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Use this guide to replace the SSD stick in an SSD only, or Fusion Drive model of the Mac mini Late 2014.

  1. The bottom cover is clipped onto three screw posts.
    • The bottom cover is clipped onto three screw posts.

    • Pry near, but not right on the screw posts.

    Read Me First: I purchased an SSD drive directly from Crucial and, of course, it came uninitialized. After going thru the entire tear down, installing the new drive, and rebuilding the mini, it refused to recognize the new drive. So, of course, I had to re-tear it down, remove the new drive, insert it into an external housing and format it using my Macbook. After that the mini recognized the new drive. A word to the wise: format the new drive before installing it.

    tom - Ответить

    How were you installing the OS? I am planning on booting into a USB drive with a copy of OS High Sierra on it, and I assume I will be able to format my new Samsung SSD using that?

    Simon - Ответить

    On my Samsung EVO 850, mac mini download system automaticly

    Stefan Repac - Ответить

    Pre-formatting is not necessary if you make a USB boot installation drive with macOS installer. During boot up, hold down the option key until the mac boot into the USB, formatting can then be done using disk utility running off the USB drive.

    SBR249 - Ответить

    I had the exact same experience as tom. I installed a brand new 2TB Samsung 850 EVO and it was not recognized by the Mac Mini. I booted from a portable USB drive with a bootable copy of macOS High Sierra but the 850 EVO SSD I had just installed was not shown as an option. I tore down the Mac Mini again, formatted the 850 EVO, rebuilt the Mac Mini, and booted off the same bootable High Sierra USB drive, and sure enough the 850 EVO was recognized.

    maxim - Ответить

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    Paul Rodgers - Ответить

    My drive (Evo 860) was also not initialized. I started in recovery mode and went to disc utility and from there selected the drive. I then was able to use the “erase” function on the drive. I just left the settings as default and as soon as it erased then the drive was ready to go.

    Nathan Cooper - Ответить

  2. Use the plastic opening tool to pry the bottom cover up off of the Mac mini. Use the plastic opening tool to pry the bottom cover up off of the Mac mini. Use the plastic opening tool to pry the bottom cover up off of the Mac mini.
    • Use the plastic opening tool to pry the bottom cover up off of the Mac mini.

    I used some wooden toothpicks instead of the opening tool. This worked flawless for me.

    mhomscheidt - Ответить

  3. Lift and remove the bottom cover. Lift and remove the bottom cover.
    • Lift and remove the bottom cover.

    I taped the "Mac Mini Logic Board Removal Tool" to the flat part of the antenna plate before sealing everything up again. I mean, where else am I supposed to store it without forgetting where it is? I'm pretty sure it won't cause any problems there.

    Richard - Ответить

    That’s a brilliant idea, @mrredwood!

    Dan Moore -

    I would suggest you wash the underside of the plastic as mine after 3 years was covered in dust.

    John Errington - Ответить

  4. Remove the following TR6 screws from the antenna plate:
    • Remove the following TR6 screws from the antenna plate:

    • Three 4.1 mm screws

    • Three 1.9 mm screws

    Had a T7 security screw driver [and didn't want to wait to have the T6 version shipped to me], so I gave it a whirl. I lined up the driver with the screw socket, pressed down a bit to make sure the driver would get enough grip, and slowly [but forcefully] rotated the driver and got these screws out. BE CAUTIOUS not to strip the screws. May not work for everyone.

    KevCoStudios - Ответить

    As TR6 screwdrivers were sold out all over Germany and I wanted to exchange the HDD THIS friday, I took a VERY fine dental milling tip (0,8 mm head diameter) for my proxxon and milled away the little dots in the center of the the TR6 screws. After that I could open the case with a regular T6 screwdriver. All went fine, MM is closed again + working like a charm with it's new SSD. NOTE: For this task I used my loupe glasses (3x) ;)

    Martin Gerner - Ответить

    On the whole screw thing. I just used a tiny dremel drill bit and drilled out the security pin. I hate those screws. I don't see the point in locking the them with those. they should have left the screws alone.

    That Mac Guy - Ответить

    That worked for me, thanks for the trick!

    Arroba -

    great trick!

    James Almeida -

    I used the T7 very carefully. No problems.

    randywardak - Ответить

    I just had success using standard pliers to remove the longer screw posts, and then I used standard needle nose pliers to press down and grip the tiny screws. Please note that this method may/will cause scrapping of the aluminium cover.

    Barrythetech - Ответить

    Northern Tools sells a set of 13 Torx Security Keys for $28.99 that has the TR6 size.

    Gary Craig - Ответить

    On my 2nd drive replacement (swapping out to an SSD this time). Could not find my logic board removal tool. So I made another one from a metal coat hanger. So, here’s my tip, when you put it all back together: the logic board removal tool fits around that small black circle antenna perfectly and you can replace the large black cover over the top snuggly. No rattles or anything.. So, next time: I’m guaranteed to find my logic board removal tool.

    Andy Milne - Ответить

    The three longer screws could be removed with pliers.

    The three shorter once I drilled out with a sharp 3 mm drill.

    First put tape across the ventilation opening and carefully vacuum cleaned before taking of the antenna plate, though.

    Don’t you hate it when the manufacturer does things like this, though??

    ernstcline - Ответить

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  6. Do not completely remove the antenna plate; it is still connected to the Mac mini by an antenna cable. With the I/O ports facing you, flip the antenna plate to the right to allow access to the antenna cable connector.
    • Do not completely remove the antenna plate; it is still connected to the Mac mini by an antenna cable.

    • With the I/O ports facing you, flip the antenna plate to the right to allow access to the antenna cable connector.

  7. Remove the single 3.4 mm T6 screw and washer from the antenna cable.
    • Remove the single 3.4 mm T6 screw and washer from the antenna cable.

    • Be careful not to lose the washer when removing the screw.

    This is a pain in the arse to get back on. Lock the screw down first when reassembling.

    Jim Allen - Ответить

    No need toremove this. The cable squeezes out of the gap under the case with enough length for the antenna plate to be out of the way.

    cheongi - Ответить

  8. Use the point of a spudger to lift the antenna connector straight up off its socket on the airport card. Use the point of a spudger to lift the antenna connector straight up off its socket on the airport card.
    • Use the point of a spudger to lift the antenna connector straight up off its socket on the airport card.

    Is this really necessary? The antenna is no where near the SSD drive....

    mike - Ответить

    This was the most tricky part for me when remounting the Mac Mini. With my bad eyes, I’ve spent 10 minutes inserting this tiny round antenna plug in the hole. I’ve decided to put the screw back without tighten it too strongly and then it was easier.

    afajner - Ответить

    I have been having wifi issues ever since I changed the drive. I don’t know if this connector is the cause or not.

    Simon - Ответить

    I have been having wifi issues ever since I did this upgrade. Don’t know if it’s this connector or not.

    Simon - Ответить

    Afajner great rip. Worked great. Thx

    Milton - Ответить

    Afajner, your tip worked great. Thanks.

    Milton - Ответить

    This is a very fiddly connector. Afajner’s tip is recommended. Make sure the connector is in securely. It will not wiggle or make a ticking sound when pressed when it is seated correctly.

    maxim - Ответить

    I had trouble at this point too. My experience: Loosen the screw a bit and than center the antenna plug over the pin. In my case I heard a click when I plugged it in correctly. Don’t forget to tighten the screw afterwards.

    Matthias - Ответить

    Is this really necessary? The antenna is no where near the SSD drive....

    mike - 06/25/2017

    UP! is it?

    sandro.vezzali - Ответить

    Not strictly necessary for SSD access, no—just allows you to detach the antenna plate and get it safely out of the way. You can leave it in place if you prefer, but be careful to support the antenna plate and make sure the cable doesn’t get strained or yanked accidentally.

    Jeff Suovanen -

    Wenn nur die M.2 gewechselt werden soll, empfehle ich, den Antennenstecker nicht abzuschrauben und den Deckel einfach vorsichtig beiseite zu legen. Es ist dann allemal genug Platz zum Wechsel der M.2.

    Das Ausstecken dieses Steckers ist hier wirklich nicht einfach, da die Anschlüsse winzig und mit bloßem Auge kaum zu erkennen sind. Hat bei mir gut 20 Minuten gedauert, bis ich das Teil wieder drauf hatte. Eine Lupe kann hier wirklich helfen. Auch das vorherige Fixieren mit der Schraube macht es ggfs. etwas einfacher. Der restliche Ausbau/Umbau/Zusamenbau war nach einer knappen halben Stunde erledigt und ist für jeden mit etwas Geduld machbar.

    Des weiteren aufpassen mit der winzigen Schraube, die beim Zusammenbau leicht verkanten kann und dann sehr schnell abreißt.

    Hermann Röttger - Ответить

  9. Carefully pull the antenna cable out from the gap between the power supply and case. Carefully pull the antenna cable out from the gap between the power supply and case.
    • Carefully pull the antenna cable out from the gap between the power supply and case.

    Use tab that the screw goes through to align the connecter more easily.

    Rob Speight - Ответить

  10. Remove the antenna plate from the Mac mini.
    • Remove the antenna plate from the Mac mini.

  11. Remove the 5 mm T5 screw securing the SSD.
    • Remove the 5 mm T5 screw securing the SSD.

  12. Lift the free end of the SSD up slightly and pull it out of its socket. Lift the free end of the SSD up slightly and pull it out of its socket. Lift the free end of the SSD up slightly and pull it out of its socket.
    • Lift the free end of the SSD up slightly and pull it out of its socket.

  13. Carefully lift the SSD out of the case without scratching or touching the gold contacts. Carefully lift the SSD out of the case without scratching or touching the gold contacts. Carefully lift the SSD out of the case without scratching or touching the gold contacts.
    • Carefully lift the SSD out of the case without scratching or touching the gold contacts.

    What PCIe SSDs are compatible? I was hoping OWC's site would say, but it looks like OWC is pushing the 2.5" style hard drive for the 2014 Mac mini. The guide for replacing a 2.5" drive looks like you dismantle the entire computer to get there and I'm not really up for that right now. This slot looks like a reasonable alternative.

    jeff - Ответить

    I was thinking the same, Jeff. It looks like OWC is planning to release drives for these MacMinis soon.

    Mike G - Ответить

Заключение

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

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If I have a Mac Mini without SSD, only with normal Hard Drive (NO Fusion). Can I install a new one SSD like on this tutorial?. Thanks!

Juan Miguel Ramirez - Ответить

Please see my comment later in the thread.

Thomas Hall -

I have the same question as Juan

Cronan McNamara - Ответить

yes But You Need To Buy Parts Used Ifixet Or Ebay

william petreman - Ответить

I can source the custom PCIe cables. Please reply if interested.

Thomas Hall - Ответить

I am interested in this cable if you can source it. Also is there a particular SSD that is compatible with it? Will the ones from the 2013 Macbook Air work?

Geoff Clarke -

Hello. Do you know if a NVMe PCIe drive might be used instead of the AHCI version? Thanks in advance!

Guille -

I am interested in this cable also. Would this be an M.2 or NVMe interface ssd that would be able to be installed?

thanks

Michael Oliver

Michael Oliver - Ответить

Anyone looking for the M.2 SSD cable, you can find it here https://beetstech.com/product/ssd-cable-...

help - Ответить

I also like to know whether I can use this procedure to put a SSD in the Mac mini 2014 without SSD/Fusion.

TonVH - Ответить

We have a corporate Mac Mini that we’d like to repurpose. Unfortunately, the user who left the company turned on FileVault so we can’t refresh the system. I looked online but couldn’t find a definitive answer other than just having private data protected. I was wondering if replacing the SSD would allow me to configure a fresh Mac instance, or does FileVault lock the system down entirely. The specs are decent and would had to have it bricked because of FileVault.

Justin Rodino - Ответить

Hi Justin,

According to this comment, you should be able to wipe the drive and re-inststall MacOS without having to buy a new drive.

Arthur Shi -

From the pics, it looks like steps 6-9 might be skippable in this case. You would want to be careful however of how much pressure you put on the antenna cable and plate.

DStaal - Ответить

Is it possible to remove the blade SSD and install a regular 2.5 inch SSD?

edwardcraft - Ответить

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