Is it even possible to upgrade the RAM? There are five different lines of Aluminum "Unibody" Mac mini models -- the "Mid", "Mid", "Late ", "Late " and "Late " -- all of which are quite different from one another in terms of memory.
Therefore, there is no need to go with Apple's offerings and pay high prices. You can probably put it back together and ignore it. Outils Acheter ces outils. Slightly squeeze the two retaining arms toward each other and lift the AirPort antenna off its post. For the avoidance of doubt.
Although the memory types are different, the upgrade procedure for the "Mid", "Mid" and "Late " Mac mini lines is easy and essentially the same and it is quite similar for the current "Late " models, as well. Unlike vintage polycarbonate Mac mini models, which require one to pry open the case and are not easy to upgrade , these Aluminum Mac mini models have a black plastic base on the bottom that can be removed with a quick turn to access the RAM slots.
In a pleasant surprise, Apple returned to upgradable memory for the current "Late " Mac mini models sadly the storage is onboard, though. Photo Credit: Apple, Inc. More details about specific identifiers are provided in EveryMac. If the Mac mini is running OS X For the pre-Late Mac mini models, the EMC number is visible upon removing the bottom "spin off" panel to the right of the memory slots when the ports are facing you.
It is on the bottom of the "Late " and "Late " models toward the ports. As always, EveryMac. Server C2D 2. Server i7 2. These models only run OS X Unfortunately, the "Late " Mac mini models have soldered RAM that cannot be upgraded after the initial system purchase.
The RAM in these models cannot be upgraded later. Much like the identification help , the details are most easily visualized as a chart:.
However, this is if and only if they are running OS X The RAM cannot be upgraded later. RAM Upgrade Instructions.
For polycarbonate Mac mini models, Apple does not provide instructions or recommend that users upgrade their own memory. In this upgrade guide , we look at the Intel-based Mac minis that have been available since the first Intel Macs were introduced in early If you have one of the earlier PowerMac-based minis, you'll probably want to purchase a newer model. Even so, this upgrade guide can be of help by revealing what the upgrade options are for each Intel model. Once again, depending on the specific model, some upgrades may be as easy as removing a few screws and popping in some RAM.
In other cases, a great deal of disassembly may be required, including using some tools not commonly found in most DIY toolkits. If you're concerned about your DIY skills, you may wish to have an Apple specialist perform the upgrade for you. Most dealers offer this type of service.
If you're a bit adventurous, you can perform these upgrades yourself, and save a bit of cash. Just be careful, and take it slow. If you do decide to tackle it yourself, I recommend performing both a RAM and a hard drive upgrade at the same time. You don't want to be taking your Mac mini apart on a regular basis, so doing everything at once is the best course of action. I recommend upgrading your Mac mini's memory to the largest configuration supported by your specific model.
Because the upgrades are a bit difficult to perform, you don't want to have to go back and upgrade the RAM again at some future date. Be sure to check the information for your specific Mac mini model, below, for the correct type of RAM to use. Like the RAM upgrade, the hard drive upgrade is best suited to individuals who have a bit of computer DIY experience under their belts.
Whether you're experienced or just adventurous, this is something you probably don't want to do more than once, so install the largest hard drive you can afford when you perform this upgrade.
The exceptions were the models with the Mac mini 1,1 identifier. The Core Duo processors use a bit architecture instead of the bit architecture seen in the Core 2 Duo models. Share Pin Email. Tom Nelson has written hundreds of articles, tutorials, and reviews for Other World Computing and About. He is the president of Coyote Moon, Inc.
Updated November 29, If you're having problems finding the needed tools I can suggest: Other World Computing collection of toolkits and accessories. The first thing you need is your Mac mini's model number. Here's how to find it: