IT-Solve Logo with Text white

2013 Slow Mac Mini Repair – SSD Upgrade


Slow 2013 Mac Mini Repair with a failing Hard Drive, causing the system to be unbearably laggy and unresponsive. Luckily the hard drive had not wholly failed yet and gave us enough time to pull all software and data from it before its collapse.
2013 Mac Mini Repair - Slow System upgrade to SSD

This article is not educational material. It is instead a showcase of the services we offer.

Therefore, it should be used as general guidance on what to expect from such repairs.

In case you have a similar device and need repair, always rely on professionals. These are sensitive electronic devices, and small mistakes may cause irreversible electronic damage, requiring whole part replacement for 2 or 3 times the cost of the Repair.

Do not Risk Damaging your Device – Book this Repair with us Today!

This week we got a 2013 Slow Mac Mini Repair in our Adelaide workshop. This is the last generation Mac Mini with an upgradable RAM and HDD. These Mac Minis run on a regular mechanical hard drive, which tends to deteriorate over time and requires a replacement.

2013 Mac Mini Repair - Slow System upgrade to SSD
2013 Mac Mini Repair – Deteriorating Hard Drive Health, causing slow system

Luckily, this is a repairable Mac Mini, and the customer is not bound to purchase a new one every time it fails.

2013 Slow Mac Mini Repair Process

2013 Mac Mini Repair - Slow System upgrade to SSD
Disassembling 2013 Mac Mini for a Repair

The first step, of course, is to take it apart. These devices are small, and everything is jam-packed inside.

With some patience, we can get into the motherboard by removing the fan and the wifi antenna shield.

2013 Mac Mini Repair - Slow System upgrade to SSD
Sliding and removing motherboard on 2013 Mac Mini Repair

Servicing 2013 Slow Mac Mini while for a Repair

Once all cables are detached, we can slide out the board carefully. This way, we can service the system. This Mac Mini runs CAD Architect software, one can imagine the heat it generates regularly. No wonder why the hard drive is failing and causing the system to lag and work slow.

2013 Mac Mini Repair - Slow System upgrade to SSD
2013 Mac Mini Logic Board

As we can see, the logic board of the Mac is very dusty. But most importantly, the thermal paste must have completely dry through the years.

2013 Mac Mini Repair - Slow System upgrade to SSD
Dried up thermal compound overheating 2013 Mac Mini Repair

Therefore, servicing these great machines is of paramount importance. Undoubtedly, any device with limited airflow due to the thin design should go for service annually.

2013 Mac Mini Repair - Slow System upgrade to SSD
Cleaning and reapplying thermal compound on a 2013 Mac Mini

Repairing Slow 2013 Mac Mini

The cause for the slow and laggy response from this Mac Mini is its mechanical drive. Over the years, it reaches the end of its lifespan and reduces its read/write speed. As a result, this affects each program that runs on it. Causing them to respond extremely slow.

2013 Mac Mini Repair - Slow System upgrade to SSD
2013 Mac Mini Repair – Slow System upgrade to SSD

Most importantly, it inevitably bounds a permanent failure, which, if not watched on time, may cause the drive to seize functionality and loss of data.

2013 Mac Mini Repair - Slow System upgrade to SSD
Imaging existing Software and Data on a slow 2013 Mac Mini Repair

Successful 2013 Slow Mac Mini Repair

2013 Mac Mini Repair - Slow System upgrade to SSD
Running extensive tests on a 2013 Mac Mini

It was crucial that the customer brought this Mac Mini for repair before it ultimately failed the hard drive. This way, we can now image the existing Operating System, Software and Data onto the replaced SSD.

2013 Mac Mini Repair - Slow System upgrade to SSD
Imaged Software and Data on a Slow Mac Mini with upgraded SSD

Imagine the agony customer would have to go through to replace and reinstall all that software accumulated since 2013. Most notably, all those licenses distributed as one-off purchases cost him thousands back then. Now, all that software is on subscription bases, which does not allow you to own them. And in the long run, costs are tens of times more than one-off purchases.

See the repairs in action, subscribe to get tips and learn how we do repairs

Do you need this Repair in Adelaide?

If your Macbook or Laptop is causing trouble and you need a Laptop & Macbook Repair Service in Adelaide, give us a call, and we will advise on the best scenario to get your Device repaired.

We at IT-Solve, specialise in Mac, Laptops and Electronics Repairs. We will do our best to repair your Device quickly without involving high costs and long waiting times in Repair shops. Our average repair takes under a week!

Trust Australia’s Highest Rated Macbook Repair Service!


Repaired, not Replaced!

We are committed to reducing e-waste in Australia. We do it by educating our customers on the reparability and longevity of their devices, as well as providing affordable Laptop and Macbook Repairs here in Adelaide.
Although our best intentions and hard work, this is not an easy task. Customers must accept that cost of high-quality electronic repairs is between a third and half of the price of a new device. However, with the current trend of planned obsolescence in electronic design, we see more and more Laptops having shorter lifespans. To tackle that, while we do our repairs, we target common planned obsolescence engineering design mistakes to ensure we extend the life expectancy of the Laptops we Repair. Check some of our Repair Cases to get an idea of the process.

That said, if we buy a new one or write it off via insurance, it does not guarantee that the new one will not meet the same fate as the older one pretty soon.

Quite often, we see accidents reoccurring within less than 2-year gaps. So if we can save 2000$ or even 1000$ today by repairing our faulty Laptop or Macbook is brilliant. That’s an extra half cost of a Device, ready to be spent on another one. If the time comes or our need for performance changes.
When that time comes is up to us to buy a new one or keep pushing the one we have, but delaying it by a year or three is always a good starting point and saves another abandoned Laptop or Macbook from polluting our only Planet.

Check Other Repair Cases