how to remove the harddrive from a 2014 mac mini and install an ssd

how to remove the harddrive from a 2014 mac mini and install an ssd

At work we had a mac mini 2014 that needed an ssd harddrive upgrade. This post has a short video and some info on the process.

tools needed:

  • guitar plectrum (to remove the bottom of the mac)
  • torx tr6 security screwdriver
  • usb install media

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The first thing to do is to prep your install media – just go to the mac appstore and find the latest version of osx. click download. Once the download has finished, quit the installer.

I used the createinstallmedia command to create a bootable version of high sierra, using instructions from apple support

sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/MyVolume

once the installmedia has been created (this took about 30mins you can start the teardown process. I followed the instructions from ifixit which were very good (though it would have been easy enough to figure out without them, there are only a handfull of screws and most things click into place).

I recoreded the process on my phone, and made a short video if you want to see (its double speed, so only lasts 3 mins. it took about 15 mins to actually replace the drive)

Once the drive was in all that was required was a standard install

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