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Mac mini Model A1176

Mac mini Model A1176 Hard Drive Replacement

Mac mini Model A1176 Hard Drive Replacement

30 minutos - 2 horas


Mi Problema

During the summer of 2009, I had about enough of having to clean install my Windows XP PC every year to a year and a half. So I did it. I switched. I went and bought a used Mac Mini. The one that came out mid-2007, model #A1176. The factory specs for this machine were: 1GB of RAM, 80GB 5400 RPM hard drive and a 1.83 GHz. The guy I bought it from had already upgraded the RAM to 4GB and the hard drive 160GB 7200 RPM. So I've been using my Mac Mini flawlessy for over two years. No problems what so ever. I even upgraded to Snow Leopard and enjoyed the "under the hood" improvements.

Then I started running out of space. I eventually bought an external hard drive to store multimedia files, but my free space problem was worse. I no longer had any space on my main hard drive. Not even enough to install Apple's security updates. So I really thought about getting a new Mac. But I wasn't ready financially the get the Mac I _really_ wanted. That's when I decided to upgrape my hard drive. I thought that when I was ready to buy my new Mac, I would turn the Mac Mini into a home theater PC. So my investment in a 500GB hard drive would be helpful now, as well as in the future.

Mi Solucion

The repair went absolutely great! Before actually opening up the Mini and going to work, I made sure to read the guide a couple of time to really grasp every little steps I had to perform. I also watched the video 2-3 times.

When time came to do the work, it was as if I had already perform this repair before. It was so easy! The guide is really really well made.

For my data, I bought the universal drive adapter from iFixit, so I was able to clone my old drive onto the new before installing it. That process was executed seemlesly.

Mi Consejo

My only advice would be to follow the tools recommendation carefully. For this fix, the Phillps #00 screwdriver was recommended. I used the universal screwdriver with the Philips #00 bit, but the dedicated Philips #00 was recommended. The reason was that two screws from the Mini were located in tough to reach places and the bit is not long nor thin enough to reach there. Luckyly for me, the guy who did the previous upgrades seemed to have ran into the same obstacles and the 2 hard to reach screws were simply not there. So I was able to perform the repair with my universal screwdriver, no problems.

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