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Upgraded the internal HDD of my Mac Mini today

I consider myself reasonably computer savvy, and I've done my fair share of PC upgrades over the years.

Today I tackled an upgrade for my Mac Mini, and upgraded the internal hard drive.

The first thing that messed me up were the specs. I'm not sure why, but I thought there was a standard 3.5" drive inside these things. There is NOT. It is a 2.5" sata drive, just like a notebook computer.

Once I corrected that error, I was ready to begin. I used this youtube video as reference, which was very helpful:

Overall the process wasn't too bad. I wouldn't let a novice do it however. PCs are usually easy to work on, and any ambitious individual who WANTS to learn can usually do so easily. Not so for the Mac Mini. If you don't know what you are doing, let somebody with skills do it. Again, not that hard, but very very different.

I used to think that Compaq computers were a pain in the butt to replace components, but the Mac Mini comes in a close second. My main hang up is the need for a putty knife to open the case. Maybe you other computer guys have a putty knife handy, but I don't, so I had to take a trip to Home Depot. I nicely asked where to find a putty knife, trying hard to give the impression that I have a clue what I am doing in a Home Depot....

Other than that, it went relatively smooth, and its up and running now. To sum up, it wasn't really difficult once I had the right tools, it was simply very different than working on a PC. I guess it was more like opening a notebook than a desktop.

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