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Mac Mini Hard Drive Replacement : Video

April 20, 2015 Jon 41 Comments

Mac Mini Hard Drive Replacement

This video shows the process of how to replace the hard drive in a Mac Mini (mid 2011 – 5,1). This video also applies to the following Mac Mini’s: • Mid 2010 (Macmini 4,1) Server version;…

DIY How to: a successful data recovery from clicking hard drive. Recover your files Yourself

In this video I explain how to recover data from a clicking hard drive. There are several types of clicks of death. This click is recoverable.
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  1. Al Griffy
    April 20, 2015 - 12:40 am

    i LOVE turtles!

    and this is an Excellent vid!

    Thank you!

  2. Fernando Monfort i Basurto
    April 20, 2015 - 1:26 am


  3. KeoFleX LLC
    April 20, 2015 - 1:58 am

    Covering the camera with your hand is not the best approach to this type of

  4. miex theone
    April 20, 2015 - 2:06 am

    thank you. just upgraded my late 2012 mac mini.

  5. Malcolm R
    April 20, 2015 - 2:50 am

    Thanks, was worried that fan had a hear sync on it. Note: there is a WD 2tb
    2.5″ hdd which will not fit inside this. And for someone who asked earlier,
    to transfer the data, a simple way is to run time machine backup on the old
    HDD to a portable usb drive, and then restore from the portable usb drive.

  6. Blayne Greiner
    April 20, 2015 - 3:49 am


  7. Brett Montgomery
    April 20, 2015 - 4:12 am


  8. Chris Lee
    April 20, 2015 - 4:17 am

    Great video if you like watching some guy’s hands. Not as great for
    learning how to replace the HDD in a Mac Mini.

  9. djbillyb1000
    April 20, 2015 - 4:47 am

    This way looks a lot easier than removing the whole logic board

  10. PrEssX4c00kIEs
    April 20, 2015 - 5:16 am

    Does this work with the 2012 model

  11. Yutana Lee
    April 20, 2015 - 5:44 am


  12. s3lvr
    April 20, 2015 - 5:49 am

    wow so much work to get to the hard drive. If I take apart my htpc which is
    small as this, it is as easy as adding hdd or ssd in desktop pc. I just get
    the cover off and there is the drive.

  13. Jason Werner
    April 20, 2015 - 6:02 am

    Worst music choice EVER!

  14. DragonKingGaav
    April 20, 2015 - 6:26 am

    Sure does. I just replaced the default hard drive with an SSD using this
    video and it’s working great. The only problem was getting the new SSD
    drive into the top slot. I actually had to slide the logic board out so
    that I could have more room to put the SSD drive in.

  15. Alec Joy
    April 20, 2015 - 7:08 am

    the drives in a mini are all 2.5 inch drives

  16. Joseph Taylor
    April 20, 2015 - 7:25 am

    @zkjgrty Glad you enjoyed the video! What you could do if you want to save
    your files, is to copy them to an external hdd, or you could put them on
    Dropbox or something. Then with the blank hdd in your Mac, when you turn it
    on, hold down cmd-r to boot the Internet Recovery menu. Another way would
    be to clone your old hard drive. This can be done by putting your new blank
    hdd in an external hdd enclosure, then cloning your main hdd with software
    like Carbon Copy Cloner. Hope it helps.

  17. Joseph Taylor
    April 20, 2015 - 8:14 am

    Why not?

  18. Joseph Taylor
    April 20, 2015 - 8:20 am

    @djbillyb1000 Thanks, glad you liked it, there’s more to come! 🙂

  19. Jesus V
    April 20, 2015 - 8:42 am

    bad music but thanks for the great video!

  20. zkjgrty
    April 20, 2015 - 8:56 am

    Nice Vid, but how do I install Lion onto the new HDD and recover my stuff ?

  21. Yasser Afifi
    April 20, 2015 - 9:45 am

    good video! thanks mate, is this ur own corsair ram?

  22. Draw Artify
    April 20, 2015 - 10:42 am

    I going to do a Mid 2011 MacMini HDD replacement on my own too. Your video
    really helps. Thanks.

  23. Mooseydog
    April 20, 2015 - 11:12 am

    Great vid my friend, much appreciated! I didn’t realize it was so ez. Thank
    you !

  24. Joseph Taylor
    April 20, 2015 - 11:41 am

    Carbon Copy Cloner doesn’t require Lion to work.

  25. Joseph Taylor
    April 20, 2015 - 12:35 pm

    @thelolingoutlouder Because this is a hard drive replacement. This would
    apply if you wanted to put a solid state drive in the Mac Mini. You can’t
    boot from an external drive.

  26. Jared Palmer
    April 20, 2015 - 1:32 pm

    This video is a complete spoof. 99% of clicking drives require read/write
    head replacement. The reason it was clicking in the first place is because
    he had put the wrong PCB board on it. Then when he put the original back
    on it, SURPRISE! it works.

    Don’t be fooled by this junk people, PCB replacement is not a magic fix all
    solution and almost never fixes clicking drives. Plus modern SATA hard
    drives always will require ROM or NV-RAM transfer to make the PCB

  27. Sidney Boudro
    April 20, 2015 - 3:06 pm

    Do you use a soldering iron to replace those chips? Or do you have a better
    device? I was a radio repair man and am glad to be retired.

  28. Tab Valentino
    April 20, 2015 - 3:46 pm

    Abraham, great video brother.

  29. MrsPinkbannanas
    April 20, 2015 - 4:03 pm

    that clicking tho gets the beat going

  30. MAKAB36
    April 20, 2015 - 4:16 pm

    Can you please try to slow things down a bit, It’s hard to keep up with
    your cracking pace

  31. Gamer_time
    April 20, 2015 - 5:00 pm

    I have a computer with memory of 8 terabytes and a RAM with 12 Gigabytes.

  32. PolizeiPaul
    April 20, 2015 - 5:11 pm

    Why are they still making hard drives this way? They could easily just make
    it all run on chips and have no moving parts that would wear out..Like the
    way those USB stick drives work..But no they keep using old outdated tech
    for the most vital thing in a PC..Go figure.

  33. rinthara90210
    April 20, 2015 - 5:17 pm

    Nice video on hard recovery

  34. Eke Agbeze
    April 20, 2015 - 5:52 pm

    I just want to say thank you for this post. This worked for me on a very
    old hard drive which wouldn’t power up. Thankfully replacing the PCB from
    an identical working HDD worked on the first attempt and saved me a lot of
    time and expense (sending it off to a data recovery company)
    Keep up the good work.

  35. Insane Buritos
    April 20, 2015 - 6:02 pm

    Wtf is on your arm????

  36. Luis Lopez
    April 20, 2015 - 6:11 pm

    I was sitting here looking at the 4 old hard drives that went bad and I
    looked at this video and I noticed one thing:

    All of them are Western Digital, the s**ttiest drive manufacturer in the

  37. playmatee1
    April 20, 2015 - 6:16 pm

    is it that allmost all disks are hot swapable ? i thought u need turn off
    pc for connecting hd ?

  38. tzok83
    April 20, 2015 - 7:11 pm

    The ‘hynix’ branded chip is actually a hard drive buffer chip (RAM chip),
    and not an I/O controller.

  39. Christophe lemaréchal
    April 20, 2015 - 8:00 pm

    Je n’achete jamais trois ou quatre dsiques identiques à la fois!!! Et, je
    ne pense pas être le seul… De plus, votre technique, pour ce qui est des
    cartes pcb, n’empêchera JAMAIS un disque dur de ne plus CLAQUER; il y a une
    très grosse différence entre une panne éléctrique, et une panne mécanique.

  40. Freestyle Mc
    April 20, 2015 - 8:40 pm

    I am not sure if this is that good cause you had to try 3 different boards
    and most people wont have 3 different boards to try quite interesting

  41. TheHackerX5G7
    April 20, 2015 - 9:39 pm

    wow that is really old, haha havent seen ide for a while

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