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Feb 21, 2013, 09:21 PM
 
I wish to get a mini server, with one 256 ssd and one 1T regular HD. This is not available. I can get it with 2 regulars, one or two ssds, or a fusion drive. Does anyone know why my config is not offered? I will have to buy the one with the 2 regulars, take it apart, which seems to be quite a process, and exchange one of the drives for an ssd. Which voids my warranty. BTW I understand that the FD is one reg and one ssd 128 in both bays, I don't want a FD, just two independent drives, and 128 is way too small.
     
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Mar 2, 2013, 09:34 AM
 
The only thing I can figure is to milk more money from us. I wanted the same 1T/fusion configuration as well.
     
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Mar 2, 2013, 09:49 AM
 
The mini isn't that hard to get apart.

You could probably get a 256 GB SSD for half or a third of what Apple charges, pay an authorized service center to install it all for you, and *still* come out ahead.
     
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Mar 2, 2013, 05:50 PM
 
For those who don't do this sort of thing regularly, changing drives in the mini is a pain. Well, changing the primary drive is anyway. You need a special tool to remove the logic board as well, though I managed to fashion one from a larger gauge paper clip recently.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Mar 3, 2013, 06:20 AM
 
I wish I could buy a Mini with no Apple RAM installed. I can max it out at Crucial for $110 but to upgrade from 4GB to 16GB (12GB delta) costs $300 at Apple.com. That and I still want a Mini with dedicated GPU.
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Mar 3, 2013, 07:09 AM
 
Originally Posted by Waragainstsleep View Post
For those who don't do this sort of thing regularly, changing drives in the mini is a pain. Well, changing the primary drive is anyway. You need a special tool to remove the logic board as well, though I managed to fashion one from a larger gauge paper clip recently.
Two thin screw drivers or allen keys work just as well as Apples "special" tool. It's just to push the logic board back. As long as you can find something thin enough to fit through the holes and reach to the case to provide the leverage, you're fine.
     
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Mar 3, 2013, 11:13 AM
 
Originally Posted by Doc HM View Post
Two thin screw drivers or allen keys work just as well as Apples "special" tool. It's just to push the logic board back. As long as you can find something thin enough to fit through the holes and reach to the case to provide the leverage, you're fine.
Like I said, I fashioned the tool using a paper clip but I stand firm on my other opinion. If you don't do this sort of thing regularly like you and I do, its a daunting swap for a novice.

Am I right in thinking you need to match the disk brand on these because of the thermal sensors like in the recent iMacs too?
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Mar 4, 2013, 02:21 AM
 
Originally Posted by Waragainstsleep View Post
Like I said, I fashioned the tool using a paper clip but I stand firm on my other opinion. If you don't do this sort of thing regularly like you and I do, its a daunting swap for a novice.

Am I right in thinking you need to match the disk brand on these because of the thermal sensors like in the recent iMacs too?
True it's certainly a pain, but probably not actually harder than the older style mini, which needed the putty knife and a lot of disassembly.

AFAIK any laptop drive is fine in these.
     
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Mar 8, 2013, 09:33 PM
 
Will any old flat spudger do it?

I only really wanted to type "spudger".
     
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Mar 9, 2013, 11:25 AM
 
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Will any old flat spudger do it?

I only really wanted to type "spudger".
Do what?
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Mar 10, 2013, 11:14 AM
 
Spudge.
     
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Mar 10, 2013, 02:30 PM
 
Originally Posted by Waragainstsleep View Post
Do what?
Push back the logic board.

Everyone loves spudge!
     
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Mar 10, 2013, 05:01 PM
 
The Apple way to do it is to poke a wire handle tool through two holes on the board and then pull the board. I guess there are a couple of clips under the board that you have to release.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Mar 11, 2013, 04:59 PM
 
Too bad. I was hoping you could just pack it with spudge.
     
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Mar 11, 2013, 06:27 PM
 
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