Welp, as far as I know, this 2010 Mac Mini was working just fine before I decided to do the dual drive upgrade to it. I opened it up, took it apart, put in the new harddrive and caddy, and put everything back together. It won’t turn on. At all. No power seems to be getting to it at all. I’ve tried multiple outlets. It just doesn’t respond. So, I very carefully took it back apart and put it back together again. All the wires in their proper places. Still nothing. Did I trip something I need to reset or did the Mac Mini power supply die on me?
I’ve never had this happen before. I have had issues of course, but I was always able to determine if there was power flowing, even if I couldn’t get things to continue to work. This has me flummoxed. Worse, this Mac Mini doesn’t belong to me, it belongs to my union, where I am the IT Director. Now, it’s at my home, and I can keep it here for a little while, but I’ll either need to return it in a working state or face the music that I potentially broke it (of course, it also is 8 years old, it’s also possible this is a failure which is simply coincidental).
UPDATE: I went ahead and put it all back together as it was originally. Still no power at all. Tried NVRAM/SMC resets, of course nothing. I’ll take it to the Apple Store to have them test it there to at least tell me what part might be the problem (or if I am really just stupid and missed something obvious). I suspect the power supply or the logic board. Either of these are, frankly, cost prohibitive to fix for the union (unless someone has something they are willing to ship to me to Japan, note, even with the shipping, I suspect it will be cheaper than purchasing in Japan). As it is, I am really the only Mac user in the office, so I don’t think this is getting repaired. It MIGHT be replaced, but if so, almost certainly it will not another Mac Mini.