. :( But, because it's effectively just used as a post to stabilise the fan, I ended up using some surgical clamps, grabbing the standoff where the rubber grommet sits, and gently twisted the screw loose. No major damage because that part of the screw isn't really used! Just be careful and gently twist (patience is KEY) to loosen.

    alc217 - Contestar

    The weak design of the long standoff screw (not enough material around the star-patterned socket head) has probably caused damage of the internal head during production of the Mac Mini!

    The standoff screw was in my case extremely tightened and the T6 Torx screw driver could not be used anymore (due to damage of the socket head after applying too much torque during the original assembly).

    I needed to use a High Leverage Combination Plier in vertical position to loosen the screw without damage to other parts. I tried to keep the rotation axis of the screw at the centre of the flat nose of the plier. Minor scratches to the screw can not be avoided in this way.

    Marc - Contestar

  13. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 13, imagen 1 de 2 Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 13, imagen 2 de 2
    • Carefully pull the wires for both hard drive thermal sensors upward to lift their connectors up and out of the sockets on the logic board.

    The thermal sensor is VERY delicate, hold the connector down with a spudger and lift the cable with some tweezers. Long list of people online who have accidentally removed the connector from the logic board because the solder is insufficient.

    anthonypshaw - Contestar

    I second the comment about using something, say a small screwdriver, to carefully put some pressure on the connector whilst then prying the cable up.

    Simon Martin - Contestar

    Excellent advice - thanks. I used a small set of tweezers to gently lift up enough cable to hold onto, and then to hold the sockets onto the logic board whilst I pulled! Success!

    Mike Haines - Contestar

    Note: the clips lift straight up, although after they are removed, it appears that tiny "prongs" are in the remaining socket. What look like tiny prongs are just horizontal wires. To replace, push the clips straight down. I used metal picks (like fine bent ice picks - available at Harbor Freight) to get under the edge of the plastic clip and lift up. I pulled gently on the wires with tweezers as I pried up the clips, but I would not count on pulling alone to get the job done.

    Steve Dollar - Contestar

    Don’t have these, solid state drives?

    chris warren - Contestar

  14. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 14, imagen 1 de 2 Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 14, imagen 2 de 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry both the hard drive and optical drive connectors up out of their sockets on the logic board.

    The removal of the SATA connectors for the hard drive and the optical drive should probably be separated into two steps. It's easy to miss the second one and pull a SATA connector off.

    Not confirming that I did it, but I am looking for someone to solder a SATA connector back on. ;)

    jrmn - Contestar

  15. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 15, imagen 1 de 1
    • To disconnect the optical drive thermal sensor, pinch its cables between your thumb and a spudger and pry the spudger upward to lift the connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

    These sensors are too fragile in some cases. In my case both the hard drive and optical sensor cables tore off despite all my best efforts. The plastic holding down the cables appears to be too fragile or brittle and simply tears as the cables are pulled away.

    nirv - Contestar

    Pulling the socket off the board seems to be a common problem. I am going to investigate making a tool to hold down the socket while prying up on the plug.

    For the time being I am using an app that controls the fan speed by sampling other sensors, such as the CPU heat sink.

    papa Hajek - Contestar

    There are two problems with these connectors. First off they're made of very thin plastic so break easily (something addressed in later Mac mini's). Second the socket melts to the connector making it impossible to lift it.

    If you do break it the metal tabs of the socket should we easily resoldered. Some practice beforehand, a fine tip solder iron, some leaded solder and your away.

    Brent - Contestar

    En mi caso perdi el sensor de la unidad optica y ahora el ventilador se mantiene acelerado y no se si para que vuelva a su velocidad normal habré de conseguir el sensor optico. (cuando hice las pruebas con el equipo abierto, mientras probaba otra unidad optica no me daba esa falla).

    Monserrat Bojorges Flores - Contestar

    Don’t see this connection, wires, only an empty connector.

    chris warren - Contestar

    When in doubt which of the two nearby sensors is the HD or the optical drive thermal sensor during assembly (!), look for instance at the guide to remove the hard drive. The two thermal sensors of the hard drive (see step 13 of this guide) are taped to the outside of the HD. The cable of the optical drive thermal sensor is below the HD (with the Mac mini upside down).

    Marc - Contestar

  16. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 16, imagen 1 de 1
    • Use the tip of a spudger to lift the IR sensor connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

    • To remove the logic board, two cylindrical rods must be inserted into the holes highlighted in red. Inserting instruments into any logic board holes other than the ones highlighted in red may destroy the logic board.

    • Insert a Mac mini Logic Board Removal Tool into the two holes highlighted in red. Be sure it makes contact with the outer case below the logic board before proceeding.

    • If you don't have a Logic Board Removal Tool handy, you can use two tools having a maximum diameter of 2.5 mm instead. Just insert one into each of the highlighted holes.

    • Carefully pull the tool toward the I/O board. The logic board and I/O board assembly should slightly slide out of the outer case.

    • Cease prying when the I/O board is visibly separated from the outer case. Remove the Mac mini Logic Board Removal tool.

    I had a couple of 3/32" drill bits in my tool chest. Worked perfectly (2.38 mm)

    Derek Shaw - Contestar

    two fischertechnik screw drivers work perfectly as well!

    Norbert Wagner - Contestar

  17. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 18, imagen 1 de 1
    • Simultaneously push the two plastic clips on the far left and right sides of the I/O board toward the middle of the I/O board and pull the I/O board away from the outer case.

    I’ve popped the logic board out a little bit, but it won’t move any further. I can’t see what the clips are or how to work them.

    Ben - Contestar

    Look at step 20 below - you see one of these connectors on the side of the IO board, just under the fingers.

    Aleks Gekht -

  18. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 19, imagen 1 de 1
    • Pull the I/O board/logic board assembly out of the outer case enough to access the power connector.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to disconnect the power cable from the logic board.

    • Pull the power cable connector toward the optical drive opening.

    Tweezers aren't strong enough. Use some small needle-nose pliers. Hold the I/O board and it pull away.

    Tyrone Steele - Contestar

    By the time you get to this step, the hard drive can be easily removed by simply sliding it out over the logic board. Then you can simply pull off the cable with your fingers. When re-assembling, again, attach the power cable connector first, with your fingers and slide the logic board all the way in. Then slide the hard drive in over the logic board.

    Aleks Gekht - Contestar

    I suggest to list this specific type of tweezers as shown in Step 19 at the beginning as useful/recommended tool to reconnect (!) the power cable. I could pry the power cable with the blunt side of a scalpel knife. But I sorely missed something like this tweezer when trying to reconnect the cable.

    Marc - Contestar

  19. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 20, imagen 1 de 1
    • Carefully slide the logic board assembly out of the mini, minding any cables that may get caught.

  20. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive, Power Supply: paso 21, imagen 1 de 1
    • Remove the 7.9 mm T6 Torx screw securing the power supply and optical drive to the outer case.

  21. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 22, imagen 1 de 2 Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 22, imagen 2 de 2
    • Pull the silver metal AC-In socket retainer away from the side of the outer case and remove it from the mini.

  22. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 23, imagen 1 de 2 Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 23, imagen 2 de 2
    • Rotate the AC-In connector 90 degrees counter-clockwise.

  23. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 24, imagen 1 de 1
    • Slide the power supply out of the mini, minding any cables that may get caught.

    I had to wiggle the power cable to help remove the power supply.

    Simon Martin - Contestar

    The plastic tab with the 7.9 mm T6 Torx screw which secures the power supply has an internal lip which may get caught on the part underneath. Lift the tab to slide out the power supply.

    Ben Patterson - Contestar

    When re-installing the power supply, double check the position of the plug before inserting back into the chassis. Keep in mind that you need to hold the plug in that earlier (90 deg counter clockwise) position as you slot it in, otherwise you'll have a heck of a time twisting the plug back properly.

    alc217 - Contestar

    I remove the harddrive first, then you have better access to the power supply. Its already loose at this point.

    Heiner Melling - Contestar

  24. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive, Optical Drive: paso 25, imagen 1 de 1
    • Remove the hard drive from the mini, minding any cables that may get caught.

    This step should really be done _before_ step 19 - this will give a lot more space to remove the power cable connector.

    Aleks Gekht - Contestar

  25. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 26, imagen 1 de 1
    • Remove the 7.9 mm T6 Torx screw securing the optical drive to the outer case.

  26. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 27, imagen 1 de 1
    • Slide the optical drive out of the outer case, minding any cables that may get caught.

  27. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive, Optical Drive: paso 28, imagen 1 de 1
    • Carefully de-route the IR sensor cables from the channel in the optical drive bracket.

    You can skip this step if you dont want to replace the IR sensor. If you want to remove the screw on the DVD you can twist the IR sensor cabels easily aside.

    Heiner Melling - Contestar

  28. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 29, imagen 1 de 2 Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 29, imagen 2 de 2
    • Remove the two 6.3 mm T6 Torx screws securing both sides of the optical drive bracket to the optical drive (four screws total).

  29. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 30, imagen 1 de 1
    • Remove the optical drive bracket from the optical drive, minding any cables that may get caught.

    Some optical drives have a tiny-bit different shape and as a result, the bracket won’t fit when reattaching. I ended up cutting a small piece off the plastic bracket with a knife to make it fit.

    Aleks Gekht - Contestar

  30. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 31, imagen 1 de 1
    • Carefully peel the optical drive ribbon cable off the body of the optical drive.

    Tip here, warm the adhesive tape with a hair drier to aid removal.

    Simon Martin - Contestar

    Measure where the cable/connector is from the edge and be sure to reattach it at this same location. Don’t make the mistake I did and put everything back together, only to find the connector doesn’t exactly line up with the socket on the logic board. There’s not that much ‘wiggle’ room and you’d be better off not forcing it. I had to take everything back apart and start over. :-(

    Joe Smith - Contestar

  31. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 32, imagen 1 de 1
    • Disconnect the optical drive cable by pulling its connector away from the body of the optical drive.

  32. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 33, imagen 1 de 1
    • Peel off the strip of black tape covering the optical drive thermal sensor.

    Tip here, warm the adhesive tape with a hair drier to aid removal.

    Simon Martin - Contestar

  33. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 34, imagen 1 de 1
    • Carefully pry the optical drive thermal sensor off the adhesive securing it to the optical drive.

    • It may be necessary to use a strip of tape or rubber cement to attach the thermal sensor to your new optical drive.

    • If you have a CD or any other object jammed in your optical drive, we have an optical drive repair guide.

    Be very careful - I accidentally broke this thermal sensor in half while pulling off the black tape and had to order a new one for $40 (I ordered Apple P/N 605-2470, which is a kit because I couldn't find just the sensor). iFixit does not carry this part. Expensive mistake. Without the sensor the computer sounds like an airplane (fan is on high).

    chrismiller08 - Contestar

    should one replace the thermal sensor onto the new hdd? I imagine it will naturally be warmer than the old optical drive, will the OS know how to handle this?

    Brad Bell - Contestar

    Tip here, again, warm the sensor with a hair drier to aid removal. Try to push the sensor off the adhesive rather than lift or pull.

    Simon Martin - Contestar

    second the hint about the hair dryer!

    alc217 - Contestar

    So here is the issue.

    1) The black tape, in my case anyway, came off easily without any effect to the small thermal sensor below it. Be careful removing the tape just in case.

    2) Absolutely use a hair dryer

    - Start warming the small circuit with some warm air from the dryer, then increase the temperature.

    - Using a spudger very gently try to move it to understand whether the glue has softened or not. After some time of heating up the area with only a hair dryer, the component will simply slide off as the glue begins to soften to an almost wet glue consistency.

    nirv - Contestar

    I sticked the optical drive thermal sensor to the optical bay hard drive enclosure and after I reassembled it the computer shuts off after a few minutes. If I disconnect the thermal sensor the fan starts at full speed and the computer also shuts down.

    Any help?

    yllades - Contestar

    Re: Step 12: [Remove one 16.2 mm T6 Torx screw] I would like to add that my Mid-2010 appears to have a different screw, as in one that takes a probe tool. It’s the only one like it on the logic board. This was not a refurb unit.

    jameslongpdx - Contestar

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    • Remove the plastic positioner from the optical bay hard drive enclosure by pressing in on one of the clips on either side and lifting it up and out of the enclosure.

    What’s the switch for on the inside of the caddy? What position should it be in? Mine came switched to the right (towards SATA connector that disk inserts into).

    Robert Lord - Contestar

  35. Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 36, imagen 1 de 3 Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 36, imagen 2 de 3 Installing Mac mini Mid 2010 Dual Drive: paso 36, imagen 3 de 3
    • Make sure that the hard drive connectors are facing down before placing it into the enclosure.

    • Gently place the hard drive into the enclosure's hard drive slot.

    • While firmly holding the enclosure in place with one hand, use your other hand to press the hard drive into the enclosure connectors.

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    • Once the hard drive is snug, reinsert the plastic positioner while holding the hard drive against the bottom of the enclosure.

    • Reconnect any cables you have removed from the original optical drive onto the optical bay enclosure.

    Why no mention of attaching the new hard drive to the Optical Drive Enclosure using the enclosed phillips screws?

    Once you have securely inserted the new hard drive into the Optical Drive Enclosure and replaced the plastic positioner you should attach the drive to the enclosure using two of the provided phillips screws. Two holes on the underside of the enclosure should align with two attachment holes on the underside of the drive.

    nickmalmquist - Contestar

    I suspect that the plastic positioner will secure the drive well enough (for this style of adapter). As I mentioned in earlier comment, this should mean you can replace / upgrade the SATA drive later without needing to remove the adapter, skipping many steps.

    Les Kitchen -

    Do you need a sata cable to connect the new drive to the board or does it connect via the optical drive cable that we disconnected earlier?

    Erik Sawaya - Contestar

    It does connect to the optical drive cable but if you don't use the optical bay enclosure you'll need a 13 pins to 22 pins sata adaptor (and some tape!)

    The sata cable for the optical drive has 6 + 7 pins while ssd and hhd have 15 + 7 pins

    Graziano Nora - Contestar

    Can someone please explain why you need to remove the black plastic faceplate  from the optical bay enclosure. It is designed to receive the standard SSD. What is gained from removing a part of it?

    Peter Bull - Contestar

    Thank you! This guy has made upgrading the mid 2010 iMac I inherited from my mom MUCH easier and saved me a lot of time, trial, and error.

    Rob Anthony Dire - Contestar

    My Penrynn Super Drive has PATA connector, and now is a fossil grade rarity :-(

    IMI Comp - Contestar


To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Brittany McCrigler

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I've run through this tutorial twice. First time I switched our the HDD for a 1tb, and the DVD drive for an SSD. The HDD works but the machine didn't find the SSD. I then swapped them - it now finds the SSD but not in the HDD which is now in what used to be the optical drive slot.

Do I need to buy a new cable for the optical drive? As it appears that's what it's not reading, or is there something I've missed?


Josh G - Contestar

You need to go to Disk Utility and format the SSD/Hard Drive.

- PS5iscool - -

Just completed this in under an hour, thanks in part to reading the whole guide once over before and reading all the comments about the various different steps, so thanks also to the commenters!

Amazingly, system booted first time and it sees the 2nd HDD (SSD actually), now to try setting up a Fusion drive :-)

Simon Martin - Contestar

I did it! With lots of help from my friends who work at an apple repair store... perhaps that is cheating?

I too am having trouble now with the disk utility recognizing the newly installed hard drive. Did I miss something? I followed the instructions perfectly. And my repair friends helped me with the "why won't this fit back together you tiny unibody you!"

Any suggestions for how to get the disk utility to recognize my drive I just worked so hard to put in there would be greatly appreciated!

kmvbconover - Contestar

achtet auf die Bauhöhe der Festplatte! Man bekommt zwar eine 12,1 mm hohe Platte rein, aber es wird alles mehr als eng

dirkmutik - Contestar

To someone who can't find the second harddrive, just reset NVRAM(Command-Option-P-R when boot). It works for me.

Wayne Tang - Contestar

"what do we do about all the sensors we removed?"

where do we have to connect the thermal sensor we removed from the optical drive? Maybe on the new hard disk? But temperatures shall be different!

Fabrizio Pelamatti - Contestar

All back together and working fine - except the tricky 4th screw on the antenna! Gave up and left it out!

Thanks for the info and pics!

Mike Haines - Contestar

FINALLY! All back together…. Lost a screw first time ‘round. Couldn’t find it anywhere. Then as I turned over the case when I had it 95% back together, I heard a rattle. OKaaaayy. Took it all apart again, found the culprit, got it together again — without the shake, rattle, and roll when I turned it over. It now has a 128Gb SSD and a 2TB hdd that will become a true Fusion drive in a few hours. Oh yeah, I installed 16Gb of RAM in it as well.

Great guide!

VikingShips - Contestar

Followed the guide Step by Step, and had trouble with the antenna holes, as others did. I was replacing a 500gb HDD with an 500gb SSD and moving the existing HDD to the DVD bay. I used an Ifixit guide on the hard drive replacement step, to get the great comments on each step. I did use the 3/32 drill bits to pull the logic board out and I did hold down the little plastic retainers holding the heat sink connects to the MB. Thank you for putting this guide together. I am primarily a windows guy, but with these guides I can do Macs with lots of patience and careful reading of the commends. Great, great guide and pictures, I especially liked the the screw size on each step, that was helpful aso.

Chap Gleason

Laptops for Missionaries

Chapman Gleason - Contestar

Hi you all,

This is the second time I’ve got the same problem. I mount the kit following step-by-step your guide, and all seems function too well when I boot the mac!… but ONLY TH 1ST TIME! The second time I boot again and second standard disk 250GB 5400 RPM, placed in CD-ROM caddy, won’t appear.I tried with CMD+ALT+P+R to reset the NVRAM, but never… did you have same trick in an your secret pocket? Where you placed your boot SSD? Mine is placed in the standard disk space (under the WI-FI Antenna) and the second standard disk in CDROM caddy replacement.

Tanks a lot


P.s. maybe sensors?

Marco Cappelli - Contestar

Be warned. This is definitely not a job for beginners, and if you have the 2010 server, the drive caddy looks rather different. Be very careful to remember how to fit the drives and which screw goes where. This took me two hours and an awful lot of bad language. I think it’s a good guide to a mind-manglingly complicated computer.

Don - Contestar

If you are not absent minded, focused on what you are doing, ignore all complaining and mischievous comments. Be patient, careful (especially the delicate conectors) take your time and just follow ifixit instructions, they are good. I achieved replecement second ssd drive without any problems.

Piotr Grzechotnik - Contestar

I have recently changed the old hard drive to Samsung SSD 860 EVO 500GB and enabled TRIM, yet after I ran blackmagic disk speed test I only get 214 write and 265 read. I installed 8gb of ram when I changed to hard drive to SSD.

nazmuloftoronto - Contestar

Thats about right as the 2010 system only has a SATA II (3.0 Gb/s) interface.

Dan -

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