Intel Mac: Installing RAM in a Mac Mini

Introduction

Installing RAM into an Intel Mac Mini is the same as the previous generation Mini with a few key differences: certain items such as the RAM slot is located in a different area. Opening the Mac Mini remains the same.

How-To

There are two methods to accomplish the opening of the Mac Mini: the Putty Tool Technique and the Network Cable Pull Technique. I personally prefer the Network Cable Pull Technique because many people have commented on how using a Putty Tool tends to leave scrape marks and gaps during disassembly.

Putty Tool Technique

In-depth directions on how to open the Mini using Putty Tools can be found at MacWorld.com.

Network Cable Pull Technique

In-depth directions on how to open the Mini using network cables can be found on MacMiniHacks.org.

Installing RAM

  1. After you are able to get the aluminum case off, you should see:
  2. There are five screws and three plugs that need to be removed to get access to the RAM. I’ve circled the screw locations.
  3. There will be two small plugs that also need to be removed. I didn’t get a picture of it, but I indicated the general location.
  4. As you lift off the SuperDrive/Harddrive part of the Mini, becareful to remove the Airport antenna cable located in the rear next to the RAM chips.
  5. The RAM should now be easily accessable. Pop each RAM stick out of the slot and replace.
  6. Put the machine back together.

This link will take you to more pictures of the Intel Mac Mini in various states of disassembly.

The key differences right off the back between the previous Mac Mini and the Intel Mini is the location of the RAM slot. The previous generation put the RAM slots next to the SuperDrive that was easily accessible upon removing the aluminum case. For whichever reason, Apple decided to place the RAM underneath the SuperDrive/Harddrive.