Mac mini Server teardown

Summary:Where does Apple hide the second hard drive in the Snow Leopard Server SKU of the new Mac mini? It takes a special teardown to find out.

Where does Apple hide the second hard drive in the Snow Leopard Server SKU of the new Mac mini? It takes a special teardown to find out.

Macminicolo is a Las Vegas colocation center that uses, duh, Mac minis. The company did its own tear-down of the Mac OS X Server version that comes with a second hard drive built in.

From there, it takes the removal of just one cover to get to the first hard drive. The second hard drive is quite a bit more buried. [Two photos later ...] But you can pull the logic board out and get to it.

Do you think? I hate working in these small spaces with the small screws. And this one sounds even worse than usual.

Three notes from the tear down: 1) The screws are tiny. In other words, most people won't be able to do this with what they have in the garage. 2) The CPU was really in there tight. I tried to pry it off with no luck. 3) This Mac mini is really, really well built. It feels like less of a brick (like the last one) and more of a laptop without a screen.

Check out the iFixit tear down.

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Servers

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David Morgenstern has covered the Mac market and other technology segments for 20 years. In the recent past, he founded Ziff-Davis' Storage Supersite, served as news editor for Ziff Davis Internet and held several executive editorial positions at eWEEK. In the 1990s, David was editor of Ziff Davis' award-winning MacWEEK news publication a... Full Bio

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