Finally some pictures, right? So i Just wanted to take pictures of the things that were a little different. I didnt want to make like a photo log of every step i took. I realize after the fact, my glass desk kind of makes it hard to see what is going on in the pictures since you can see to the floor.
This is Something a little different. That connector is the one everyone breaks when doing this. That connects the IR sensor to the logic board. The trick is that its actually pressed down and not plugged in, if that makes sense. So most people try to pull it back out and it breaks. You have to have like a little hook tool to pry up evenly to get it out without breaking.
So i read many times that i wanted to mount the solid state where the original drive is and mount the old drive in the bottom bracket. So this is a picture of the very end actually. The airport radio piece has a lip on it and you have to pull it up so that the screws will mount correctly on the airport. I had to use a paperclip to pull up the middle of the mesh to get it to mount in the groove and i scratched the <del><del>****</del></del> out of the SSD.
This is a picture of the new drive and the old drive still in the mounting bracket.
I was actually really impressed by how small and light the SSD was. It felt like their was nothing in the case. I was almost worried i had bought an empty shell or something. lol
Here you can see some of the parts from the mini. Thats the new drive, old drive and the logic board all out of the shell
This is the guts of the mini. Thats what it looks like with everything out. Thats the little plastic frame that holds the upper drive up and the lower drive in place if you get the server mini. You can see theres a little bit of electronics on the end of the bracket, that pushes into the HD light and then the power supply pushes into that and its another mounting place for the power supply. One of the cool things i noticed was how pieces are mounting pieces for other pieces. Thats kind of different than what you would expect. Example, The HD mount plugs into the socket for the HD light in the frame, then the power supply plugs into the mount HD mount.
Those are actually all of the screws required to get all the way to the bottom. Thats the fan and the airport part that sit in the bottom of the mini. It took me longer to get the airport part back into the frame than it did to get the mini apart. I had to start searching to figure out what i had messed up and read about the paperclip trick. Apparently there is less than 1mm tolerance to the lip of the mini and the u shape in the mesh of the airport piece.
On another unrelated note. This is my friend Jim wearing the fastenal box of shame somewhere around 2am of finals the day the final was due. He kept trying to say that this power system problem we were working on was equal to another problem we were looking at. Turns out it was 2 different problems that differed by 1 word that made them totally different answers. It took us 3 hours to work the problem out and find the equations only to realize he was omitting that word to make it seem right. Sleep deprived and pretty much brain dead from the earlier final we took, we came up with the idea of the dunce box for making us spend hours doing it wrong. After we turned in the final at 10am he wore the box into the parking lot and took a nap in his car with it on. I had a picture of that, but he erased it off my phone a couple of days ago.