How to Repair a Mac Mini: The Tools You Need

For Apple Certified Macintosh Technicians (ACMT) one of the most important day-to-day tasks is making sure you have the correct tools to carry out repairs at hand. With the vast range of models knowing what tools to set out for each repair isn’t as easy as it sounds. Over the next weeks I will give you a brief look at the list of tools required for Qualified Technicians to Repair each Mac Model.

Most of the tools are available from most hardware/DIY Stores. A small range are Apple Specific Tools and these can be purchased direct from Apple.

Mac Mini (2006-2009)
Mac Mini (2010-2011)
• ESD WristStrap and Mat
• Nylon Probe Tool/Black Stick (922-5065)
  • Tweezers
  • Jewelers #0 Phillips Screwdriver
  • Jewelers #1 Phillips Screwdriver
  • Phillips #2 Screwdriver
  • Needlenose Pliers
  • Putty Knife
  • Torx T6, Magnetized
  • Torx T8, Magnetized
  • Torx T9, Magnetized
  • 2mm Hex Wrench
  • #0 Phillips Screwdriver
  • Logic Board removal Tool


You may find the need for some additional tools, which are optional, but above is the minimum required to do the full range of repairs.

NOTE – The Apple Certified Macintosh Technician (ACMT) course that we run here at Amsys will not only train you to repair Apple Macintosh Products, but will also discuss in depth these tools and which products require which tools.
(It is very important that you have adequate knowledge of ESD safety and the ESD equipment required, which is also described in detail in the ACMT course).

Click here for full details of the ACMT course and schedule

By Russell Harris & Daryl McCartney

2 Replies to "How to Repair a Mac Mini: The Tools You Need"

  • David

    This is a useful list before I start on pulling a Mac Mini apart this weekend.

    But how big a putty knife is required? They come in a variety of widths.

    • Just a small putty knife (1.5″). Just a note that If your Mac Mini is still covered under Warranty then a non Authorised Service Provider opening the Mac will invalidate the warranty.

      If the warranty is still intact then don’t hesitate in contacting us and we can gladly repair the machine for you. Also if you need to replace any component Out of Warranty we also provide this service.

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