Mac Mini Upgrade

We are great fans of Apple OSX operating system, computer hardware and devices. Here in the Cleveley Dynamic office, we have a Mac Mini (Late 2014 Model, which was the previous refresh and is only a couple of years old…) and it’s now time to give it a new solid state drive (SSD) as ours only came with the slow mechanical drive.

Step 1: Clone the old drive onto the new SSD this took around 2 hours. Not joking about how slow that mechanical drive is!

Step 2: Everything needs to come out of the case! A Mac Mini is a very compact system and they are not joking about the mini part. Apple is renowned for it hardware design, and this is no different. The design of the internal fixtures and fittings is really nice and the machine is a pleasure to work on, even if it takes some time to figure out how everything fits together.

Here is the system with just the drive left in it. The power supply, cooling system and main logic board are all removed from the Aluminium case.

Once everything was out, we decided to renew the thermal compound on the CPU as well. Whilst it wont massively boost performance it will help to keep the CPU running faster for longer because the cooling system will be running at maximum efficiency, and the CPU can turbo boost for longer.

CPU cooler removed, and waiting for cleaning.

Close up of the CPU package on the motherboard.
Old drive removed….

Step 3: Time to reassemble the machine and give it a test!! Success and the machine is back up and running. You can really feel the difference between an old mechanical drive and a new ultra fast Solid State Drive. This is probably the single largest performance boost available to any computer running a mechanical drive. You definitely feel the difference…

Interested in getting more out of your equipment? Why not contact us and see what we can do for you?